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  1. Computed radiography

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    In an effort to evaluate the feasibility of introducing computed radiography (FCR) into mass screening for lung cancer, the ability of FCR to detect nodules one cm in diameter was examined using a humanoid chest phantom. Based on the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis, the detectability of FCR was compared with that of conventional radiography and photofluorography. The values of area under ROC curves were higher for FCR (0.963 for image similar to that with conventional film-intensifying screen system, image A; and 0.952 for processed image, image B) than the other two methods (0.774 for radiography and 0.789 for photofluorography). Degradation of image quality in FCR could be avoided by a wide latitude even if proper exposure techniques might not be employed. Images A and B in FCR yielded excellent delineation for nodules in the lung field and in the retrocardiac and subdiaphragmatic regions, respectively. This may have implications for the value of simultaneous interpretation of both images in increasing diagnostic accuracy. Structured noise of the ribs and blood vessels had scarcely an effect on nodule detectability in FCR. Radiation dose could be reduced to one third of the standard dose. It can thus be concluded that FCR is feasible in mass screening for lung cancer in terms of increased diagnostic ability and low radiation doses. (Namekawa, K.)

  2. Scale analysis using X-ray microfluorescence and computed radiography

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    Scale deposits are the most common and most troublesome damage problems in the oil field and can occur in both production and injection wells. They occur because the minerals in produced water exceed their saturation limit as temperatures and pressures change. Scale can vary in appearance from hard crystalline material to soft, friable material and the deposits can contain other minerals and impurities such as paraffin, salt and iron. In severe conditions, scale creates a significant restriction, or even a plug, in the production tubing. This study was conducted to qualify the elements present in scale samples and quantify the thickness of the scale layer using synchrotron radiation micro-X-ray fluorescence (SR?XRF) and computed radiography (CR) techniques. The SR?XRF results showed that the elements found in the scale samples were strontium, barium, calcium, chromium, sulfur and iron. The CR analysis showed that the thickness of the scale layer was identified and quantified with accuracy. These results can help in the decision making about removing the deposited scale. - Highlights: • Qualification of the elements present in scale deposits by SR?XRF. • Analysis of the distribution of the elements in scale samples. • Quantification of the scale layer thickness by computed radiography

  3. Comparative study between computed radiography and conventional radiography

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    In Industrial Radiography, there are many criteria that need to be considered based on established standards to accept or reject the radiographic film. For conventional radiography, we need to consider the optical density by using the densitometer when viewing the film on the viewer. But in the computed radiography (CR) we need to evaluate and performed the analysis from the quality of the digital image through grey value. There are many factors that affected the digital image quality. One of the factors which are affected to the digital image quality in the image processing is grey value that related to the contrast resolution. In this work, we performed grey value study measurement on digital radiography systems and compared it with exposed films in conventional radiography. The test sample is a steel step wedge. We found out the contrast resolution is higher in Computed Radiography compared with Conventional Radiography. (author)

  4. Analysis of the painting 'Gioventu' (Eliseu Visconti) using EDXRF and computed radiography

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    Calza, Cristiane [Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory-COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)], E-mail: ccalza@lin.ufrj.br; Oliveira, Davi F.; Souza Rocha, Henrique de [Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory-COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Pedreira, Andrea [National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Tadeu Lopes, Ricardo [Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory-COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2010-04-15

    In this work, the painting 'Gioventu' (Eliseu Visconti, 1898) was analyzed by means of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence and computed radiography. A portable EDXRF system was employed to identify the pigments used by the artist: yellow, red and brown ocher; umber; vermilion; cobalt blue; lead white and viridian (or chromium oxide). The CR analysis revealed that the painting was in a good state of conservation and also a previous composition hidden under the painting.

  5. Computational radiology in skeletal radiography

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    Peloschek, Ph.; Nemec, S. [Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR), Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Widhalm, P. [Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR), Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Group, Department of Computer Aided Automation, Vienna University of Technology, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10/020, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Donner, R. [Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR), Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Group, Department of Computer Aided Automation, Vienna University of Technology, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10/020, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 16, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Birngruber, E. [Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR), Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Thodberg, H.H. [Visiana Aps, Sollerodvej 57C, DK-2840 Holte (Denmark); Kainberger, F. [Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR), Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Langs, G. [Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR), Department of Radiology, Medical University Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)], E-mail: georg.langs@meduniwien.ac.at

    2009-11-15

    Recent years have brought rapid developments in computational image analysis in musculo-skeletal radiology. Meanwhile the algorithms have reached a maturity that makes initial clinical use feasible. Applications range from joint space measurement to erosion quantification, and from fracture detection to the assessment of alignment angles. Current results of computational image analysis in radiography are very promising, but some fundamental issues remain to be clarified, among which the definition of the optimal trade off between automatization and operator-dependency, the integration of these tools into clinical work flow and last not least the proof of incremental clinical benefit of these methods.

  6. Evaluation of the map accuracy thickness defects by computer analysis of the radiography images

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    Analysis of the sensitivity map radiography for the local profiles of the surface steel plate with artificial of the thickness defects were presented of the paper. Errors of these method estimation and they sources were presented also. Usefulness of this mapping radiography during field investigations for paper and film carriers were discussed and concluded. (author)

  7. X-ray fluorescence and computed radiography analysis of a famous brazilian painting from XIX century

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    Calza, Cristiane; Oliveira, Davi F.; Rocha, Henrique S.; Lopes, Ricardo Tadeu [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear], e-mail: ccalza@lin.ufrj.br; Pedreira, Andrea [Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    This work used Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) and Computed Radiography (CR) to evaluate the general conditions of the painting 'Gioventu' (Eliseu Visconti, 1898), identifying possible problems, areas that revealed signs of previous retouchings and the pigments used by the artist. EDXRF measurements were carried out with a portable system consisting of an X-ray tube Oxford TF3005 with W anode, operating at 25 kV and 100 {mu}A, and a Si-PIN XR-100CR detector from Amptek. Several spectra were obtained in each color, with an acquisition time of 300 s and a beam collimation of 2 mm. The spectra were analyzed using the software QXAS-AXIL (IAEA). The results revealed that the drawings were made over a preparatory layer of lead white. Some pigments identified were: yellow, red and brown ochre; umbra; vermilion; cobalt blue; etc. The experimental setup used in the CR analysis consisted of an Oxford X-ray source, operating at 50 kV and 200 {mu}A, placed at 85 cm from the painting, a GE CR 50P portable computed radiography scanner and a Fuji imaging plate detector. The exposure time was 600 s. The radiographic images revealed that the painting was in a good state of conservation and also a complete composition hidden underneath the visible paint layer.(author)

  8. X-ray fluorescence and computed radiography analysis of a famous brazilian painting from XIX century

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    This work used Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) and Computed Radiography (CR) to evaluate the general conditions of the painting 'Gioventu' (Eliseu Visconti, 1898), identifying possible problems, areas that revealed signs of previous retouchings and the pigments used by the artist. EDXRF measurements were carried out with a portable system consisting of an X-ray tube Oxford TF3005 with W anode, operating at 25 kV and 100 ?A, and a Si-PIN XR-100CR detector from Amptek. Several spectra were obtained in each color, with an acquisition time of 300 s and a beam collimation of 2 mm. The spectra were analyzed using the software QXAS-AXIL (IAEA). The results revealed that the drawings were made over a preparatory layer of lead white. Some pigments identified were: yellow, red and brown ochre; umbra; vermilion; cobalt blue; etc. The experimental setup used in the CR analysis consisted of an Oxford X-ray source, operating at 50 kV and 200 ?A, placed at 85 cm from the painting, a GE CR 50P portable computed radiography scanner and a Fuji imaging plate detector. The exposure time was 600 s. The radiographic images revealed that the painting was in a good state of conservation and also a complete composition hidden underneath the visible paint layer.(author)

  9. Comparison of different computed radiography systems: Physical characterization and contrast detail analysis

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    Rivetti, Stefano; Lanconelli, Nico; Bertolini, Marco; Nitrosi, Andrea; Burani, Aldo; Acchiappati, Domenico [Servizio Fisica Sanitaria, ' ' Azienda USL di Modena' ' , 41100 Modena (Italy); Department of Physics, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, 40127 Bologna (Italy); Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, 42123 Reggio Emilia (Italy); ' ' Azienda USL di Modena' ' , Ospedale di Sassuolo, 41049 Sassuolo (Italy); Servizio Fisica Sanitaria, ' ' Azienda USL di Modena' ' , 41100 Modena (Italy)

    2010-02-15

    Purpose: In this study, five different units based on three different technologies--traditional computed radiography (CR) units with granular phosphor and single-side reading, granular phosphor and dual-side reading, and columnar phosphor and line-scanning reading--are compared in terms of physical characterization and contrast detail analysis. Methods: The physical characterization of the five systems was obtained with the standard beam condition RQA5. Three of the units have been developed by FUJIFILM (FCR ST-VI, FCR ST-BD, and FCR Velocity U), one by Kodak (Direct View CR 975), and one by Agfa (DX-S). The quantitative comparison is based on the calculation of the modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). Noise investigation was also achieved by using a relative standard deviation analysis. Psychophysical characterization is assessed by performing a contrast detail analysis with an automatic reading of CDRAD images. Results: The most advanced units based on columnar phosphors provide MTF values in line or better than those from conventional CR systems. The greater thickness of the columnar phosphor improves the efficiency, allowing for enhanced noise properties. In fact, NPS values for standard CR systems are remarkably higher for all the investigated exposures and especially for frequencies up to 3.5 lp/mm. As a consequence, DQE values for the three units based on columnar phosphors and line-scanning reading, or granular phosphor and dual-side reading, are neatly better than those from conventional CR systems. Actually, DQE values of about 40% are easily achievable for all the investigated exposures. Conclusions: This study suggests that systems based on the dual-side reading or line-scanning reading with columnar phosphors provide a remarkable improvement when compared to conventional CR units and yield results in line with those obtained from most digital detectors for radiography.

  10. Computed radiography in NDT application

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    Computed Radiography, or digital radiography by use of reusable Storage Phosphor screens, offers a convenient and reliable way to replace film. In addition to the reduced cost on consumables, the return on investment of CR systems is strongly determined by savings in exposure time, processing times and archival times. But also intangible costs like plant shutdown, environment safety and longer usability of isotopes are increasingly important when considering replacing film by Storage Phosphor systems. But mote than in traditional radiography, the use of digital images is a trade-off between the speed and the required quality. Better image quality is obtained by longer exposure times, slower phosphor screens and higher scan resolutions. Therefore, different kinds of storage phosphor screens are needed in order to cover every application. Most operations have the data, associated with the tests to be performed, centrally stored in a database. Using a digital radiography system gives not only the advantages of the manipulation of digital images, but also the digital data that is associated with it. Smart methods to associate cassettes and Storage screens with exposed images enhance the workflow of the NDT processes, and avoid human error. Automated measurements tools increase the throughput in different kinds of operations. This paper gives an overview of the way certain operations have decided to replace film by Computed Radiography, and what the major benefits for them have been.

  11. Comparison of radiographic texture analysis from computed radiography and bone densitometry systems

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    Osteoporosis is a disease that results in an increased risk of bone fracture due to a loss of bone mass and deterioration of bone structure. Bone mineral density (BMD) provides a measure of bone mass and is frequently measured by bone densitometry systems to diagnose osteoporosis. In addition, computerized radiographic texture analysis (RTA) is currently being investigated as a measure of bone structure and as an additional diagnostic predictor of osteoporosis. In this study, we assessed the ability of a peripheral bone densitometry (PD) system to yield images useful for RTA. The benefit of such a system is that it measures BMD by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and therefore provides high- and low-energy digital radiographic images. The bone densitometry system investigated was the GE/Lunar PIXI, which provides 512x512 digital images of the heel or forearm (0.2 mm pixels). We compared texture features of heel images obtained with this PD system to those obtained on a Fuji computed radiography (CR) system (0.1 mm pixels). Fourier and fractal-based texture features of images from 24 subjects who had both CR and BMD exams were calculated, and correlation between the two systems was analyzed. Fourier-based texture features characterize the magnitude, frequency content, and orientation of the trabecular bone pattern. Good correlation was found between the two modalities for the first moment (FMP) with r=0.71 (p value0.05), while the standard deviation of the RMS did correlate with r=0.79 (p value<0.0001). Good correlation was also found between the two modalities for the fractal-based texture features with r=0.79 (p value<0.0001) for the global Minkowski dimension and r=0.63 (p value=0.0007) for the fractal dimension from a box counting method. The PD system therefore may have the potential for yielding heel images suitable for RTA

  12. Acute Knee Trauma: Analysis of Multidetector Computed Tomography Findings and Comparison with Conventional Radiography

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    Purpose: To evaluate the multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) findings of acute knee trauma and to compare radiography with MDCT in patients referred ta level 1 trauma center. Material and Methods: During a 5-year period, a total of 415 MDCT examinations were performed on 409 patients with acute knee trauma to reveal complex fracture anatomy or rule out a fracture. MDCT and primary radiographs were re-evaluated with respect to fracture location and trauma mechanism. Tibial plateau fractures were further analyzed depending on anatomical location: anterior-medial, anterior-lateral, posterior-lateral, and posterior-medial regions. Maximal depression of the tibial articular surface was measured. Findings on the primary knee radiographs were compared with MDCT findings. Results: Of the 409 patients, 356 (87%) had a knee fracture. A total of 451 fractures were found in all anatomic regions: distal femur ( n = 49), proximal tibia ( n 307), patella ( n = 23), and proximal fibula ( n = 72). Primary radiographs were available in 316 (76%) cases. Of these, 225 (71%) had MDCT in order to reveal the fracture anatomy better, and 91 (29%) had a subsequent MDCT after negative plain radiographs. Overall sensitivity of radiography was 83%, while negative predictive value was 49%. On radiography, tibial plateau articular depression was underestimated in all regions except when the fracture consisted of the whole half of the anterior or posterior plateau. The three main injury mechanrior plateau. The three main injury mechanisms were traffic accident, a simple fall, and sport. In 49 cases (15%), primary radiographs were suboptimal due to positioning. Conclusion: In severely injured patients, diagnostically sufficient radiographs are difficult to obtain, and therefore a negative radiograph is not reliable in ruling out a fracture. In these patients, MDCT is a fast and accurate examination and is also recommended in patients with tibial plateau fractures or complex knee injuries in order to evaluate the fracture adequately

  13. Acute Knee Trauma: Analysis of Multidetector Computed Tomography Findings and Comparison with Conventional Radiography

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    Mustonen, A.O.T. [Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital (Finland). Dept. of Radiology; Koskinen, S.K. [Research Inst. of Military Medicine, Helsinki (Finland); Kiuru, M.J. [ORTON Orthopaedic Hospital, Helsinki (Finland)

    2005-12-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) findings of acute knee trauma and to compare radiography with MDCT in patients referred ta level 1 trauma center. Material and Methods: During a 5-year period, a total of 415 MDCT examinations were performed on 409 patients with acute knee trauma to reveal complex fracture anatomy or rule out a fracture. MDCT and primary radiographs were re-evaluated with respect to fracture location and trauma mechanism. Tibial plateau fractures were further analyzed depending on anatomical location: anterior-medial, anterior-lateral, posterior-lateral, and posterior-medial regions. Maximal depression of the tibial articular surface was measured. Findings on the primary knee radiographs were compared with MDCT findings. Results: Of the 409 patients, 356 (87%) had a knee fracture. A total of 451 fractures were found in all anatomic regions: distal femur ( n = 49), proximal tibia ( n 307), patella ( n = 23), and proximal fibula ( n = 72). Primary radiographs were available in 316 (76%) cases. Of these, 225 (71%) had MDCT in order to reveal the fracture anatomy better, and 91 (29%) had a subsequent MDCT after negative plain radiographs. Overall sensitivity of radiography was 83%, while negative predictive value was 49%. On radiography, tibial plateau articular depression was underestimated in all regions except when the fracture consisted of the whole half of the anterior or posterior plateau. The three main injury mechanisms were traffic accident, a simple fall, and sport. In 49 cases (15%), primary radiographs were suboptimal due to positioning. Conclusion: In severely injured patients, diagnostically sufficient radiographs are difficult to obtain, and therefore a negative radiograph is not reliable in ruling out a fracture. In these patients, MDCT is a fast and accurate examination and is also recommended in patients with tibial plateau fractures or complex knee injuries in order to evaluate the fracture adequately.

