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Application of a Channelized Hotelling Observer Model to Evaluate Angiographic Imaging Equipment

C Favazza

C Favazza*, K Fetterly , N Hangiandreou , S Leng , B Schueler , Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


WE-E-18A-9 Wednesday 1:45PM - 3:45PM Room: 18A

Purpose: To develop and apply an observer model to objectively evaluate and compare the performance of different angiographic imaging equipment and acquisition variables.

Image Acquisition— Iodine-based phantoms were created with target diameters: 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 mm. The phantoms were imaged using both planes of a bi-plane angiography system with detector pixel dimensions 0.1542 mm² and 0.1842 mm², respectively. All four phantoms were imaged with magnification factors 1.5, 1.25 and 1 and with the large and small focal spots. Phantom position and the dose per frame (0.12-0.24 μGy/frame) were varied for a single phantom size, magnification and focal spot.

Observer Model— For each experimental condition, 1200 signal-present and signal-absent images were acquired and a detectability index (d’) was calculated with a Gabor-channelized Hotelling observer (CHO) model. Detectability indices were evaluated as a function of dose, phantom size, and magnification. The model was then applied to compare d’ of the two imaging planes and focal spots. Uncertainty in d’ was estimated by bootstrapping the data and by examining the shift-variance of systems.

Results: Detectability indices varied linearly with magnification and the square root of dose. For the 2 and 4 mm phantoms, d’ varied linearly with diameter. For the 0.5 and 1 mm phantoms, d’ expectedly deviated from this linear relationship due to substantial detector and focal spot blurring of the phantoms. The small focal spot yielded up to 50% greater d’ values than the large focal spot. For the two detectors, differences in d’ did not exceed the estimated ~7% error.

Conclusions: The detectability indices predictably scaled with dose, diameter, magnification, and focal spot size and serve to validate the model. Results demonstrate statistically similar target detectability for both investigated detectors, despite differences in pixel dimensions. This CHO model provides a framework to evaluate angiographic system performance.

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