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A European Protocol for Technical Quality Control of Breast Tomosynthesis Systems

  • Ruben E. van Engen
  • Hilde Bosmans
  • Ramona W. Bouwman
  • David R. Dance
  • Patrice Heid
  • Barbara Lazzari
  • Nicholas W. Marshall
  • Stephan Schopphoven
  • Celia Strudley
  • Martin Thijssen
  • Kenneth C. Young
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8539)

Abstract

Quality control (QC) procedures for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) systems are a crucial part of the acceptance of a new modality. In contrast to the situation in the US, the European approach is to provide a device independent protocol with limiting values that should be applied to all systems. A European QC protocol that deals with this challenge is being developed and is currently work-in-progress. In this paper four specific QC tests for DBT, which have reached an (almost) final stage, are presented: reproducibility, system projection MTF, z-resolution and missed tissue at the top and bottom of the reconstructed volume. The proposed tests have been evaluated on several DBT systems. The encouraging results show that these tests will form an appropriate and necessary part of QC procedures for DBT.

Keywords

Quality control tomosynthesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruben E. van Engen
    • 1
  • Hilde Bosmans
    • 2
  • Ramona W. Bouwman
    • 1
  • David R. Dance
    • 3
  • Patrice Heid
    • 4
  • Barbara Lazzari
    • 5
  • Nicholas W. Marshall
    • 2
  • Stephan Schopphoven
    • 6
  • Celia Strudley
    • 3
  • Martin Thijssen
    • 7
  • Kenneth C. Young
    • 3
  1. 1.National Expert and Training Centre for Breast Cancer Screening (LRCB)NijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity Hospitals LeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.National Coordinating Centre for the Physics of Mammography (NCCPM)Royal Surrey County HospitalGuildfordUK
  4. 4.ArcadesMarseilleFrance
  5. 5.General Hospital PistoiaItaly
  6. 6.Mammografie Screening Referenzzentrum SüdwestMarburgGermany
  7. 7.Rijnstate ZiekenhuisArnhemThe Netherlands

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