  14. Fact or fiction: An analysis of the 10 kVp ‘rule’ in computed radiography

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    Purpose: To determine whether increasing the tube voltage by 10 kVp whilst reducing the tube current by 50% (10 kVp ‘rule’) produces similar perceptual image quality. Method: 391 matched pairs of anthropomorphic chest phantom X-ray images were produced on a computed radiography (CR) system. Five experienced clinicians graded the images using a 2 alternative forced choice comparison method. Based on acquisition parameters and dose area product (DAP) readings, effective dose (E) was calculated for all images using dose calculation software. Results: Perceptual image quality scores prior to and following application of the 10 kVp ‘rule’ were found have no statistical difference (p > 0.1), indicating that the increase in kVp and reduction in mAs had limited impact on the perceptual image quality. In all cases E reduced, with an average 36% (s.d 7%) after the ‘rule’ had been applied (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Results demonstrate that application of the 10 kVp ‘rule’ significantly reduces E, with no significant reduction in perceptual image quality. Further research should be conducted for a range of examinations using CR and digital radiography (DR) systems

  15. Computed radiography utilizing scanning laser stimulated luminescence

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    A new system of computed radiography that is based on new concepts and the latest computer technologies has been developed. This system eliminates the drawbacks of conventional screen-film radiography. The basic principle of the system is the conversion of the x-ray energy pattern into digital signals utilizing scanning laser stimulated luminescence (SLSL)

  16. Visual Grading Analysis of image quality in pediatric abdominal images acquired by Direct Digital Radiography and Computer Radiography Systems

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    Oliveira, Anais; MARTINS, ALEXANDRA; Avelãs, Rita; Santos, Mónica; Martins, Paula; De Francesco, Silvia; Sá-Couto, Pedro; Ferreira, Carlos, ed. lit.

    2013-01-01

    The advent of digital technology allowed for great improvements in radiology and lead the way for digital radiology, leaving behind conventional x-ray techniques, [1]. Digital post-processing of image is the main advantage of digital image systems (e.g., computed radiology and direct digital radiology) over the conventional systems. Image quality can indeed be improved avoiding the increase of patient dose and the number of unnecessary exposures [1-3]. Image quality is directly linked to the ...

  17. Bronchiectasis : diagnostic accuracy of chest computed radiography

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    The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of chest computed radiography for the detection of bronchiectasis diagnosed by high-resolution CT. Our study included 100 consecutive patients with bronchiectasis and 20 normal subjects, all seen on high-resolution CT. Two independent observers analyzed chest computed radiographs and recorded the presence and type of bronchiectasis, and the involved lobe. On high-resolution CT, bronchiectasis was seen in one lobe in 29 patients, two lobes in 29, three lobes in 16, four lobes in 14, five lobes in 10, and six lobes in two. The bronchiectasis was tubular in 55 patients, mixed tubular and cystic in 29, and cystic in 16. For observer 1, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of chest computed radiography was 95%, 85%, and 93%, respectively, while for observer 2, the corresponding figures were 93%, 85%, and 92%. Sensitivity and specificity for observer 1 were 33% and 96% for the right upper lobe (46% and 95% for observer 2), 68% and 86% for the right middle lobe (76% and 86%), 70% and 78% for the right lower lobe (48% and 83%), 50% and 100% for the left upper lobe (50% and 97%), 63% and 90% for the lingular segment (49% and 93%), and 87% and 75% for the left lower lobe (75% and 90%), respectively. Tubular bronchiectasis involving a single lobe was the most common source of false negative readings based on the findings of chest computed radiography. Because chest computed radiography is not inferior to high-resod radiography is not inferior to high-resolution CT for the detection of bronchiectasis, the routine use of chest computed radiography in screening for bronchiectasis is feasible. However, due to its low sensitivity in detecting bronchiectasis in a specific lobe, preoperative high-resolution CT examination may be needed

  18. Quasi-monochromatic parallel radiography utilizing a computed radiography system

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    A fundamental study on quasi-monochromatic parallel radiography using a polycapillary plate and a copper-target X-ray tube is described. The X-ray generator consists of a negative high-voltage power supply, a filament (hot cathode) power supply, and an X-ray tube. The negative high-voltage is applied to the cathode electrode, and the anode electrode is connected to the ground. In this experiment, the tube voltage was regulated from12-25 kV, and the tube current was regulated within 3.0 mA by the filament temperature. The exposure time was controlled in order to obtain optimum X-ray intensity, and the maximum focal spot dimensions were approximately 2 mmx1.5 mm. The polycapillary plate was J5022-21 (Hamamatsu Photonics Inc.), and the plate thickness was 1.0 mm. The outer, effective, and hole diameters were 87 mm, 77 mm, and 25 ?m, respectively. Quasi-monochromatic X-rays were produced using a 10 ?m-thick copper filter, and these rays were formed into parallel beams by the polycapillary, and the radiogram was taken using a computed radiography system utilizing imaging plates. In the measurement of image resolution, the resolution fell according to increases in the distance between the chart and imaging plate using a polycapillary. We could observe a 50 ?m tungsten wire clearly, and fine blood vessels of approximately 100 ?m were visible in angiography

  19. Computed radiography- the state of the art

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    Despite the advantages obtained with the radiographic inspection, the risks inherent to the exposure of ionizing radiations not always represented the major limiters regarding the employment of the technique. However, with the arrival of the computed radiography, the industrial radiology gets space again due to the benefits provided by the new technology, among which the following are outstanding: possibility of reduction of the time of radiography exposure and, consequently, of the marking area, direct acquisition of images, reduction of consumables and chemical waste and possibility of using again the detectors (imaging plates). Before such a favorable scenario, the computed radiography is being highlighted as the solution for almost all the problems, even without the full knowledge of its advantages and restrictions. This work briefly presents the state of the art related with the industrial applications (in-service inspection of wall loss and weld inspection) and the limitations noticed up to the moment are discussed. (author)

  20. Multidimensional analysis in industrial radiography

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    EDF uses non-destructive testing by X or gamma-ray radiography for routine nozzle inspection in nuclear power plants. The images obtained are examined by radiographic specialists in order to detect, identify and quantify any defects, but the quality of the radiograms and the small size of the defects make their work extremely difficult. It is for these reasons that EDF developed ENTRAIGUES, a digital package for the processing and aid in interpretation of images generated by radiographical inspections, aimed at: -digitizing the radiographic films to be appraised, - facilitating analysis of the digitized radiograms. Defect orientation is estimated by 3D reconstruction of the component being inspected, based on a limited number of its projections. (authors). 11 figs., 6 refs

  1. Computed Radiography: An Innovative Inspection Technique

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    Florida Power and Light Company's (FPL) Nuclear Division combined two diverse technologies to create an innovative inspection technique, Computed Radiography, that improves personnel safety and unit reliability while reducing inspection costs. This technique was pioneered in the medical field and applied in the Nuclear Division initially to detect piping degradation due to flow-accelerated corrosion. Component degradation can be detected by this additional technique. This approach permits FPL to reduce inspection costs, perform on line examinations (no generation curtailment), and to maintain or improve both personnel safety and unit reliability. Computed Radiography is a very versatile tool capable of other uses: - improving the external corrosion program by permitting inspections underneath insulation, and - diagnosing system and component problems such as valve positions, without the need to shutdown or disassemble the component. (authors)

  2. Integrating computer aided radiography and plantar pressure measurements for complex gait analysis

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    Radiographic Fluoroscopy (DRF) and Contact Pressure Display (CPD). The CPD method uses a birefiingent integrated optical sandwich for contact stress analysis, e.g. plantar pressure distribution. The DRF method displays and electronically records skeletal motion using X-ray radiation, providing the exact bone and joint positions during gait. Integrating the two techniques, contribution of each segment to the HFS behavior may be studied by applying image processing and analysis techniques. The combined resulted data may be used not only to detect and diagnose gait pathologies but also as a base for development of advanced numerical models of the foot structure

  3. Pepper seed germination assessed by combined X-radiography and computer-aided imaging analysis

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    A lot of pepper seeds having 87% germination were subjected to X-ray inspection using a non lethal dose of radiation. Seeds with less than 2.7% (on the basis of total seed area) of free space area, i.e. the spaces between embryo and endosperm, were classified as highly viable seeds (97-100% germination) with the lowest level of abnormal seedlings. Seeds X-ray classified as good were subjected to a computerised image analysis to study seed imbibition and radicle elongation. The patterns of seed area increase, chosen as the most accurate indicator of seed swelling, resembled the triphasic curve of water uptake. The first phase was completed at 9 h followed by a second phase that varied widely in time until completion of germination between 52 and 96 h. The proportion of seeds with radicle protrusion between 52-56 h and 64-72 h assessed with the image analysis was significantly higher than that recorded using a conventional germination test. In addition, the rate of increase of seed area during the third phase of imbibition, mostly due to protrusion of the radicle tip and its growth, was highly correlated with the corresponding radicle elongation rate

  4. Phosphors for conventional and computed radiography

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    In medical radiography a combination of intensifying luminescent screens with a film is used commonly as a radiation receiver. Recently, a new method has been created which is frequently referred to as digital luminescent radiography (DLR) or computed radiography. This method is based on the application of screens storing energy of ionizing radiation and releasing it in the form of photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) as they are scanned by a He-Ne laser beam. Such screens perform the function both of an X-ray converter, and that of the storage unit of the system. It is obvious that phosphors fabricated for intensifying screens and for image storing screens need to meet conflicting requirements. Nevertheless, a systematic investigation of phosphors for conventional screens has enabled phosphors with effective PSL as well as the conditions for their preparation to be found. In this paper special attention is devoted to the BaFBr:Eu phosphor - to the nature and distribution of defects in it and to the mechanism of its photo-stimulated luminescence. The important role of defect segregation, of anti-structural disordering of Frenkel type and of the diffusional mechanism of electron migration involving trapping is noted. (author)

  5. Introduction of computed radiography in two mammography services: image quality and dose analysis

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    This study has evaluated the impact of the introduction of CR technology in the routine of two mammography services operating with Lorad Affinity X-ray units and CR Fuji Profect One system. Mean glandular dose was determined to set Automatic Exposure Control parameters according to optimal image quality. Reject analysis of patient images was made to establish the overall impact in routine work. As regards to dose evaluation, the results show that in 44% of mammography exams the MGD were above action levels. It is due to inadequate AEC adjustment and insufficient training of the staff in operating CR systems. In addition, common errors with screen/film systems like wrong breast positing and selection of exposure parameters, as well as X-ray unit failures like insufficient anti scatter grid movement still occurs. This is an indication that ongoing efforts should be concentrated in the constancy of AEC adjustment for CR image plates and staff training. Until now, brazilian health authorities did not implement any program to evaluate digital systems performance, but efforts are being done in order to provide guidelines to breast screening aiming the control of breast dose compatible with optimal image quality. (author)

  6. Image analysis in industrial radiography

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    Non-destructive testing in nuclear power plants remains a major EDF objective for the coming decades. To facilitate diagnosis, the expert must be provided with elaborate decision-making aids: contrasted images, noise-free signals, pertinent parameters, ''meaningful'' images. In the field of industrial radiography, the inspector's offer of a portable system for digitalization and subsequent processing of radiographs (ENTRAIGUES) is an improvement in the inspection of primary circuit nozzles. Three major directions were followed: - improvement of images and localization of flaws (2D approach); techniques such as Markov modelling were evaluated and tested, - development of a system which can be transported on site, for digitalization, processing and subsequent archiving on inspection radiographs, known as ENTRAIGUES, - development of a program for aid in analysis of digitized radiographs (''bread-board'' version), offering an ergonomic interface and push-button processing, which is the software component in ENTRAIGUES and uses sophisticated methods: contrast enhancement, background flattening, segmentation. An other objective is to reconstruct a three-dimensional volume on the basis of a few radiographs taken at different incidences and to estimate the flaw orientation within a piece understudy. This information makes sense to experts, with regards to the deterioration rate of the flaw; the equipment concerned includes the formed bends in the primary coolant nozzles. This reconstruction problem is ill-posed and a solution can be obtained by introducing a priori information on the solution. The first step of our algorithm is a classical iterative reconstruction A.R.T. type method (Algebraic Reconstruction Techniques) which provides a rough volumic reconstructed tridimensional zone containing the flaw. Then, on this reconstructed zone, we apply a Bayesian restoration method introducing a Markov Random Field (MRF) modelling. Conclusive results have been obtained. (author). 2 figs., 4 refs

  7. Radiological protection procedures for industrial applications of computed radiography

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    Due to its very particular characteristics, industrial radiography is responsible for roughly half of the relevant accidents in nuclear industry, in developed as well as in developing countries, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Thus, safety and radiological protection in industrial gamma radiography have been receiving especial treatment by regulatory authorities of most Member States. The main objective of the present work was to evaluate, from the radioprotection point of view, the main advantages of computed radiography (CR) for filmless industrial radiography. In order to accomplish this, both techniques, i.e. conventional and filmless computed radiography were evaluated and compared through practical studies. After the studies performed at the present work it was concluded that computed radiography significantly reduces the inherent doses, reflecting in smaller restricted areas and costs, with consequent improvement in radiological protection and safety. (author)

  8. Computed radiography simulation using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX

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    Simulating x-ray images has been of great interest in recent years as it makes possible an analysis of how x-ray images are affected owing to relevant operating parameters. In this paper, a procedure for simulating computed radiographic images using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX is proposed. The sensitivity curve of the BaFBr image plate detector as well as the characteristic noise of a 16-bit computed radiography system were considered during the methodology's development. The results obtained confirm that the proposed procedure for simulating computed radiographic images is satisfactory, as it allows obtaining results comparable with experimental data. (author)

  9. Computed radiography in an emergency department setting

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    Andriole, Katherine P.; Gould, Robert G.; Arenson, Ronald L.

    1997-05-01

    Evaluation of radiologist and non-radiologist physician acceptance of computed radiography (CR) as an alternative to film-based radiography in an emergency department (ED) is performed. All emergency department radiographs are performed using photostimulable phosphor plates and rad by a computed radiography laser reader placed in the former emergency department darkroom. Soft copy images are simultaneously transmitted to high- and medium-resolution dual-monitor display stations located in radiology and ED reading rooms respectively. The on-call radiologist is automatically paged by the Radiology Information System (RIS) upon exam completion, to read the new ED imaging study. Patient demographic information including relevant clinical history is conveyed to the radiologist via the RIS. A 'wet read' preliminary radiology report is immediately transmitted back to the ED. Radiology and ED physicians are surveyed to ascertain preferences for CR or traditional screen-film, based on system implementation, image viewing and clinical impact issues. Preliminary results indicate a preference for filmless CR among the ED physicians if digital reliability and speed issues are met. This preference appears to be independent of physician level of experience. Inexperienced radiologists-in-training appear to have less comfort with softcopy reading for primary diagnosis. However, additional training in softcopy reading techniques can improve confidences. Image quality issues are most important tot he radiologist, while speed and reliability are the major issues for ED physicians. Reasons for CR preference include immediate access to images on display stations, near-zero exam retake rates, and improved response time and communication between radiology and the emergency department clinician.

  10. A methodology for radiological accidents analysis in industrial gamma radiography

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    A critical review of 34 published severe radiological accidents in industrial gamma radiography, that happened in 15 countries, from 1960 to 1988, was performed. The most frequent causes, consequences and dose estimation methods were analysed, aiming to stablish better procedures of radiation safety and accidents analysis. The objective of this work is to elaborate a radiological accidents analysis methodology in industrial gamma radiography. The suggested methodology will enable professionals to determine the true causes of the event and to estimate the dose with a good certainty. The technical analytical tree, recommended by International Atomic Energy Agency to perform radiation protection and nuclear safety programs, was adopted in the elaboration of the suggested methodology. The viability of the use of the Electron Gamma Shower 4 Computer Code System to calculate the absorbed dose in radiological accidents in industrial gamma radiography, mainly at sup(192)Ir radioactive source handling situations was also studied. (author)

  11. Collaboration in radiography: A bibliometric analysis

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    Introduction: Increasing research activity is an aim of the radiography profession, but there is a lack of knowledge of how this can be achieved. Collaboration between clinical and academic centres as well as between individuals has increased productivity in other professions and has been suggested as a strategy for radiography. This bibliometric study maps the current contribution to the radiography evidence base through a single journal. Method: All articles published in Radiography from 1997 to 2011 were reviewed to identify collaboration trends together with article type and subject. Analysis also enabled comparison of research and publication patterns. Results: 706 articles were published by 1205 individual authors. 63.0% were written by UK based authors, although this varied over time. Over 80% of authors published only single article. Two thirds of articles were collaborative with an increase in clinical-academic co-authorship over the 15 years of the study. Although the majority of articles were diagnostic imaging based, the pattern mirrors the UK workforce profile. Clinicians, including clinical-academic co-authors, tend to write about clinical practice and roles, whereas academics write about a broader range of topics. Conclusions: There has been a growth in research and scholarship within the UK radiography journal and both clinical and academic radiographers are contributing to the evidence base through increased collaboration.ollaboration.

