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Objective comparison of image quality and dose between conventional and synchrotron radiation mammography.
Physics in medicine and biology
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article - Publication Status: ppublish
The shape of the energy spectrum produced by an x-ray tube has a great importance in mammography. Many anode-filtration combinations have been proposed to obtain the most effective spectrum shape for the image quality-dose relationship. On the other hand, third generation synchrotrons such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble are able to produce a high flux of monoenergetic radiation. It is thus a powerful tool to study the effect of beam energy on image quality and dose in mammography. An objective method was used to evaluate image quality and dose in mammography with synchrotron radiation and to compare them to standard conventional units. It was performed systematically in the energy range of interest for mammography through the evaluation of a global image quality index and through the measurement of the mean glandular dose. Compared to conventional mammography units, synchrotron radiation shows a great improvement of the image quality-dose relationship, which is due to the beam monochromaticity and to the high intrinsic collimation of the beam, which allows the use of a slit instead of an anti-scatter grid for scatter rejection.
Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Mammography, Models, Theoretical, Phantoms, Imaging, Radiometry, Scattering, Radiation, X-Rays
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