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Quantitative Evaluation of Image Quality using Automatic Exposure Control & Sensitivity in the Digital Chest Image

디지털 흉부영상에서 자동노출제어 및 감도변화를 이용한 영상품질의 정량적인 평가

Lee, Jin-Soo;Ko, Seong-Jin;Kang, Se-Sik;Kim, Jung-Hoon;Kim, Dong-Hyun;Kim, Changsoo
이진수;고성진;강세식;김정훈;김동현;김창수

  • Received : 2013.04.30
  • Accepted : 2013.06.10
  • Published : 2013.08.31

Abstract

The patient radiation dose is different depending on selection of Ion chamber when taking Chest PA which using AEC. In this paper, we studied acquiring the best diagnostic images according to selection of Ion chamber on AEC mode as well as minimizing patient radiation dose. Experimental methods were selection of Ion chamber and change of sensitivity under the same conditions as Chest PA projection. At AEC mode, two upper ion chambers sensors and one lower ion chamber sensor were divided into 7 cases according to selection of on/off. after measuring five times respectively, we obtained average value and calculated exposure dose. Image assessment was done with measured Modulation Transfer Function, Peak Signal to Noise Ratio, Root Mean Square, Signal to Noise Ratio, Contrast to Noise Ratio, Mean to Standard deviation Ratio respectively. In exposure assessment results, selection of two upper chambers was the lowest. In resolution assessment results, image of two upper chambers had the second high spatial frequency at sensitivity at 625(High) was 1.343 lp/mm. RMS value of image selecting two upper chambers was low secondly. SNR, CNR, MSR were the high value secondly. As the sensitivity was increased, radiation dose was decreased but better image could be obtained on image quality. In order to obtain the best medical images while minimizing the dose, usage of two upper ion chambers is considered to be clinically useful at sensitivity 625(High).

Keywords

Auto Exposure Control;Sensitivity;Image Quality;Exposure Dose

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