  12. Performance evaluation of a computed radiography system

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    Roussilhe, J.; Fallet, E. [Carestream Health France, 71 - Chalon/Saone (France); Mango, St.A. [Carestream Health, Inc. Rochester, New York (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Computed radiography (CR) standards have been formalized and published in Europe and in the US. The CR system classification is defined in those standards by - minimum normalized signal-to-noise ratio (SNRN), and - maximum basic spatial resolution (SRb). Both the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and the contrast sensitivity of a CR system depend on the dose (exposure time and conditions) at the detector. Because of their wide dynamic range, the same storage phosphor imaging plate can qualify for all six CR system classes. The exposure characteristics from 30 to 450 kV, the contrast sensitivity, and the spatial resolution of the KODAK INDUSTREX CR Digital System have been thoroughly evaluated. This paper will present some of the factors that determine the system's spatial resolution performance. (authors)

  13. Study of computed radiography by whole body CT scanner

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    Sawada, T. (Fujita Gakuen Univ., Toyoake, Aichi (Japan))

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    In October, 1975, the first home-made CT unit by Hitachi Ltd. was installed in Fujita Gakuen University Hospital. Since then, the methods to set a level of scan in CT examination have been investigated and reported. First, the slit scanography was discussed, which was used to determine a most adequate level for the examination with a CT scanner. Then, two-dimensional images reconstructed from the data of CT detectors were adopted for clinical use, and the Scoutview of GE CT/T8800 and others have adopted so-called computed radiography (CR) system. In order to improve the quality of CR images and to find a new radiological technique by CT for clinical applications, efforts have been exerted by the hospital. The advantages of CR are as follows. As the digital data have been accumulated and memorized in this system, CR images can be modified in many ways, and displayed on the CRT. The contrast resolution of the system is superior to that of conventional radiography. As the linearity of the detector sensitivity is superior to conventional screen film system, the quantitative analysis of CR images is feasible. CR images enable to confirm the level of scan without moving a patient to another table. The X-ray dose of CR system is reduced to 1/5 as compared with the routine X-ray radiography of skulls and abdomens. The spatial resolution of CT images is insufficient, however.

  14. Quantitative analysis of boron by neutron radiography

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    The quantitative determination of boron in ores is a long process with chemical analysis techniques. As nuclear techniques like X-ray fluorescence and activation analysis are not applicable for boron, only the neutron radiography technique, using the high neutron absorption cross section of this element, can be applied for quantitative determinations. This paper describes preliminary tests and calibration experiments carried out at a 250 kW TRIGA reactor. (orig.)

  15. Computer radiography-X-ray with vision

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    Computer radiography describes an entire process of creating a digital image including acquiring, processing, presenting and managing the image data. the cassettes are special in that they use an imaging plate instead of films. the imaging plate is coated with storage phosphors which captures x-ray as they pass through the patient. the imaging plate is read with a bar code reader and the imaging plate number recorded in the computer. The cassette is then loaded in the reader unit where it is read using infra-red light which excites the particles on the plate which in turn illuminates and picked by photo-sensors which converts the signal into digital pulses. the pulses then run through a board which converts it into an image which is then displayed on the control console. The plate then runs through the erasure section where it is exposed to yellow light, which erases the plate. The IP is then put back in the cassette and locked and can be reused for the next episode

  16. Simulation of computed radiography with imaging plate detectors

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    Tisseur, D.; Costin, M. [CEA LIST, CEA Saclay 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France); Mathy, F. [CEA-LETI, Campus Minatec, F-38054, Grenoble (France); Schumm, A. [EDF R and D, 1 avenue du général de gaulle 92141 Clamart (France)

    2014-02-18

    Computed radiography (CR) using phosphor imaging plate detectors is taking an increasing place in Radiography Testing. CR uses similar equipment as conventional radiography except that the classical X-ray film is replaced by a numerical detector, called image plate (IP), which is made of a photostimulable layer and which is read by a scanning device through photostimulated luminescence. Such digital radiography has already demonstrated important benefits in terms of exposure time, decrease of source energies and thus reduction of radioprotection area besides being a solution without effluents. This paper presents a model for the simulation of radiography with image plate detectors in CIVA together with examples of validation of the model. The study consists in a cross comparison between experimental and simulation results obtained on a step wedge with a classical X-ray tube. Results are proposed in particular with wire Image quality Indicator (IQI) and duplex IQI.

  17. Evaluation and testing of computed radiography systems

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    The implementation of film replacement digital radiographic imaging systems throughout Europe is now gathering momentum. Such systems create the foundations for totally digital departments of radiology, since radiographic examinations constitute the most prevalent modality. Although this type of development will lead to improvements in the delivery and management of radiological service, such widespread implementation of new technology must be carefully monitored. The implementation of effective QA tests on installation, at periodic intervals and as part of a routine programme will aid this process. This paper presents the results of commissioning tests undertaken on a number of computed radiography imaging systems provided by different manufacturers. The aim of these tests was not only to provide baseline performance measurements against which subsequent measurements can be compared but also to explore any differences in performance, which might exist between different units. Results of measurements will be presented for (1) monitor and laser printer setup; (2) imaging plates, including sensitivity, consistency and uniformity; (3) resolution and contrast detectability; and (4) signal and noise performance. Results from the latter are analysed in relationship with both system and quantum noise components. (authors)

  18. Quantitative assessment of computed radiography quality control parameters

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    Rampado, O; Isoardi, P; Ropolo, R [Struttura Complessa Fisica Sanitaria, Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni Battista, Corso Bramante 88, 10126 Turin (Italy)

    2006-03-21

    Quality controls for testing the performance of computed radiography (CR) systems have been recommended by manufacturers and medical physicists' organizations. The purpose of this work was to develop a set of image processing tools for quantitative assessment of computed radiography quality control parameters. Automatic image analysis consisted in detecting phantom details, defining regions of interest and acquiring measurements. The tested performance characteristics included dark noise, uniformity, exposure calibration, linearity, low-contrast and spatial resolution, spatial accuracy, laser beam function and erasure thoroughness. CR devices from two major manufacturers were evaluated. We investigated several approaches to quantify the detector response uniformity. We developed methods to characterize the spatial accuracy and resolution properties across the entire image area, based on the Fourier analysis of the image of a fine wire mesh. The implemented methods were sensitive to local blurring and allowed us to detect a local distortion of 4% or greater in any part of an imaging plate. The obtained results showed that the developed image processing tools allow us to implement a quality control program for CR with short processing time and with absence of subjectivity in the evaluation of the parameters.

  19. Quantitative assessment of computed radiography quality control parameters

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    Quality controls for testing the performance of computed radiography (CR) systems have been recommended by manufacturers and medical physicists' organizations. The purpose of this work was to develop a set of image processing tools for quantitative assessment of computed radiography quality control parameters. Automatic image analysis consisted in detecting phantom details, defining regions of interest and acquiring measurements. The tested performance characteristics included dark noise, uniformity, exposure calibration, linearity, low-contrast and spatial resolution, spatial accuracy, laser beam function and erasure thoroughness. CR devices from two major manufacturers were evaluated. We investigated several approaches to quantify the detector response uniformity. We developed methods to characterize the spatial accuracy and resolution properties across the entire image area, based on the Fourier analysis of the image of a fine wire mesh. The implemented methods were sensitive to local blurring and allowed us to detect a local distortion of 4% or greater in any part of an imaging plate. The obtained results showed that the developed image processing tools allow us to implement a quality control program for CR with short processing time and with absence of subjectivity in the evaluation of the parameters

  20. Clinical Evaluation of a Dual-Side Readout Technique Computed Radiography System in Chest Radiography of Premature Neonates

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    Carlander, A.; Hansson, J.; Soederberg, J.; Steneryd, K.; Baath, M. (Dept. of Radiation Physics, Sahlgrenska Academy at Goeteborg Univ., Goeteborg (Sweden))

    2008-05-15

    Background: Recently, the dual-side readout technique has been introduced in computed radiography, leading to an increase in detective quantum efficiency (DQE) compared with the single-side readout technique. Purpose: To evaluate if the increase in DQE with the dual-side readout technique results in a higher clinical image quality in chest radiography of premature neonates at no increase in radiation dose. Material and Methods: Twenty-four chest radiographs of premature neonates were collected from both a single-side readout technique system and a double-side readout technique system. The images were processed in the same image-processing station in order for the comparison to be only dependent on the difference in readout technique. Five radiologists rated the fulfillment of four image quality criteria, which were based on important anatomical landmarks. The given ratings were analyzed using visual grading characteristics (VGC) analysis. Results: The VGC analysis showed that the reproduction of the carina with the main bronchi and the thoracic vertebrae behind the heart was better with the dual-side readout technique, whereas no significant difference for the reproduction of the central vessels or the peripheral vessels could be observed. Conclusions: The results indicate that the higher DQE of the dual-side readout technique leads to higher clinical image quality in chest radiography of premature neonates at no increase in radiation dose. Keywords: Digital radiography; lung; observer performance; pediatrics; thorax

  1. Clinical Evaluation of a Dual-Side Readout Technique Computed Radiography System in Chest Radiography of Premature Neonates

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    Background: Recently, the dual-side readout technique has been introduced in computed radiography, leading to an increase in detective quantum efficiency (DQE) compared with the single-side readout technique. Purpose: To evaluate if the increase in DQE with the dual-side readout technique results in a higher clinical image quality in chest radiography of premature neonates at no increase in radiation dose. Material and Methods: Twenty-four chest radiographs of premature neonates were collected from both a single-side readout technique system and a double-side readout technique system. The images were processed in the same image-processing station in order for the comparison to be only dependent on the difference in readout technique. Five radiologists rated the fulfillment of four image quality criteria, which were based on important anatomical landmarks. The given ratings were analyzed using visual grading characteristics (VGC) analysis. Results: The VGC analysis showed that the reproduction of the carina with the main bronchi and the thoracic vertebrae behind the heart was better with the dual-side readout technique, whereas no significant difference for the reproduction of the central vessels or the peripheral vessels could be observed. Conclusions: The results indicate that the higher DQE of the dual-side readout technique leads to higher clinical image quality in chest radiography of premature neonates at no increase in radiation dose. Keywords: Digital radiograpadiation dose. Keywords: Digital radiography; lung; observer performance; pediatrics; thorax

  2. Detection of intracardiac calcification using Fuji computed radiography

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    Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR) was evaluated for detection of intracardiac calcification as compared with conventional radiography in 77 patients. Intracardiac calcification was found in 37 patients (left coronary artery: 31, right coronary artery: 11, valve: 9) on cine-fluorography. The sensitivity for detecting these calcified foci with FCR was higher than conventional screen-film method. Especially, sensitivity for detecting left coronary artery calcification with FCR was significantly higher than conventional method (71 %, 32 %) (p < 0.01), Fine anatomical details of calcification were well shown on FCR. Chest radiography using FCR is of great use for detection of intracardiac calcification. (author)

  3. Real-time radiography, digital radiography, and computed tomography for nonintrusive waste drum characterization

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    We are investigating and developing the application of x-ray nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and gamma-ray nondestructive assay (NDA) methods to nonintrusively characterize 208-liter (55-gallon) mixed waste drums. Mixed wastes contain both hazardous and radioactive materials. We are investigating the use of x-ray NDE methods to verify the content of documented waste drums and determine if they can be used to identify hazardous and nonconforming materials. These NDE methods are also being used to help waste certification and hazardous waste management personnel at LLNL to verify/confirm and/or determine the contents of waste. The gamma-ray NDA method is used to identify the intrinsic radioactive source(s) and to accurately quantify its strength. The NDA method may also be able to identify some hazardous materials such as heavy metals. Also, we are exploring techniques to combine both NDE and NDA data sets to yield the maximum information from these nonintrusive, waste-drum characterization methods. In this paper, we report an our x-ray NDE R ampersand D activities, while our gamma-ray NDA activities are reported elsewhere in the proceedings. We have developed a data, acquisition scanner for x-ray NDE real-time radiography (RTR), as well as digital radiography transmission computed tomography (TCT) along with associated computational techniques for image reconstruction, analysis, and display. We are using this scanner and real-waste drums at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In this paper, we discuss some issues associated with x-ray imaging, describe the design construction of an inexpensive NDE drum scanner, provide representative DR and TCT results of both mock- and real-waste drums, and end with a summary of our efforts and future directions. The results of these scans reveal that RTR, DR, and CT imaging techniques can be used in concert to provide valuable information about the interior of low-level-, transuranic-, and mock-waste drums without, opening them

  4. Nuclear imaging using Fuji Computed Radiography

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    We studied the feasibility of the Fuji Computed Radiography system (FCR) in nuclear medicine. The basic principle of the system is the conversion of the X-ray energy pattern into digital signals utilizing scanning laser stimulated luminescence. A Rollo phantom filled with 12 mCi of Tc-99m pertechnetate was used in this study. In imaging by the FCR, a low energy high resolution parallel hole collimator for a gamma camera was placed over the phantom and photons through the collimator were stored on a single imaging plate (IP) or 3 IPs covered by the lead plate, 0.3 mm in thickness. For imaging, it took 30 minutes by a single IP and 20 minutes by 3 IPs with the lead plate respectively. Each image of the phantom by the FCR was compared with that of obtained by a gamma camera. The image by a single IP was inferior in quality than that of by a gamma camera. However using 3 IPs with the lead plate, same quality image as by a gamma camera was obtained. The image by 3 IPs is similar to that of by 3 IPs with the lead plate. Based on the results, we performed liver and lung imaging by FCR using 3 IPs. The imaging time is twenty minutes. The images obtained with FCR are as good as the scinticamera image. However it has two major flawes in that the sensitivity is poor and the imaging time is long. Furthermore, at present this method can only be employed for static imaging. However we feel that future improvements in the FCR system will overcome these problems. (author)rcome these problems. (author)

  5. Computed radiography in X-ray examination of stomach. Evaluation by phantom experiments and clinical studies

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    The usefulness and clinical applicability of computed radiography(FCR) in X-ray examination of the stomach were evaluated in comparison with film-screen (FS) radiography by both phantom experiments and clinical studies. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis consisting of 25 normal and 25 artificially created simulated lesions on an orginally created Styrofoam phantom showed no difference in lesion detectability between FCR and FS radiography. Both were also equal in evaluation of the internal structure and margin of the 25 lesions by visual ranking. ROC curve analysis of clinical cases was performed in 30 cases, 20 normal and 10 abnormal, while evaluation by visual ranking was performed on 18 lesions. There was no significant difference between FCR and FS radiography either with ROC curve analysis or visual ranking, although the variations were somewhat greater in the clinical cases than in the phantom studies. I conclude that FCR is equal to FS radiography in X-ray examination of the stomach regarding both the detectability and visual conspicuity of the lesion. In view of the other advantages of FCR, it can safely replace conventional FS radiography in X-ray examination of the stomach. (author)

  6. Reject analysis in direct digital radiography

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    Background. Reject analysis can be used as a quality indicator, and is an important tool in localizing areas where optimization is required. Reducing number of rejects is important yielding reduced patient exposure and increased cost-effectiveness. Purpose. To determine rejection rates and causes in direct digital radiography. Material and Methods. Data were collected during a three-month period in spring 2010 at two direct digital laboratories in Norway. All X-ray examinations, types, numbers, and reasons for rejections were obtained using automatic reject analysis software. Thirteen causes for rejection could be selected. Results. Out of the 27,284 acquired images, 3206 were rejected, yielding an overall rejection rate of 12%. Highest rejection rates were found for examination of knees, shoulders, and wrist. In all, 77% of the rejected images arose from positioning errors. Conclusion. An overall rejection rate of 12% indicates a need for optimizing radiographic practice in the department

  7. Computation of air kerma rate around an industrial radiography source

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    Use of Iridium-192 and Cobalt-60 sources in Industrial Radiography has recorded a steep rise in the last three decades in India. There are about 425 institutions in possession of 1100 radiography equipment's. Widespread use of these sources call for meticulous radiation safety programme in the use of these sources. A gamma radiography exposure device comprises of adequately shielded source holder assembly and accessories such as remote control cable and guide tube with suitable mechanism to facilitate radiation exposure in a safe manner for industrial radiography work. The source holder assembly is driven out of the shielded container through the guide tube by means of a suitable drive mechanism. Various built-in design safety features are incorporated in these devices to ensure safe operation and to avoid untoward incidents. In spite of effective regulatory control, accidents may take place. For example, an accident situation may arise due to decoupling of the source assembly which may lead to the source falling on the ground and consequent exposure of people around the source and also the personnel involved in source retrieval operations. A knowledge of the air kerma distribution around the source will be of use in estimating the doses to the concerned personnel. This paper discusses the air kerma distribution around and iridium-192 radiography source computed using Monte Carlo method

  8. Pilot Study of Bovine Interdigital Cassetteless Computed Radiography

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    EL-SHAFAEY, El-Sayed Ahmed Awad; Aoki, Takahiro; ISHII, Mitsuo; YAMADA, Kazutaka

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    Twenty-one limbs of bovine cadavers (42 digits) were exposed to interdigital cassetteless imaging plate using computed radiography. The radiographic findings included exostosis, a rough planta surface, osteolysis of the apex of the distal phalanx and widening of the laminar zone between the distal phalanx and the hoof wall. All these findings were confirmed by computed tomography. The hindlimbs (19 digits) showed more changes than the forelimbs (10 digits), particularly in the ...

  9. Computed radiography dose optimization in pediatric patients

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    Radiation dose reduction in pediatric X-ray imaging is especially important because of children radiation sensitivity. For any radiographic examination performed at a fixed radiographic tube potential, the patient absorbed dose is directly proportional to the value of milliampere-seconds (mAs) selected by the operator. Nevertheless, reducing X-ray exposure has the unavoidable disadvantage of increasing the quantum noise in the resultant image. The objective of this work is to identify the minimum tube current setting required for maintaining accurate examinations, to modify, if required, the daily protocols applied at La Fe de Valencia Universitary Hospital. To accomplish this goal, a noise addition software has been developed in order to study the diagnostic accuracy as a function of reducing dose by artificially increasing the image noise. The noise addition tool has been applied to several thorax images acquired from pediatric unit to simulate new lower dose radiographies and allow medical researchers to study how lower dose affects the patient pneumonia diagnosis. (author)

  10. Computed radiography dose optimization in pediatric patients

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    Radiation dose reduction in pediatric X-ray imaging is especially important because of children radiation sensitivity. For any radiographic examination performed at a fixed radiographic tube potential, the patient absorbed dose is directly proportional to the value of milliampere-seconds (mAs) selected by the operator. Nevertheless, reducing X-ray exposure has the unavoidable disadvantage of increasing the quantum noise in the resultant image. The objective of this work is to identify the minimum tube current setting required for maintaining accurate examinations, to modify, if required, the daily protocols applied at La Fe de Valencia University Hospital. To accomplish this goal, a noise addition software has been developed in order to study the diagnostic accuracy as a function of reducing dose by artificially increasing the image noise. The noise addition tool has been applied to several thorax images acquired from pediatric unit to simulate new lower dose radiographies and allow medical researchers to study how lower dose affects the patient pneumonia diagnosis. (author)

  11. Impeller Metrology for Pipeline Compressors Using Computed Radiography

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    A new, quantitative method is described to measure features in pipeline impellers using computed radiography (CR). This capability, with an accuracy approaching 5 mils, is required to optimize the impeller design for high efficiency. The large area coverage, simplicity, and high spatial resolution of CR are ideal for this application. A novel phantom and image processing algorithm chain was used to demonstrate measurement repeatability of 99.9% (1 mil) using CR

  12. Análise de carcinomas epidermóides por meio de radiografia panorâmica e tomografia computadorizada / Analysis of squamous cell carcinomas by means of panoramic radiography and computed tomography

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    Amanda Cáceres, PEREIRA; Marcelo de Gusmão Paraiso, CAVALCANTI; Patrícia dos Santos, TOSSATO; Fábio José, GUIDA; Maria Cecília Andrea, DUAIK; Márcia, KUROISHI.

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo correlacionar aspectos radiográficos como, localização e extensão do tumor, infiltração óssea e de tecidos moles e destruição das corticais, obtidos nas radiografias panorâmicas com os encontrados nas tomografias computadorizadas (TCs). Os aspectos radiográficos de 4 [...] 8 pacientes com diagnóstico histopatológico de carcinomas epidermóides, localizados em várias regiões do complexo buco-maxilo-facial, foram analisados por 4 radiologistas. As radiografias panorâmicas e as tomografias computadorizadas foram realizadas nos hospitais e clínicas da Universidade de Iowa (EUA), FUNDECTO - USP e Hospital Universitário da Universidade de São Paulo (SP, Brasil). Como resultados, obtivemos a grande limitação da radiografia panorâmica em determinar a localização e extensão do tumor, com delimitações bastante imprecisas da lesão. Já as TCs ofereceram resultados mais direcionados como: invasão do tumor em direção a estruturas moles adjacentes, extensão da destruição óssea, bem como a profundidade da lesão, que foram confirmados com os achados cirúrgicos. Concluímos que a tomografia computadorizada demonstrou ser uma técnica bastante sensível na detecção do comprometimento ósseo e do envolvimento de tecidos moles, proporcionando, assim, o auxílio no diagnóstico e no planejamento do tratamento. No entanto, a radiografia panorâmica foi muito pouco sensível e eficaz, por mostrar apenas margens imprecisas e pouco nítidas da lesão, não avaliando o envolvimento de tecidos moles. Abstract in english The purpose of this work was to compare radiographic findings, such as localization and extension of tumors toward the bone and soft tissues, in panoramic radiography and computed tomography (CT). Four radiologists assessed the radiographic findings of 48 patients with the histopathological diagnosi [...] s of squamous cell carcinoma in different sites of the maxillofacial region. Panoramic radiographs and computed tomographs were obtained at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, at FUNDECTO - USP and at the hospital of the University of São Paulo (USP). We observed a considerable limitation of the panoramic radiography in determining the localization and extension of tumors, since it revealed unclear delimitations. Regarding CT, better results were obtained: it was possible to observe the invasion of the tumor toward adjacent soft tissues, as well as the extension of bone destruction and the depth of the lesion, which were confirmed by surgical findings. We concluded that computed tomography demonstrated to be a sensitive radiographic technique for the detection of the involvement of bone and soft tissues, contributing for a more precise diagnosis, surgical planning and intervention. On the other hand, panoramic radiography was considered less sensitive and less efficient than CT, since it shows only unclear borders of the lesions and is not able to assess the involvement of soft tissues.

  13. Development of computer assisted learning program using cone beam projection for head radiography

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    We present a computer assisted learning (CAL) program to simulate head radiography. The program provides cone beam projections of a target volume, simulating three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) of a head phantom. The generated image is 512 x 512 x 512 pixels with each pixel 0.6 mm on a side. The imaging geometry, such as X-ray tube orientation and phantom orientation, can be varied. The graphical user interface (GUI) of the CAL program allows the study of the effects of varying the imaging geometry; each simulated projection image is shown quickly in an adjoining window. Simulated images with an assigned geometry were compared with the image obtained using the standard geometry in clinical use. The accuracy of the simulated image was verified through comparison with the image acquired using radiography of the head phantom, subsequently processed with a computed radiography system (CR image). Based on correlation coefficient analysis and visual assessment, it was concluded that the CAL program can satisfactorily simulate the CR image. Therefore, it should be useful for the training of head radiography. (author)

  14. Tomosynthesis for the early detection of pulmonary emphysema: diagnostic performance compared with chest radiography, using multidetector computed tomography as reference

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    To compare the diagnostic performance of tomosynthesis with that of chest radiography for the detection of pulmonary emphysema, using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) as reference. Forty-eight patients with and 63 without pulmonary emphysema underwent chest MDCT, tomosynthesis and radiography on the same day. Two blinded radiologists independently evaluated the tomosynthesis images and radiographs for the presence of pulmonary emphysema. Axial and coronal MDCT images served as the reference standard and the percentage lung volume with attenuation values of -950 HU or lower (LAA-950) was evaluated to determine the extent of emphysema. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and generalised estimating equations model were used. ROC analysis revealed significantly better performance (P -950. The diagnostic performance of tomosynthesis was significantly superior to that of radiography for the detection of pulmonary emphysema. In both tomosynthesis and radiography, the sensitivity was affected by the LAA-950. (orig.)

  15. Management of pediatric radiation dose using Agfa computed radiography

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    Radiation dose to patients and its management have become important considerations in modern radiographic imaging procedures, but they acquire particular significance in the imaging of children. Because of their longer life expectancy, children exposed to radiation are thought to have a significantly increased risk of radiation-related late sequelae compared to adults first exposed to radiation later in life. Therefore, current clinical thinking dictates that dose in pediatric radiography be minimized, while simultaneously ensuring sufficient diagnostic information in the image, and reducing the need for repeat exposures. Dose management obviously starts with characterization and control of the exposure technique. However, it extends farther through the imaging chain to the acquisition system, and even to the image processing techniques used to optimize acquired images for display. Further, other factors, such as quality control procedures and the ability to handle special pediatric procedures, like scoliosis exams, also come into play. The need for dose management in modern radiography systems has spawned a variety of different solutions, some of which are similar across different manufacturers, and some of which are unique. This paper covers the techniques used in Agfa Computed Radiography (CR) systems to manage dose in a pediatric environment. (orig.)

  16. Management of pediatric radiation dose using Agfa computed radiography

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    Radiation dose to patients and its management have become important considerations in modern radiographic imaging procedures, but they acquire particular significance in the imaging of children. Because of their longer life expectancy, children exposed to radiation are thought to have a significantly increased risk of radiation-related late sequelae compared to adults first exposed to radiation later in life. Therefore, current clinical thinking dictates that dose in pediatric radiography be minimized, while simultaneously ensuring sufficient diagnostic information in the image, and reducing the need for repeat exposures. Dose management obviously starts with characterization and control of the exposure technique. However, it extends farther through the imaging chain to the acquisition system, and even to the image processing techniques used to optimize acquired images for display. Further, other factors, such as quality control procedures and the ability to handle special pediatric procedures, like scoliosis exams, also come into play. The need for dose management in modern radiography systems has spawned a variety of different solutions, some of which are similar across different manufacturers, and some of which are unique. This paper covers the techniques used in Agfa Computed Radiography (CR) systems to manage dose in a pediatric environment. (orig.)

  17. Simplified techniques of cerebral angiography using a mobile X-ray unit and computed radiography

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    Simplified techniques of cerebral angiography using a mobile X-ray unit and computed radiography (CR) are discussed. Computed radiography is a digital radiography system in which an imaging plate is used as an X-ray detector and a final image is displayed on the film. In the angiograms performed with CR, the spatial frequency components can be enhanced for the easy analysis of fine blood vessels. Computed radiography has an automatic sensitivity and a latitude-setting mechanism, thus serving as an 'automatic camera.' This mechanism is useful for radiography with a mobile X-ray unit in hospital wards, intensive care units, or operating rooms where the appropriate setting of exposure conditions is difficult. We applied this mechanism to direct percutaneous carotid angiography and intravenous digital subtraction angiography with a mobile X-ray unit. Direct percutaneous carotid angiography using CR and a mobile X-ray unit were taken after the manual injection of a small amount of a contrast material through a fine needle. We performed direct percutaneous carotid angiography with this method 68 times on 25 cases from August 1986 to December 1987. Of the 68 angiograms, 61 were evaluated as good, compared with conventional angiography. Though the remaining seven were evaluated as poor, they were still diagnostically effective. This method is found useful for carotid angiography in emergency rooms, intensive care units, or operating rooms. Cerebral venography using CR and a mooms. Cerebral venography using CR and a mobile X-ray unit was done after the manual injection of a contrast material through the bilateral cubital veins. The cerebral venous system could be visualized from 16 to 24 seconds after the beginning of the injection of the contrast material. We performed cerebral venography with this method 14 times on six cases. These venograms were better than conventional angiograms in all cases. This method may be useful in managing patients suffering from cerebral venous thrombosis. (J.P.N.)

  18. Computer-aided recognition of emphysema on digital chest radiography

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    Background: Computed tomography (CT) is the benchmark for diagnosis emphysema, but is costly and imparts a substantial radiation burden to the patient. Objective: To develop a computer-aided procedure that allows recognition of emphysema on digital chest radiography by using simple descriptors of the lung shape. The procedure was tested against CT. Methods: Patients (N = 225), who had undergone postero-anterior and lateral digital chest radiographs and CT for diagnostic purposes, were studied and divided in a derivation (N = 118) and in a validation sample (N = 107). CT images were scored for emphysema using the picture-grading method. Simple descriptors that measure the bending characteristics of the lung profile on chest radiography were automatically extracted from the derivation sample, and applied to train a neural network to assign a probability of emphysema between 0 and 1. The diagnostic performance of the procedure was described by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Results: AUC was 0.985 (95% confidence interval, 0.965-0.998) in the derivation sample, and 0.975 (95% confidence interval, 0.936-0.998) in the validation sample. At a probability cutpoint of 0.55, the procedure yielded 92% sensitivity and 96% specificity in the derivation sample; 90% sensitivity and 97% specificity in the validation sample. False negatives on chest radiography had trace or mild emphysema on CT. Conclusions: The computer-aided procedure is simple andThe computer-aided procedure is simple and inexpensive, and permits quick recognition of emphysema on digital chest radiographs.

  19. Computer-aided diagnosis in chest radiography

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    Automating mass chest screening for tuberculosis (TB) requires segmentation and texture analysis in chest radiographs. Several rule-based schemes, pixel classifiers, and active shape model techniques for segmenting lung fields in chest radiographs are described and compared. An improved version of the active shape model segmentation technique, originally developed by Cootes and Taylor from Manchester University, UK, is described that uses optimal local features to steer the segmentation process and outperforms the original method in segmentation tasks for several types of medical images: chest radiographs and slices from MRI brain data. In order to segment the posterior ribs in PA chest radiographs, a statistical model of the complete rib cage is constructed using principal components analysis and a method is described to fit this model to input images automatically. For texture analysis, an extension is proposed to the framework of locally orderless images, a multiscale description of local histograms recently proposed by Koenderink and Van Doorn from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The segmentation and texture analysis techniques are combined into a single method that automatically detects textural abnormalities in chest radiographs and estimates the probability that an image contains abnormalities. The method was evaluated on two databases. On a 200 case database of clinical chest films with interstitial disease from the University of Chicago, excellent resulthe University of Chicago, excellent results are obtained (area under the ROC curve Az=0.986). The results for a 600 case database from a TB screening program are encouraging (area under the ROC curve Az=0.820)

  20. Computers in dental radiography: a scenario for the future

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    The recent emergence of cost-effective computing power makes it possible to integrate sophisticated data-sampling and image-interpretation techniques into dental radiography for the first time. A prototype system is being developed to permit clinical information expressed in three dimensions--plus time--to be made visible almost instantly. The associated X-ray dose for a complete three-dimensional survey of a selected dental region is predicted to be less than that required for a single conventional periapical radiograph exposed on D-speed film

  1. Clinical experience with computed radiography in pediatric radiology

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    After the installation of a computed radiographic system (FCR-101) in the pediatric radiology department, a study was developed to evaluate this new modality in comparison with conventional radiography. Since October 1985, 80% of the examinations (average, 200 procedures per week) have been performed with the FCR, which works continuously and displays the image either on a hard copy or on high-resolution television monitors. Fifty percent of examinations have been performed to image the chest, 20% to image the abdomen, 13% to image the extremities, 12% to image the skull, and 5% to image other areas

  2. Application of digital radiography in the analysis of cultural heritage

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    The scientific examination of artworks has gained increasing interest in the last years, allowing the characterization of materials and techniques employed by the artists. This analysis can be extremely valuable to conservation and restoration treatments. However, the fact that every artworks is a unique piece emphasizes the necessity of working with non-destructive techniques. Although radiography has been used in the technical examination of museum objects for many decades, digital radiography is rapidly becoming a preferred modality for this essential tool in the advanced examination of works of art. The ability to electronically combine images from the large painting into a single composite image file was extremely valuable and results in higher quality images than those achieved with conventional radiography. These images can be also processed and improved using adequate software. Additional advantages of digital radiography include the possibility of an almost immediate analysis of the results, use of an only recording film and absence of chemical processing. Radiographic imaging can be applied to the analysis of virtually all media including paintings, sculptures, woodworks, engravings, etc. This paper reports some case studies of the use of digital radiography in the study of paintings and sculptures, showing the feasibility and advantages of this technique for this kind of purpose. The radiographic images revealed the conservation state of the analyzed objects and various details of its execution in order to assist recently restoration processes. (author)

  3. Assessing the impact of computed radiography and PACS

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    The authors' institution is a VA pilot center for total digital imaging and PACS. They are gathering quantitative service delivery and cost data before, during, and after stepwise implementation of computed radiography and PACS at our institution to define the impact on imaging service delivery. They designed a simple audit method using the X-ray request and time clocks to determine patient waiting time, imaging time, film use, image availability to the radiologist, matching of current with previous images, image availability to clinicians, and time to final interpretation. Their department model is a multichannel, multiserver patient queue. Their current radiograph file is space limited. Their preimplementation audit showed some long waiting times (40 minutes, average 20) and immediate retrieval of prior films in only 42% of cases, with an average retrieval time of 22 hours. Computed radiography and the optical archive have the potential to improve these figures. The audit will be ongoing and automated as implementation of PACS progresses, to measure service improvement and learning curve with the new equipment. This paper presents the audit format and baseline preimplementation figures

  4. Research to exploit, utilize computed radiography system and build suitable process

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    CR is computed radiography method. CR35 is digital radiography equipment which has just equipped in Viet Nam at the end of 2009 by VIE8020 project. The system include image plate (IP) to change for film, CR35 equipment which scans and records IPs signal by laser light and converts to digital image. This system can replaces of film radiography at any where has possible infrastructure like stable power supply, flat, etc. The research purpose is to use the CR35 system, own equipment and technology, compile technical documents and process guide for practice computed radiography. (author)

  5. Accuracy of cone beam computed tomography, intraoral radiography, and periodontal probing for periodontal bone defects measurement

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground and Aims: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT produces high-quality data about diagnosis and periodontal treatment. To date, there is not enough research regarding periodontal bone measurement using CBCT. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of CBCT in measuring periodontal defects to that of intraoral radiography and probing methods."nMaterials and Methods: Two-hundred and eighteen artificial osseous defects (buccal and lingual infrabony, interproximal, horizontal, crater, dehiscence and fenestration defects were created on 13 mandibles of dry skulls. The mandibles were put into a plexiglass box full of water to simulate soft tissue. CBCT images, radiographic images taken with parallel technique and direct measurements using a WHO periodontal probe were recorded and compared to a standard reference (digital caliper. Inter and intra observe consistencies were assessed using Intra class correlation coefficient and pearson correlation."nResults: Inter and intra observer consistencies were high for CBCT and probing methods (ICC- Intra class correlation coefficient>88%, but moderate for intraoral radiography (ICC-Intra class correlation coefficient > 54%. There were not any significant differences between observers for all techniques (P>0/05. According to paired T-test analysis, mean difference for CBCT technique (0.01 mm was lower than that for probing (0.04 mm and radiography (0.62 mm. CBCT was able to measure all kinds of lesions, but radiography could not measure defects in the buccal and lingual sites."nConclusion: All three modalities are useful for identifying periodontal defects. Compared to probing and radiography, the CBCT technique has the most accuracy in measuring periodontal defects.

  6. Comparison of computed tomography and radiography for detecting changes induced by malignant nasal neoplasia in dogs

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    The ability of computed tomography and radiography to detect changes associated with nasal neoplasia was compared in dogs. Eighteen areas or anatomic structures were evaluated in 21 dogs for changes indicative of neoplasia. Computed tomography was superior (P < or = 0.05) to radiography for detecting changes in 14 of 18 areas. Radiography was not superior for detecting changes in any structure or area. Computed tomography reveals vital information not always detected radiographically to assist in providing a prognosis and in planning treatment for nasal neoplasms in dogs

  7. PyRAT - python radiography analysis tool (u)

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    Temple, Brian A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Buescher, Kevin L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Armstrong, Jerawan C [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-14

    PyRAT is a radiography analysis tool used to reconstruction images of unknown 1-0 objects. The tool is written in Python and developed for use on LINUX and Windows platforms. The tool is capable of performing nonlinear inversions of the images with minimal manual interaction in the optimization process. The tool utilizes the NOMAD mixed variable optimization tool to perform the optimization.

  8. Assessment of weld thickness loss in offshore pipelines using computed radiography and computational modeling

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    In order to guarantee the structural integrity of oil plants it is crucial to monitor the amount of weld thickness loss in offshore pipelines. However, in spite of its relevance, this parameter is very difficult to determine, due to both the large diameter of most pipes and the complexity of the multi-variable system involved. In this study, a computational modeling based on Monte Carlo MCNPX code is combined with computed radiography to estimate the weld thickness loss in large-diameter offshore pipelines. Results show that computational modeling is a powerful tool to estimate intensity variations in radiographic images generated by weld thickness variations, and it can be combined with computed radiography to assess weld thickness loss in offshore and subsea pipelines.

  9. MYTHS vesus reality in computed radiography image quality

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    As NDE operation - particularly radiographic testing - ransition form analog to digital technologies such as computed radiography (CR), users are learning that there's more to digital image quality than meets the eye. In fact, there are ultiple factors that determine the final perceived image quality of a computed radiograph. Many of these factors are misunderstood, and some are touted as the ''key parameter'' or ''magic bullet'' in producing optiumum image quality, In reality, such claims are oversimplified, and are more marketing hype than reality. The truth?. Perceived image quality results form the cascaded effects of many factor - such as sharpness, system noise, spot size and pixel size, subject contrast, bit depth, radiographic technique, and so on. Many of these factors are within the control of rdiographers or designers of equipment and media. This paper will explain some of these key factors, dispel some of the myths surrounding them, and will show that qualities such as bigger, smaller, more, or less are not always better when it comes to CR image quality. (authors)

  10. Human performance analysis of industrial radiography radiation exposure events

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    A set of radiation overexposure event reports were reviewed as part of a program to examine human performance in industrial radiography for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Incident records for a seven year period were retrieved from an event database. Ninety-five exposure events were initially categorized and sorted for further analysis. Descriptive models were applied to a subset of severe overexposure events. Modeling included: (1) operational sequence tables to outline the key human actions and interactions with equipment, (2) human reliability event trees, (3) an application of an information processing failures model, and (4) an extrapolated use of the error influences and effects diagram. Results of the modeling analyses provided insights into the industrial radiography task and suggested areas for further action and study to decrease overexposures

  11. Diagnosis of simulated condylar bone defects using panoramic radiography, spiral tomography and cone-beam computed tomography: A comparison study

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    Salemi, Fatemeh; Shokri, Abbas; Baharvand, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Radiographic examination is one of the most important parts of the clinical assessment routine for temporomandibular disorders. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of cone-beam computed tomography(CBCT) with panoramic radiography and spiral computed tomography for the detection of the simulated mandibular condyle bone lesions. Study Design: The sample consisted of 10 TMJs from 5 dried human skulls. Simulated erosive and osteophytic lesions were created in 3 different sizes using round diamond bur and bone chips, respectively. Panoramic radiography, spiral tomography and cone-beam computed tomography were used in defect detection. Data were statistically analyzed with the Mann-Whitney test. The reliability and degrees of agreement between two observers were also determined by the mean of Cohen’s Kappa analysis. Results: CBCT had a statistically significant superiority than other studied techniques in detection of both erosive and osteophytic lesions with different sizes. There were significant differences between tomography and panoramic in correct detection of both erosive and osteophytic lesions with 1mm and 1.5 mm in size. However, there were no significant differences between Tomography and Panoramic in correct detection of both erosive and osteophytic lesions with 0.5 mm in size. Conclusions: CBCT images provide a greater diagnostic accuracy than spiral tomography and panoramic radiography in the detection of condylar bone erosions and osteophytes. Key words:Bone defect, Condyle, CBCT, Panoramic, radiography. PMID:25810839

  12. Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography (DRCT) Product Improvement Plan (PIP)

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    The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has been developing and deploying x-ray inspection systems for chemical weapons containers for the past 12 years under the direction of the Project Manager for Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel (PMNSCM). In FY-10 funding was provided to advance the capabilities of these systems through the DRCT (Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography) Product Improvement Plan (PIP), funded by the PMNSCM. The DRCT PIP identified three research tasks; end user study, detector evaluation and DRCT/PINS integration. Work commenced in February, 2010. Due to the late start and the schedule for field inspection of munitions at various sites, it was not possible to spend sufficient field time with operators to develop a complete end user study. We were able to interact with several operators, principally Mr. Mike Rowan who provided substantial useful input through several discussions and development of a set of field notes from the Pueblo, CO field mission. We will be pursuing ongoing interactions with field personnel as opportunities arise in FY-11.

  13. Daily quality control in computed radiography mammography using the manufacturer phantom

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    The quality control (QC) in mammography system involves a large amount of test tools, which implies a large space for storage and a high number of exposure. This work describes a QC system using a phantom, Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR) One Shot Phantom M Plus, that evaluates several parameters with just one exposure. The software offers tests with annual, semi-annual, quarterly, weekly and daily periodicity, and analyzes the conformities of the mammography equipment, image plate and cassettes. Because of the high number of tests, it was evaluated the daily test only for seven months in two mammography equipment. The test, through the software and its image, allows the analysis of ten parameters in QC. The evaluation of these parameters was realized by the average of the values provided by the software. Only one of the evaluated items showed not conformity, but this was observed and the necessary corrections were realized. The monitoring of use of FCR Mammography QC software with the FCR One Shot Phantom M Plus was realized and through this we could investigate that the quality program provided by the system is appropriate for the radiology services that has the Fuji Computed Radiography system. (author)

  14. Daily quality control in computed radiography mammography using the manufacturer phantom

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    Jakubiak, Rosangela R.; Messias, Pricila C.; Oliveira, Carlla M., E-mail: requi@utfpr.edu.br [Technological Federal University of Parana (UTFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Academic Physics Dept.

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    The quality control (QC) in mammography system involves a large amount of test tools, which implies a large space for storage and a high number of exposure. This work describes a QC system using a phantom, Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR) One Shot Phantom M Plus, that evaluates several parameters with just one exposure. The software offers tests with annual, semi-annual, quarterly, weekly and daily periodicity, and analyzes the conformities of the mammography equipment, image plate and cassettes. Because of the high number of tests, it was evaluated the daily test only for seven months in two mammography equipment. The test, through the software and its image, allows the analysis of ten parameters in QC. The evaluation of these parameters was realized by the average of the values provided by the software. Only one of the evaluated items showed not conformity, but this was observed and the necessary corrections were realized. The monitoring of use of FCR Mammography QC software with the FCR One Shot Phantom M Plus was realized and through this we could investigate that the quality program provided by the system is appropriate for the radiology services that has the Fuji Computed Radiography system. (author)

  15. Detection of bifid mandibular condyle by panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography

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    Frederico Sampaio, Neves; Laura Ricardina, Ramírez-Sotelo; Gina, Roque-Torres; Gabriella Lopes Resende, Barbosa; Francisco, Haiter-Neto; Deborah Queiroz de, Freitas.

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    Full Text Available AIM: To compare panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in the diagnosis of bifid mandibular condyle. METHODS: The sample consisted of 350 individuals who underwent panoramic radiography and CBCT. In the panoramic radiographs and CBCT images, the presence or absence of bifid m [...] andibular condyle was determined. RESULTS: Presence of bifid mandibular condyle was detected in four cases (1.1%). In all cases, the relation of one condylar process to the other was mediolateral and history of trauma was reported. None of the individuals had symptoms. In two cases, panoramic radiography did not reveal the presence of bifid mandibular condyle. CONCLUSIONS: Initial screening for bifid mandibular condyle can be performed by panoramic radiography; however, CBCT images can reveal morphological changes and the exact orientation of the condyle heads.

  16. Computed tomography, ultrasonography and plain radiography in the detection of foreign bodies in pork muscle tissue

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    To evaluate the possibility to detect foreign bodies in superficial soft tissue a comparative study including computed tomography, ultrasonography and plain radiography, is presented. Nine different materials, ranging in size from 2x3 to 3x10 mm, were inserted into pork muscle. All foreign bodies were detected and exact location was achieved using computed tomography and ultrasonography. In plain radiography wood was not visualised and exact location of all foreign bodies was not obtained. According to our results computed tomography and ultrasonography is useful in detecting foreign bodies in superficial soft tissue. (orig.)

  17. Radiography and bone scintigraphy in multiple myeloma: a comparative analysis

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    The sensitivity of radionuclide imaging for detecting skeletal lesions was compared with that of radiography by evaluating 573 different anatomical sites in 41 patients with multiple myeloma. Radiography revealed a significantly greater number of myeloma-related bone lesions than did radionuclide imaging. Of the 179 myeloma-related bone lesions detected when both techniques were applied, 163 were seen by radiography and 82 by radionuclide imaging. Ninety-seven lesions were detected by radiography alone and 16 lesions seen by scintiscanning only, yielding a sensitivity of 91% for the former and of 46% for the latter technique. Radionuclide imaging proved superior to radiography only occasionally in the rib cage, and rarely in other anatomical sites. These findings suggest that radiography is the method of first choice in obtaining a skeletal survey in patients with multiple myeloma. In cases with continued pain, unexplained by standard radiography, the skeletal survey should be supplemented by tomography and radionuclide imaging. (author)

  18. SisRadiologia: a new software tool for analysis of radiological accidents and incidents in industrial radiography

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    Lima, Camila M. Araujo; Silva, Francisco C.A. da, E-mail: araujocamila@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: dasilva@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Araujo, Rilton A., E-mail: consultoria@maximindustrial.com.br [Maxim Industrial Assessoria TI, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), many efforts have been made by Member states, aiming a better control of radioactive sources. Accidents mostly happened in practices named as high radiological risk and classified by IAEA in categories 1 and 2, being highlighted those related to radiotherapy, large irradiators and industrial radiography. Worldwide, more than 40 radiological accidents have been recorded in the industrial radiography. Worldwide, more than 40 radiological accidents have been recorded in the industrial radiography area, involving 37 workers, 110 members of the public and 12 fatalities. Records display 5 severe radiological accidents in industrial radiography activities in Brazil, in which 7 workers and 19 members of the public were involved. Such events led to hands and fingers radiodermatitis, but to no death occurrence. The purpose of this study is to present a computational program that allows the data acquisition and recording in the company, in such a way to ease a further detailed analysis of radiological event, besides providing the learning cornerstones aiming the avoidance of future occurrences. After one year of the 'Industrial SisRadiologia' computational program application - and mostly based upon the workshop about Analysis and Dose Calculation of Radiological Accidents in Industrial Radiography (Workshop sobre Analise e Calculo de dose de acidentes Radiologicos em Radiografia Industrial - IRD 2012), in which several Radiation Protection officers took part - it can be concluded that the computational program is a powerful tool to data acquisition, as well as, to accidents and incidents events recording and surveying in Industrial Radiography. The program proved to be efficient in the report elaboration to the Brazilian Regulatory Authority, and very useful in workers training to fix the lessons learned from radiological events.

  19. SisRadiologia: a new software tool for analysis of radiological accidents and incidents in industrial radiography

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    According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), many efforts have been made by Member states, aiming a better control of radioactive sources. Accidents mostly happened in practices named as high radiological risk and classified by IAEA in categories 1 and 2, being highlighted those related to radiotherapy, large irradiators and industrial radiography. Worldwide, more than 40 radiological accidents have been recorded in the industrial radiography. Worldwide, more than 40 radiological accidents have been recorded in the industrial radiography area, involving 37 workers, 110 members of the public and 12 fatalities. Records display 5 severe radiological accidents in industrial radiography activities in Brazil, in which 7 workers and 19 members of the public were involved. Such events led to hands and fingers radiodermatitis, but to no death occurrence. The purpose of this study is to present a computational program that allows the data acquisition and recording in the company, in such a way to ease a further detailed analysis of radiological event, besides providing the learning cornerstones aiming the avoidance of future occurrences. After one year of the 'Industrial SisRadiologia' computational program application - and mostly based upon the workshop about Analysis and Dose Calculation of Radiological Accidents in Industrial Radiography (Workshop sobre Analise e Calculo de dose de acidentes Radiologicos em Radiografia Industrial - IRD 2012), in which several Radiation Protection officers took part - it can be concluded that the computational program is a powerful tool to data acquisition, as well as, to accidents and incidents events recording and surveying in Industrial Radiography. The program proved to be efficient in the report elaboration to the Brazilian Regulatory Authority, and very useful in workers training to fix the lessons learned from radiological events.

  20. Radiological protection procedures for industrial applications of computed radiography; Procedimentos de protecao radiologica em aplicacoes industriais da radiografia computadorizada

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    Aquino, Josilto Oliveira de

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    Due to its very particular characteristics, industrial radiography is responsible for roughly half of the relevant accidents in nuclear industry, in developed as well as in developing countries, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Thus, safety and radiological protection in industrial gamma radiography have been receiving especial treatment by regulatory authorities of most Member States. The main objective of the present work was to evaluate, from the radioprotection point of view, the main advantages of computed radiography (CR) for filmless industrial radiography. In order to accomplish this, both techniques, i.e. conventional and filmless computed radiography were evaluated and compared through practical studies. After the studies performed at the present work it was concluded that computed radiography significantly reduces the inherent doses, reflecting in smaller restricted areas and costs, with consequent improvement in radiological protection and safety. (author)

  1. Digital Detectors: Computed Radiography (CR for All Radiologists

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    Frans Dhaenens

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Digital techniques in radiology have many advantages for radiologists, radiographers, patients, clinicians and hospital-operators from many perspectives: diagnostic quality, dose reduction, access to old and new images and reports via PACS, HIS and RIS."nRadiologists concentrate more and more on organs and pathology (super specialties rather than in modalities. Organ based radiology requires the integration of all modalities and has to cover large geographical regions to deliver expertise, as there few top-experts. This is only possible in the digital world of HICT (Health Information and Communication Technology, where digital detectors are the first step in a long chain of informatics."nToday most of the diagnostic imaging modalities (CT, MRI, US, PET,.. used in radiology are digital except plain film imaging. In order to digitize plain x-ray (also called General Radiology there is choice between Computed Radiography (CR based upon storage phosphor screens and DR (Digital Radiography based on "flat or panel" detectors. A large spectrum of applications and price ranges is available on the market."nTechnology: Both CR and DR rely on conversion and storage of x-ray energy in "pixel"-like elements in the detector. These detectors are linear (film is S-curved and have a enormous dynamic range (1 in 100.000 so no information is lost and they resist over- and under-exposure up to 4 times."n- In CR x-ray energy is stored into the phosphor-crystals and converted into visible light after stimulation by (laser light which is in turn captured and digitized by an optical system. Pixels (in size between 50 and 150 µm are one after one stimulated and translated into a digital image of millions of points. "n- In DR systems x-ray energy is converted in 2 or 3 steps into electrical charge that is stored in every pixel of the detector. These charges are digitized row after row to make a digital image. The conversion of the x-rays is done by a "scintillator" or phosphor, known from screens and image amplifiers. There are 2 groups of DR: the first group is amorphous selenium + TFT pixel backplane and the second is a scintillator + TFT pixel backplane. The first directly converts x-ray into charge (2 steps and the latter first converts x-rays into light and light into charge in a photodiode in each pixel. "nOf course the DR technology is complex and difficult to manufacture in the large formats needed in radiology (14"x17" and explains the high price/unit (>200 k$."nDR can only be justified in a limited number of situations: high throughput (like chest, high labor-cost and lack of radiographers, radiation-dose regulations."nThe technical nature of DR is very sensitive to environmental conditions like vibrations (mobile applications and temperature (Selenium has to be air-conditioned and the portable models are still bulky and costly to put under the bed patients. However, in the future DR prices are expected to come down"n- There are numerous combined systems: lens or fiber coupled CCD systems guiding the x-ray image into a small (and cheap CCD with a bad image quality."nSlit/slot methods moving a small bundle of x-rays and a line-detector over the patient during several seconds exhausting the tube and the patient...."nThere is no perfect system: most have some advantages and some drawbacks and all of them are compromises between quality and price. "nConclusion: Today CR based on powder phosphors is still the best solution in a starter situation where cost and a broad range of ap-plications are important, because it replaces all types of film-screen cassettes by 1 CR cassette, without changes to the x-ray modality and the workflow. Immediately it allows lower doses and a decrease in repeat rates to <1% at a high image quality (with multi-frequency image processing like Agfa Musica."nCR readers are offered in a wide range of sophistication and prices matching most of the needs and budgets of r

  2. Cholesteatoma: computed tomography and radiography in a dog

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    Cholesteatoma, a rare and/or misdiagnosed disease, results of a serious complication in dogs with chronic otitis. This article describes a case of a dachshund sent to the veterinary hospital presenting signs of cognitive dysfunction associated to peripheral neuropathy of the facial nerve on the right side. At radiography, an enlargement and thickness of the contours associated with loss of anatomical definition of the right tympanic bulla compared to the left was seen. At tomography, this enlargement and thickness were seen with better definition, besides the fulfilling by hyperdense calcified content, bullae osteolysis and temporal bone sclerosis at the same side. (author)

  3. Storage phosphor system for computed radiography: Optical effects and detective quantum efficiency (DQE)

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    A computed radiography system is described in which a storage phosphor is photostimulated by a scanning laser. Optical effects in the depth of the storage medium are calculated in a theoretical model, and their effect on excess noise and system detective quantum efficiency (DQE) is predicted. The predictions are compared with measured data

  4. Imaging suspected cervical spine injury: Plain radiography or computed tomography? Systematic review

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    Aim: (1) to establish which modality offers the greatest accuracy in the detection of cervical spine injury (CSI) Following trauma: plain radiography or computed tomography (CT), and (2) make an evidence-based recommendation for the initial imaging modality of choice. Method: A systematic literature review was performed to identify primary research studies which compare the diagnostic accuracy of plain radiography and CT with the results of a reference standard in the detection of CSI. A search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Science Direct and Pubmed Central databases was conducted. Results: Ten studies were identified. Critical appraisal identified limitations among all studies. There was heterogeneity in the sensitivity estimates for plain radiography, whereas estimates for CT were consistently high. Examination of the reported sensitivities shows that CT outperforms plain radiography in the detection of CSI. Conclusion: CT is superior to plain radiography in the detection of CSI. However, the optimal imaging strategy depends on the patients' relative risk of injury. If at high-risk cervical CT is indicated. If at low-risk the increased cost and radiation exposure mean that screening CT may not be warranted, good-quality plain radiographs are sufficient.

  5. Computed radiography in scoliosis. Diagnostic information and radiation dose

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    The diagnostic information and radiation dose in scoliosis examinations performed with air-gap technique using stimulable phosphor imaging plates were determined in a prospective study. Overlapping p.a. images of the thoracic and lumbar spine in 9 patients were obtained with 4 different exposure settings according to patient size. Equal exposure settings were used for the 2 images. Two images of 18 were judged inferior in depicting the landmarks of scoliosis measurement, requiring re-exposure. Sixteen images were judged of adequate or good quality. The mean entrance doses in the central beam for the 4 patient groups were in the interval of 0.05 to 0.12 mGy for both images. The skin doses on the breasts were in the range of 0.00 to 0.03 mGy. The presented technique thus results in a low radiation dose with sufficient diagnostic information in radiography of scoliosis. (orig.)

  6. Diagnostic sensitivity of ultrasound, radiography and computed tomography for gender determination in four species of lizards.

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    Di Ianni, Francesco; Volta, Antonella; Pelizzone, Igor; Manfredi, Sabrina; Gnudi, Giacomo; Parmigiani, Enrico

    2015-01-01

    Gender determination is frequently requested by reptile breeders, especially for species with poor or absent sexual dimorphism. The aims of the current study were to describe techniques and diagnostic sensitivities of ultrasound, radiography, and computed tomography for gender determination (identification of hemipenes) in four species of lizards. Nineteen lizards of known sex, belonging to four different species (Pogona vitticeps, Uromastyx aegyptia, Tiliqua scincoides, Gerrhosaurus major) were prospectively enrolled. With informed owner consent, ultrasound, noncontrast CT, contrast radiography, and contrast CT (with contrast medium administered into the cloaca) were performed in conscious animals. Imaging studies were reviewed by three different operators, each unaware of the gender of the animals and of the results of the other techniques. The lizard was classified as a male when hemipenes were identified. Nineteen lizards were included in the study, 10 females and nine males. The hemipenes were seen on ultrasound in only two male lizards, and appeared as oval hypoechoic structures. Radiographically, hemipenes filled with contrast medium appeared as spindle-shaped opacities. Noncontrast CT identified hemipenes in only two lizards, and these appeared as spindle-shaped kinked structures with hyperattenuating content consistent with smegma. Hemipenes were correctly identified in all nine males using contrast CT (accuracy of 100%). Accuracy of contrast radiography was excellent (94.7%). Accuracy of ultrasound and of noncontrast CT was poor (64.3% and 63.1%, respectively). Findings from the current study supported the use of contrast CT or contrast radiography for gender determination in lizards. PMID:25065912

  7. Computed radiography dual energy subtraction: Performance evaluation when detecting low-contrast lung nodules in an anthropomorphic phantom

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    Kimme-smith, Carolyn; Davis, Donna Lynn; Mcnitt-gray, Michael; Goldin, Jonathan; Hart, Eric; Batra, Poonam; Johnson, Timothy D.

    1999-01-01

    A dedicated chest computed radiography (CR) system has an option of energy subtraction (ES) acquisition. Two imaging plates, rather than one, are separated by a copper filter to give a high-energy and low-energy image. This study compares the diagnostic accuracy of conventional computed radiography to that of ES obtained with two radiographic techniques. One soft tissue only image was obtained at the conventional CR technique (s=254) and the second was obtained at twice the radiation exposure...

  8. Quantitative assessment of the impact of computed radiography and PACS on imaging service delivery

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    The San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center is a pilot center for computed radiography and picture archiving and communications system (PACS). The impact of PACS on health care is unclear because of a lack of rigorous pre- and postimplementation studies. In this paper the authors describe a simple audit method to determine patient waiting time, imaging time, film use, the availability of images to radiologists and clinicians, prior image retrieval, and time to final interpretation. A preimplementation audit showed some lone waiting times (up to 40 minutes; average, 20 minutes), and only 42% immediate retrieval of prior films (average retrieval time, 22 hours). Computed radiography an PACS have the potential to improve these figures

  9. Cone beam computed tomography and intraoral radiography for diagnosis of dental abnormalities in dogs and cats

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    The development of veterinary dentistry has substantially improved the ability to diagnose canine and feline dental abnormalities. Consequently, examinations previously performed only on humans are now available for small animals, thus improving the diagnostic quality. This has increased the need for technical qualification of veterinary professionals and increased technological investments. This study evaluated the use of cone beam computed tomography and intraoral radiography as complementary exams for diagnosing dental abnormalities in dogs and cats. Cone beam computed tomography was provided faster image acquisition with high image quality, was associated with low ionizing radiation levels, enabled image editing, and reduced the exam duration. Our results showed that radiography was an effective method for dental radiographic examination with low cost and fast execution times, and can be performed during surgical procedures

  10. Fine tuning of work practices of common radiological investigations performed using computed radiography system

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    Introduction: The advent of the computed radiography (CR) has brought about remarkable changes in the field of diagnostic radiology. A relatively large cross-section of the human population is exposed to ionizing radiation on account of common radiological investigations. This study is intended to audit radiation doses imparted to patients during common radiological investigations involving the use of CR systems. Method: The entrance surface doses (ESD) were measured using thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) for various radiological investigations performed using the computed radiography (CR) systems. Optimization of radiographic techniques and radiation doses was done by fine tuning the work practices. Results and conclusion: Reduction of radiation doses as high as 47% was achieved during certain investigations with the use of optimized exposure factors and fine-tuned work practices

  11. Defective pixel map creation based on wavelet analysis in digital radiography detectors

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    The application of digital radiography detectors has attracted increasing attention in both medicine and industry. Since the imaging detectors are fabricated by semiconductor manufacturing process over large areas, defective pixels in the detectors are unavoidable. Moreover, the radiation damage due to the routine use of the detectors progressively increases the density of defective pixels. In this study, we present a method of identifying defective pixels in digital radiography detectors based on wavelet analysis. Artifacts generated due to wavelet transformations have been prevented by an additional local threshold method. The proposed method was applied to a sample digital radiography and the result was promising. The proposed method uses a single pair of dark and white images and does not require them to be corrected in gain-and-offset properties. This method will be helpful for the reliable use of digital radiography detectors through the working lifetime.

  12. Initial quality performance results using a phantom to simulate chest computed radiography

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    Muhogora Wilbroad; Padovani Renato; Msaki Peter

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a homemade phantom for quantitative quality control in chest computed radiography (CR). The phantom was constructed from copper, aluminium, and polymenthylmethacrylate (PMMA) plates as well as Styrofoam materials. Depending on combinations, the literature suggests that these materials can simulate the attenuation and scattering characteristics of lung, heart, and mediastinum. The lung, heart, and mediastinum regions were simulated by 10 mm x 10 mm x 0.5 mm...

  13. Development of a computer simulation system of intraoral radiography using perspective volume rendering of CT data

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of a computer simulation system for intraoral radiography as an educational aid for radiographic training for dental students. A dried skull was scanned with a multidetector CT, and the series of slice data was transferred to a workstation. A software AVS Express Developer was used to construct the x-ray projected images from the CT slice data. Geometrical reproducibilities were confirmed using numerical phantoms. We simulated images using the perspective projection method with an average value algorithm on this software. Simulated images were compared with conventional film images projected from the same geometrical positions, including eccentric projection. Furthermore, to confirm the changes of the image depending on the projection angles of the x-ray beam, we constructed simulation images in which the root apexes were enhanced with the maximum value algorithm. Using this method, high resolution simulated images with perspective projection, as opposed to parallel, were constructed. Comparing with conventional film images, all major anatomic components could be visualized easily. Any intraoral radiographs at an arbitrary angular projection could be simulated, which was impossible in the conventional training schema for radiographic technique. Therefore, not only standard projected images but also eccentric projections could be displayed. A computer simulation system of intraoral radiography with this method ma intraoral radiography with this method may be useful for training in intraoral radiographic technique for dental students. (author)

  14. Computed tomography and plain radiography in experimental fracture healing

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    We evaluated the relative contribution of plain radiographs and computed tomography to the assessment of fracture healing under experimental circumstances. In 15 sheep, we performed midshaft femoral osteotomies and internal fixation of the resultant segmental fractures. Radiographs were obtained preoperatively and immediately postoperatively. Animals were sacrificed at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 24 weeks, and 36 weeks after surgery, and the femoral specimens radiographed. After removal of the internal fixation devices, computed tomographic scans of the specimens were performed. Computed tomography may be of value in the evaluation of fractures of long bones in those cases in which clinical examination and plain radiographs fail to give adequate information as to the status of healing. (orig./SHA)

  15. Probability of detection - Comparative study of computed and film radiography for high-energy applications

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    Full text of publication follows: Suitability of computed radiography with Ir-192, Co-60 and up to 9 MeV x-rays for weld inspections is of importance to many heavy engineering and aerospace industries. CR is preferred because of lesser exposure and processing time as compared to film based radiography and also digital images offers other advantages such as image enhancements, quantitative measurements and easier archival. This paper describes systemic experimental approaches and image quality metrics to compare imaging performance of CR with film-based radiography. Experiments were designed using six-sigma methodology to validate performance of CR for steel thickness up to 160 mm with Ir- 192, Co-60 and x-ray energies varying from 100 kV up to 9 MeV. Weld specimens with defects such as lack of fusion, penetration, cracks, concavity, and porosities were studied for evaluating radiographic sensitivity and imaging performance of the system. Attempts were also made to quantify probability of detection using specimens with artificial and natural defects for various experimental conditions and were compared with film based systems. (authors)

  16. Preliminary clinical evaluation of computer-aided diagnosis in digital chest radiography

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    We are developing computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) schemes for chest radiography with which to alert radiologists to possible lesions, and thus potentially improve diagnostic accuracy. Although preliminary results of individual CAD schemes have been encouraging, CAD is still at an early stage of its development. Therefore, we applied our CAD programs in a clinical environment and evaluated its potential usefulness and limitations. CAD programs including automated detection of cardiomegaly, analysis of interstitial infiltrates, and detection of lung nodules were applied to 310 consecutive chest radiographs. CAD results for cardiomegaly and interstitial infiltrates were evaluated subjectively by radiologists and physicists for clinical accuracy and technical problems, respectively, depending on the correspondence of the CAD output to the nature and location of important findings influencing the radiologic diagnosis. CAD results for lung nodules were evaluated objectively by taking into account the number of false positives and true positives. For detection of cardiomegaly, 71% of evaluated cases were judged to be acceptably accurate in terms of clinical accuracy. For analysis of focal and diffuse interstitial infiltrates, 87% and 61% were acceptably accurate, respectively. For detection of lung nodules, 61% were acceptably accurate. More than 70% of CAD output was judged to be possibly accurate in terms of technical aspects. Technical problems were related to failure to dical problems were related to failure to detect subtle abnormalities and the occurrence of false positives caused by normal anatomical structures. We believe that CAD has the potential to be a valuable aid for radiologists in clinical practice, if certain technical problems can be overcome and if optimal operating points can be defined for clinical use

  17. Evaluation of image quality and radiation dose in mammography: a comparison among digital radiography, computed radiography and film-screen systems

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    Objective: To compare the image quality, radiation dose and diagnostic accuracy on film-screen, digital radiography (DR) and computed radiography (CR) mammography. Methods: Three different kinds of mammography machines (film-screen, DR and CR) were tested to make sure they were qualified and comparable. Radiographs were taken on Mammo-152 phantom and ACR phantom using film- screen, DR and CR systems with the same radiation dose. Next, radiographs were taken on two phantoms using DR and CR systems with classic mode or AEC and the radiation dose was recorded. The images were numbered and scored by eight independent experienced radiologists under the same reading condition according to ACR method. Statistics was performed with the randomized complete-block design variance analysis. The diagnostic accuracy of three kinds of mammography methods were compared with Kappa test in clinical cases who had pathologic results. Results: The spatial resolution of film-screen system was the highest (7.0-8.0 Lp/mm) and that of CR was the lowest (2.5 Lp/mm). When the radiation dose was increased (27.0%-30.0%), the resolution was improved with DR (+11.0%) but almost no change with CR (+1.5%). The radiation dose of DR was the lowest on ACR phantom. The delineation of mass was better on film-screen than on CR, but the delineation of fibers and speck was better on CR. When the radiation dose of CR was increased (25.0%), the delineation of fibers and speck on CR was similar to that on DR and the delineation of mass was similar to that on film-screen. There was a good correlation between the mammography diagnosis and pathological results (film-screen is 50/56, DR is 83/90 and CR is 61/69, P0.75). The diagnostic accuracy of three mammography systems had no statistical difference [film-screen 89.3% (50/56), DR 92.2% (83/90) and CR 88.4% (61/69 ), Pearson ?2=0.722, P=0.697]. Conclusion: Film/screen system has the highest space resolution and DR has the lowest radiation dose. Three mammography systems have the same diagnostic accuracy for breast disease. (authors)

  18. Low-dose digital computed radiography in pediatric chest imaging

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    A prototype digital computed radiographic imaging system that uses laser-stimulated luminescence was evaluated for its ability to achieve reproducible, high-detail, low-dose pediatric chest radiographs. Using this system, we performed a total of 401 examinations in infants and children, and achieved an 85% reduction in radiation dose, as compared with that delivered when film-screen techniques were used. We also achieved satisfactory image resolution, and the images obtained were of acceptable diagnostic quality. A direct comparison of analog and digital radiographs showed that comparable quality and clinical acceptability could be readily maintained between the two techniques. This study shows that high-quality images can be produced by this system at radiation doses reduced by 85% when compared with doses from standard radiographic techniques

  19. Cephalometric radiography and computed tomography in infants undergoing craniofacial surgery

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    Craniofacial growth after surgery in children is not completely understood. We have therefore formed a programme for pre- and postoperative studies with both roentgencephalometric- and computed tomographic investigations. This regiment results in overlapping information. Thus, an assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the two methods was made and exemplified in four patients. In our experience both cephalometry and CT are essential for the diagnosis, surgical planning and follow-up of surgically treated children with craniofacial anomalies. To minimize the radiation doses and the diagnostic procedures which in these cases often includes general anesthesia, patients with isolated, asymmetrical conditions such as plagiocephaly, might be followed with CT only, since roentgencephalometry can not add much information. (Authors)

  20. Effect of exposure time reduction towards sensitivity and SNR for computed radiography (CR) application in NDT

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    Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and sensitivity study of Computed Radiography (CR) system with reduction of exposure time is presented. The purposes of this research are to determine the behavior of SNR toward three different thicknesses (step wedge; 5, 10 and 15 mm) and the ability of CR system to recognize hole type penetrameter when the exposure time decreased up to 80 % according to the exposure chart (D7; ISOVOLT Titan E). It is shown that the SNR is decreased with decreasing of exposure time percentage but the high quality image is achieved until 80 % reduction of exposure time. (author)

  1. Noise properties in the fading of the imaging plate on a computed radiography system

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    Fading of the imaging plate (IP) in computed radiography (CR) systems with photostimulable phosphors is known well. The relation between noise properties and the fading of the IP in a CR system was investigated. Uniform exposure for the IP with various times between exposure and readout for the same exposure was used for this study. The relative intensity of photstimulated emission and the digital Wiener spectra were calculated. The relative intensity of photstimulated emission decreased with increasing time, whereas Wiener spectral values showed no difference with increasing time. We concluded that noise properties were not affected by the fading of the IP in the CR system. (author)

  2. Dose audit for radiation safety during intravenous urography procedures using computed radiography imaging system

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    Dose auditing was done during intravenous urography (IVU) procedure. Eighty patients undergoing IVU examination were included in this study. All investigations were made using a conventional x-ray machine equipped with linear tomography device and images were processed in a Computed Radiography (CR) reader interfaced to a Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS). Thermoluminescent dosimeter was made use of in measurement of radiation dose imparted to patients during IVU procedures. An average of 9.4 radiographs were taken for each IVU procedure and the average effective dose ranged from 0.28 mSv to 7.52 mSv. (author)

  3. The use of computed radiography plates to determine light and radiation field coincidence

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    Kerns, James R. [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030 and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Houston, Texas 77030 (United States); Anand, Aman [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona 85259 (United States)

    2013-11-15

    Purpose: Photo-stimulable phosphor computed radiography (CR) has characteristics that allow the output to be manipulated by both radiation and optical light. The authors have developed a method that uses these characteristics to carry out radiation field and light field coincidence quality assurance on linear accelerators.Methods: CR detectors from Kodak were used outside their cassettes to measure both radiation and light field edges from a Varian linear accelerator. The CR detector was first exposed to a radiation field and then to a slightly smaller light field. The light impinged on the detector's latent image, removing to an extent the portion exposed to the light field. The detector was then digitally scanned. A MATLAB-based algorithm was developed to automatically analyze the images and determine the edges of the light and radiation fields, the vector between the field centers, and the crosshair center. Radiographic film was also used as a control to confirm the radiation field size.Results: Analysis showed a high degree of repeatability with the proposed method. Results between the proposed method and radiographic film showed excellent agreement of the radiation field. The effect of varying monitor units and light exposure time was tested and found to be very small. Radiation and light field sizes were determined with an uncertainty of less than 1 mm, and light and crosshair centers were determined within 0.1 mm.Conclusions: A new method was developed to digitally determine the radiation and light field size using CR photo-stimulable phosphor plates. The method is quick and reproducible, allowing for the streamlined and robust assessment of light and radiation field coincidence, with no observer interpretation needed.

  4. Radiography - A new field among health sciences in Finland

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    In order to secure high quality X-ray services and efficient operation of clinical radiography, a study programme in radiography science was implemented at the University of Oulu in 1999. The need for a specific field of science has emerged as a result of social changes, such as the aging population, and the fast development of technology that has caused significant changes in the radiological working environment and clinical radiography. A need for a new, research-based informational foundation of clinical radiography is the basis for the programme. As service producers, radiographers need vast knowledge as well as specific expertise. The research object of radiography science is clinical radiography. If it was studied from the viewpoint of other sciences, the key professional skills of a radiographer would remain unexplored. Implementing an own field of science has enabled the development of radiography from its own bases. Basic research in the field is represented, for example, by the concept analysis of radiography in health sciences. Radiography science should produce research results for both clinical radiography and the instruction of radiography. So far, research results have dealt with the professional decision-making of a radiographer, the influences of computer technology on a radiographer's work and measuring the radiation exposure of a population

  5. Tropical pulmonary eosinophilia: a comparative evaluation of plain chest radiography and computed tomography

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    Plain chest radiography and computed tomography (CT) of the chest were performed on 10 patients with tropical pulmonary eosinophilia (TPE). Chest radiographs revealed bilateral diffuse lesions in the lungs of all the patients with relative sparing of lower lobes in one patient. However, computed tomography revealed bilateral diffuse lung lesions in all of the patients with relative sparing of lower lobes in three patients. In seven (70%) of the 10 patients, CT provided additional information. Computed tomography was found to be superior for the detection of reticulonodular pattern, bronchiectasis, air trapping, calcification and mediastinal adenopathy. No correlation was found between pulmonary function and gas exchange data using CT densities. There was also no correlation between the absolute eosinophil count (AEC) and the radiological severity of lesions. In six patients, high-resolution CT (HRCT) was performed in addition to conventional CT (CCT), and nodularity of lesions was better appreciated in these patients. It is concluded from this study that CT is superior to plain radiography for the evaluation of patients with TPE. 17 refs., 2 tabs., 4 figs

  6. An investigation of automatic exposure control calibration for chest imaging with a computed radiography system

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    Moore, C. S.; Wood, T. J.; Avery, G.; Balcam, S.; Needler, L.; Beavis, A. W.; Saunderson, J. R.

    2014-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the use of three physical image quality metrics in the calibration of an automatic exposure control (AEC) device for chest radiography with a computed radiography (CR) imaging system. The metrics assessed were signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and mean effective noise equivalent quanta (eNEQm), all measured using a uniform chest phantom. Subsequent calibration curves were derived to ensure each metric was held constant across the tube voltage range. Each curve was assessed for its clinical appropriateness by generating computer simulated chest images with correct detector air kermas for each tube voltage, and grading these against reference images which were reconstructed at detector air kermas correct for the constant detector dose indicator (DDI) curve currently programmed into the AEC device. All simulated chest images contained clinically realistic projected anatomy and anatomical noise and were scored by experienced image evaluators. Constant DDI and CNR curves do not appear to provide optimized performance across the diagnostic energy range. Conversely, constant eNEQm and SNR do appear to provide optimized performance, with the latter being the preferred calibration metric given as it is easier to measure in practice. Medical physicists may use the SNR image quality metric described here when setting up and optimizing AEC devices for chest radiography CR systems with a degree of confidence that resulting clinical image quality will be adequate for the required clinical task. However, this must be done with close cooperation of expert image evaluators, to ensure appropriate levels of detector air kerma.

  7. Can Computed Tomography Scout Radiography Replace Plain Film in the Evaluation of Patients with Acute Urinary Tract Colic?

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    Purpose: To determine the sensitivity of computed tomography (CT) scout view in detecting ureteral stones and whether CT scout radiography can replace plain film in the evaluation of patients with acute urinary tract colic. Material and Methods: Between January 2000 and 2002, 110 patients with ureterolithiasis were prospectively evaluated for the detection of ureteral stones on CT scout radiographs. The findings were compared with those of plain films. All patients were examined with plain film, CT scout radiography, and unenhanced helical CT. CT scans were performed within 24 h of plain films. Each CT scout radiograph was interpreted without knowledge of the findings on plain film. Results: 111 stones were detected by unenhanced helical CT. Mean stone size was 3.9 mm (range 1-10 mm). Of all stones, 57 (52%) were visible on plain film; 44 (40%) were seen on CT radiographs. The sensitivity of 79 small stones (5 mm), the sensitivity of CT scout radiography was 66% and of abdominal radiography 87.5%. Conclusion: In this study, plain film was more sensitive than CT scout radiography in revealing ureteral calculi. However, the detection of stones 5 mm or larger had a sensitivity of 66% on CT scout radiographs; 77% (44/57) of the stones visible on plain films were also seen on CT scout radiographs. We therefore believe that CT scout radiography can be used as a baseline study in mosphy can be used as a baseline study in most patients with big ureteral stones

  8. Radiologic analysis of femoral acetabular impingement: from radiography to MRI

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    Dwek, Jerry R. [University of California at San Diego, Department of Radiology, Rady Children' s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, CA (United States); San Diego Imaging, San Diego, CA (United States); Monazzam, Shafagh [Rady Children' s Hospital and Health Center, Department of Orthopedics, San Diego, CA (United States); Chung, Christine B. [University of California at San Diego, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2013-03-15

    Femoral acetabular impingement is a set of morphologic abnormalities that are considered to be a major cause of degenerative disease in the hip joint. Early changes are already present in adolescence when it is the pediatric radiologist who must assess current damage with the aim of averting progression to more severe and debilitating osteoarthritis. A multimodality approach is used for diagnosis, that includes conventional radiography and CT to assess the osseous structures. MR arthrography is the primary advanced imaging modality for assessment of morphologic changes as well as injuries of the labrum and articular cartilage. Details of radiologic imaging are offered to guide the radiologist and provide an avenue for the accurate description of the osseous and articular alterations and injury. (orig.)

  9. Analysis of physeal growth in dogs, using biplanar radiography

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    Biplanar radiography was used to study normal growth of the left and right radius in 5 Beagles and growth of the left radius alone in 15 additional Beagles. We explored the applicability of this radiographic method in veterinary medicine by measuring the contribution to total radius length from each growth plate. Spherical tantalum markers (0.5 mm) were embedded in the proximal epiphysis, diaphysis, and distal epiphysis of each dog's radius at 10 weeks of age. Simultaneous biplanar radiographic views were obtained every 4 weeks until skeletal maturity was documented. A three-dimensional coordinate system was constructed allowing for measurement of growth (in millimeters). Resolution of the measuring system was 0.074 mm. Mean +/- SEM length of the skeletally mature Beagle's radius, as measured from proximal epiphyseal bead to distal epiphyseal bead, was 95.33 +/- 1.07 mm. The percentage of contribution to the total radius length from the proximal and distal growth plates was 36.76 and 64.73%, respectively, with 95% confidence interval of 2.29%. The percentage of contribution to radius length from the distal radial growth plate increased for each consecutive time segment, with the distal radial physis contributing 61.75% from 10 to 14 weeks of age and increasing to 70.22% from 22 to 26 weeks of age. Significant growth was not observed after 26 weeks of age. The period of most rapid growth was between 10 and 14 weeks of age. Biplanar radiography was accurate and precise in quantifying the relative contribution of the proximal and distal growth plate to radius length in Beagles. The method is applicable in veterinary research or clinical medicine for monitoring of axial and angular growth: physiologic, iatrogenic, or pathologic

  10. Neutron radiography

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    The thermal neutron absorption coefficient is essentially different from the X-ray absorption coefficient. Each substance has a characteristic absorption coefficient regardless of its density. Neutron deams have the following features: (1) neutrons are not transmitted efficiently by low molecular weight substances, (2) they are transmitted efficiently by heavy metals, and (3) the transmittance differs among isotopes. Thus, neutron beams are suitable for cheking for foreign matters in heavy metals and testing of composites consisting of both heavy and light materials. A neutron source generates fast neutrons, which should be converted into thermal neutrons by reducing their energy. Major neutron souces include nuclear reactors, radioisotopes and particle accelerators. Photographic films and television systems are mainly used to observe neutron transmission images. Computers are employed for image processing, computerized tomography and three-dimensional analysis. The major applications of neutron radiography include inspection of neclear fuel; evaluation of material for airplane; observation of fuel in the engine and oil in the hydraulic systems in airplanes; testing of composite materials; etc. (Nogami, K.)

  11. Dose reduction using non lineal diffusion and smoothing filters in computed radiography

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    The use of Computed Radiography (CR) into clinical practice has been followed by a high increase in the number of examinations performed and overdose cases in patients, especially children in pediatric applications. Computed radiographic images are corrupted by noise because either data acquisition or data transmission. The level of this inherent noise is related with the X-ray dose exposure: lower radiation exposure involves higher noise level. The main aim of this work is to reduce the noise present in a low radiation dose CR image in order to the get a CR image of the same quality as a higher radiation exposure image. In this work, we use a non lineal diffusion filtering method to reduce the noise level in a CR, this means that we are able to reduce the exposure, milliampere-second (mAs), and the dose absorbed by the patients. In order to get an optimal result, the diffusive filter is complemented with a smoothing filter with edge detection in order to preserve edges. Therefore, the proposed method consists in obtaining a good quality CR image for diagnostic purposes by selection of lower X-ray exposure jointly with a reduction of the noise. We conclude that a good solution to minimize the dose to patients, especially children in pediatric applications, in X-ray computed radiography consists in decreasing the mAs of the X-ray exposure and then processing the image with the proposed method. - Highlights: • We have investigated the techniques to obtain the image quality to make a confident diagnosis. • We have used diffusion and smoothing filter in order to reduce the exposure. • Reducing CR doses, especially in pediatric applications. • The new CR images allow medical researchers to analyze how low dose affects the patient diagnosis

  12. Single new processing algorithm to replace the standard dual image format in computed chest radiography

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    Commercially available computed radiography (CR) systems are configured to produce dual images on a single sheet of film. One image is mildly processed, while the other is heavily processed to enhance high-frequency detail and to reduce large-area contrast. The authors of this paper modified the standard processing to provide a single image that optimizes diagnostic detail in both the lungs and mediastinum. Normal and abnormal chest CRs (Toshiba 303A System) were analyzed by three chest radiologists. The effects of various image processing parameters were studied in each case. A new processing algorithm that retained large- area contrast in the lungs while enhancing mediastinal detail was selected for further evaluation. Preliminary observer performance tests suggest that use of the new single-image format does not significantly alter diagnostic accuracy. However, use of a single image has considerable practical benefits

  13. Computed radiography by means of photostimulable BaFX:Eu2+ (X=Cl,Br,l)

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    BaFx:Eu2+ phosphor and the matrix crystal of it have been investigated as an efficient phosphor and a material for F-center studies respectively. These two currents of researches were connected by the finding of the photostimulated luminescence (PSL) in BaFX:Eu2+ and the study of the PSL process in these phosphors. Fuji Computed Radiography (CR) system was developed by making use of this efficient PSL phosphor in the imaging medium named Imaging Plate (IP). In this paper, the PSL mechanism in BaFX:Eu2+, the configuration and the performance of the CR system in the field of X-ray diagnostics, and its application to other fields of imaging are reviewed

  14. Optimising automatic exposure control in computed radiography and the impact on patient dose

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    Automatic exposure controls (AECs) used with computed radiography (CR) equipment need to be set for a constant signal level in the resultant images. The response varies with the energy of the X-ray beam in a different way from conventional film screen combinations. Dose to the imaging receptor has been employed in adjustment of the AECs for varying exposure conditions for CR systems installed in hospitals in the west of Scotland. However, other parameters could potentially be applied. In this study, three quantities have been investigated for use in setting the AEC function: the exposure indicator defined by the CR manufacturer, dose to the image receptor and image noise. Experiences gained in setting up the systems are described and results of a patient dose survey are reported. (authors)

  15. A study of image processing condition of mammography using FCR (Fuji Computed Radiography)

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    Image processing conditions of mammography using FCR (Fuji Computed Radiography) to detect mass shadow, marginal findings and microcalcification of breast cancer were examined. The subjects of the examination for mass shadow and marginal finding were 25 cases out of 55 breast cancers operated from December 1986 to August 1988. Three surgeons and two radiologists evaluated processing conditions. The optimum conditions of spatial frequency enhancement were RN(1 or 3)RT(P)RE(1.0) for mass shadow and RN(7)RT(P)RE(2.0) for marginal finding under routine gradational enhancement condition. ROC curves obtained from the phantom with a granule of aluminum were used to optimize image processing condition for microcalcification. It was shown that GT(M)GA(1.0)GC(0.6)RN(9)RT(F)RE(4.0) gave the best detectability among five image processing conditions. (author)

  16. The effect of radiation dose reduction on clinical image quality in chest radiography of premature neonates using a dual-side readout technique computed radiography system

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    The purpose of the present study was to investigate if the exposure could be reduced from the clinical setting (resulting in an effective dose of 8 ?Sv for a neonate of weight 0.7 kg and height 25 cm at a tube voltage of 90 kV) without negatively influencing the image quality for a dual-side readout technique computed radiography (CR) system in chest radiography of premature neonates. Chest radiographs of premature neonates were acquired with the double-side readout technique CR system. The images underwent simulated dose reduction in steps of 20% to represent five different radiation dose levels. Four image quality criteria, related to the visibility of important anatomical structures, were used in a visual grading study where five experienced radiologists rated how well the criteria were fulfilled for all images. When reducing the radiation dose, a decrease in image quality could be observed already at the 80% dose level for all the structures. The results indicate that a decrease in exposure from the clinically used setting affects the image quality negatively for the CR system. (authors)

  17. Initial quality performance results using a phantom to simulate chest computed radiography.

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    Muhogora, Wilbroad; Padovani, Renato; Msaki, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a homemade phantom for quantitative quality control in chest computed radiography (CR). The phantom was constructed from copper, aluminium, and polymenthylmethacrylate (PMMA) plates as well as Styrofoam materials. Depending on combinations, the literature suggests that these materials can simulate the attenuation and scattering characteristics of lung, heart, and mediastinum. The lung, heart, and mediastinum regions were simulated by 10 mm x 10 mm x 0.5 mm, 10 mm x 10 mm x 0.5 mm and 10 mm x 10 mm x 1 mm copper plates, respectively. A test object of 100 mm x 100 mm and 0.2 mm thick copper was positioned to each region for CNR measurements. The phantom was exposed to x-rays generated by different tube potentials that covered settings in clinical use: 110-120 kVp (HVL=4.26-4.66 mm Al) at a source image distance (SID) of 180 cm. An approach similar to the recommended method in digital mammography was applied to determine the CNR values of phantom images produced by a Kodak CR 850A system with post-processing turned off. Subjective contrast-detail studies were also carried out by using images of Leeds TOR CDR test object acquired under similar exposure conditions as during CNR measurements. For clinical kVp conditions relevant to chest radiography, the CNR was highest over 90-100 kVp range. The CNR data correlated with the results of contrast detail observations. The values of clinical tube potentials at which CNR is the highest are regarded to be optimal kVp settings. The simplicity in phantom construction can offer easy implementation of related quality control program. PMID:21430855

  18. Initial quality performance results using a phantom to simulate chest computed radiography

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to develop a homemade phantom for quantitative quality control in chest computed radiography (CR. The phantom was constructed from copper, aluminium, and polymenthylmethacrylate (PMMA plates as well as Styrofoam materials. Depending on combinations, the literature suggests that these materials can simulate the attenuation and scattering characteristics of lung, heart, and mediastinum. The lung, heart, and mediastinum regions were simulated by 10 mm x 10 mm x 0.5 mm, 10 mm x 10 mm x 0.5 mm and 10 mm x 10 mm x 1 mm copper plates, respectively. A test object of 100 mm x 100 mm and 0.2 mm thick copper was positioned to each region for CNR measurements. The phantom was exposed to x-rays generated by different tube potentials that covered settings in clinical use: 110-120 kVp (HVL=4.26-4.66 mm Al at a source image distance (SID of 180 cm. An approach similar to the recommended method in digital mammography was applied to determine the CNR values of phantom images produced by a Kodak CR 850A system with post-processing turned off. Subjective contrast-detail studies were also carried out by using images of Leeds TOR CDR test object acquired under similar exposure conditions as during CNR measurements. For clinical kVp conditions relevant to chest radiography, the CNR was highest over 90-100 kVp range. The CNR data correlated with the results of contrast detail observations. The values of clinical tube potentials at which CNR is the highest are regarded to be optimal kVp settings. The simplicity in phantom construction can offer easy implementation of related quality control program.

  19. Non-destructive analysis of rape plant pod by neutron radiography

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    Since the ripening process of the rape plant pod has not been studied well, non-destructive analysis of the pod has been carried out by neutron radiography. From the water distribution in the pod, the formation of pod parenchyma as well as vascular system were clearly observed. During the ripening process of the pod water content and weight of the seed were measured. It was found that at the early stage of the ripening process the water content of the seed became maximum and began to decrease, whereas the weight of each seed was gradually increased throughout the ripening process. Neutron radiography, which shows the water content of the pod, will give the clue to the decrease of the water content of the seed from the middle of the ripening process. (author)

  20. Standard versus inverted digital luminescence radiography in detecting pulmonary nodules: A ROC analysis

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    Objective: Observer performance tests were conducted to compare the effect of presenting digital luminescence radiography (DLR) monitor images in positive mode (“bones black”) or negative mode (“bones white”) in the detectability of subtle lung nodules. Methods: Five radiologists independently reviewed digital radiographs of 55 patients with either (a) a single, small (6–12 mm), non- calcified peripheral nodule confirmed by chest CT (n = 47) or (b) normal finding (n = 8) confirmed by chest CT, respectively. Mean size of pulmonary nodules was 8.3 mm (range 6–12 mm, median 7 mm). Radiographs were displayed either in standard mode (bones white) or inverse intensity (bones black). A total of 550 observations resulted. For the evaluation ROC analysis was performed using a specialized computer algorithm. Results: The standard presentation mode showed a sensitivity of 61.7% and a specificity of 72.5%, the inverse presentation mode a sensitivity of 68.1% and a specificity of 75.0%. ROC- analysis showed that the difference between the standard mode (Az- value 0.694) and the inverse mode (Az- value 0.810) was significant in favour of the inverse presentation mode (p = 0.001). This finding was especially observed in more experienced radiologist (Az- values 0.716 vs. 0.909, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Our study demonstrates a significant advantage of the inverse mode in the detection of small pulmonary nodules compared with the commonly used negative mode when interpreted by more experienced radiologists. Advance in knowledge: Inverse intensity images (“bones black”) may have some advantages in the detection of small pulmonary nodules in experienced readers when presented on a stand-alone display

  1. Free software for performing physical analysis of systems for digital radiography and mammography

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    Donini, Bruno; Lanconelli, Nico, E-mail: nico.lanconelli@unibo.it [Alma Mater Studiorum, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Bologna 40127 (Italy); Rivetti, Stefano [Fisica Medica, Ospedale di Sassuolo S.p.A., Sassuolo 41049 (Italy); Bertolini, Marco [Medical Physics Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera ASMN, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Reggio Emilia 42123 (Italy)

    2014-05-15

    Purpose: In this paper, the authors present a free software for assisting users in achieving the physical characterization of x-ray digital systems and image quality checks. Methods: The program was developed as a plugin of a well-known public-domain suite ImageJ. The software can assist users in calculating various physical parameters such as the response curve (also termed signal transfer property), modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectra (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). It also includes the computation of some image quality checks: defective pixel analysis, uniformity, dark analysis, and lag. Results: The software was made available in 2009 and has been used during the last couple of years by many users who gave us valuable feedback for improving its usability. It was tested for achieving the physical characterization of several clinical systems for digital radiography and mammography. Various published papers made use of the outcomes of the plugin. Conclusions: This software is potentially beneficial to a variety of users: physicists working in hospitals, staff working in radiological departments, such as medical physicists, physicians, engineers. The plugin, together with a brief user manual, are freely available and can be found online ( http://www.medphys.it/downloads.htm ). With our plugin users can estimate all three most important parameters used for physical characterization (MTF, NPS, and also DQE). The plugin can run on any operating system equipped with ImageJ suite. The authors validated the software by comparing MTF and NPS curves on a common set of images with those obtained with other dedicated programs, achieving a very good agreement.

  2. Standard versus inverted digital luminescence radiography in detecting pulmonary nodules: A ROC analysis

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    Kirchner, Johannes, E-mail: kirchner@akh-hagen.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Hagen (Germany); Gadek, Darius [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Hagen (Germany); Goltz, Jan-Peter [Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg (Germany); Doroch-Gadek, Anna; Stückradt, Sven [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Hagen (Germany); Liermann, Dieter [Department of Radiology, Katholisches Marienhospital Herne, Ruhr- University, Bochum (Germany); Kickuth, Ralph [Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2013-10-01

    Objective: Observer performance tests were conducted to compare the effect of presenting digital luminescence radiography (DLR) monitor images in positive mode (“bones black”) or negative mode (“bones white”) in the detectability of subtle lung nodules. Methods: Five radiologists independently reviewed digital radiographs of 55 patients with either (a) a single, small (6–12 mm), non- calcified peripheral nodule confirmed by chest CT (n = 47) or (b) normal finding (n = 8) confirmed by chest CT, respectively. Mean size of pulmonary nodules was 8.3 mm (range 6–12 mm, median 7 mm). Radiographs were displayed either in standard mode (bones white) or inverse intensity (bones black). A total of 550 observations resulted. For the evaluation ROC analysis was performed using a specialized computer algorithm. Results: The standard presentation mode showed a sensitivity of 61.7% and a specificity of 72.5%, the inverse presentation mode a sensitivity of 68.1% and a specificity of 75.0%. ROC- analysis showed that the difference between the standard mode (Az- value 0.694) and the inverse mode (Az- value 0.810) was significant in favour of the inverse presentation mode (p = 0.001). This finding was especially observed in more experienced radiologist (Az- values 0.716 vs. 0.909, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Our study demonstrates a significant advantage of the inverse mode in the detection of small pulmonary nodules compared with the commonly used negative mode when interpreted by more experienced radiologists. Advance in knowledge: Inverse intensity images (“bones black”) may have some advantages in the detection of small pulmonary nodules in experienced readers when presented on a stand-alone display.

  3. Free software for performing physical analysis of systems for digital radiography and mammography

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    Purpose: In this paper, the authors present a free software for assisting users in achieving the physical characterization of x-ray digital systems and image quality checks. Methods: The program was developed as a plugin of a well-known public-domain suite ImageJ. The software can assist users in calculating various physical parameters such as the response curve (also termed signal transfer property), modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectra (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE). It also includes the computation of some image quality checks: defective pixel analysis, uniformity, dark analysis, and lag. Results: The software was made available in 2009 and has been used during the last couple of years by many users who gave us valuable feedback for improving its usability. It was tested for achieving the physical characterization of several clinical systems for digital radiography and mammography. Various published papers made use of the outcomes of the plugin. Conclusions: This software is potentially beneficial to a variety of users: physicists working in hospitals, staff working in radiological departments, such as medical physicists, physicians, engineers. The plugin, together with a brief user manual, are freely available and can be found online ( http://www.medphys.it/downloads.htm ). With our plugin users can estimate all three most important parameters used for physical characterization (MTF, NPS, and also DQE). The plugin can run on any operating system equipped with ImageJ suite. The authors validated the software by comparing MTF and NPS curves on a common set of images with those obtained with other dedicated programs, achieving a very good agreement

  4. Gamma radiography and its technological application

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    After the presentation of gamma radiography and X-ray radiography, the author compare both techniques showing, in particular, the greater utility of gamma radiography in industrial diagnostic and more particularly on works site diagnostic. Problem of using radiography and safety consideration will be studied. Figures shows two radiography equipment which have been designed for gamma radiography respecting the safety regulations required by the Radioisotope Inter-ministerial Commission. In the second part, different techniques and uses of gamma radiography are briefly described : xerography, neutron radiography, fluoroscopy and imaging amplifier, tomography, betatrons and linear accelerators. Cost analysis will discussed in conclusion. (M.P.)

  5. Radiation dose reduction in computed skeletal radiography. Effect on image quality

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    In 11 corpses, 1 hand and 1 hip were examined with film-screen radiography, and a series of computed radiographs was obtained using exactly the same technique except for the exposure, which was 100, 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25, and 1.56% of the mAs numbers used for the film-screen images. The computed hip radiographs were processed in 2 different ways, one simulating the film-screen images and one using contrast enhancement. Four radiologists reviewed the images regarding the following parameters: Cortical bone, trabecular bone, joint space, and soft tissue, giving each a diagnostic quality rating on a scale from 1 to 5. The median and mean values were found for the pooled results. For the hands, the computed radiographs were ranked inferior to the film-screen images for all parameters except soft tissue, where the computed radiographs scored higher. The computed images with 50 to 25% exposure were ranked equal to the 100% ones. The quality rating slowly declined with lower exposures. For the hips, the 100 and 50% computed radiographs were generally similar to or slightly better than the film-screen images. The decline was somewhat faster than for the hands. The contrast-enhanced hip images scored less than the nonenhanced images at any given exposure for all parameters except soft tissue, where the contrast-enhanced images scored better at all exposures. The difference between nonenhanced and enhanced images became less at the lower exposures. (orig./MG)xposures. (orig./MG)

  6. Influence of estrogen deficiency and tibolone therapy on trabecular and cortical bone evaluated by computed radiography system in rats

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    Purpose: To verify the effects of tibolone administration on trabecular and cortical bone of ovariectomized female rats by computed radiography system (CRS). Methods: The experiment was performed on two groups of rats previously ovariectomized, one received tibolone (OVX+T) while the other did not (OVX), those groups were compared to a control group (C) not ovariectomized. Tibolone administration (1 mg/day) began thirty days after the ovariectomy and the treatment remained for five months. At last, the animals were euthanized and femurs and tibias collected. Computed radiographs of the bones were obtained and the digital images were used to determine the bone optical density and cortical thickness on every group. All results were statistically evaluated with significance set at P<0.05%. Results: Tibolone administration was shown to be beneficial only in the densitometric analysis of the femoral head, performing higher optical density compared to OVX. No difference was found in cortical bone thickness. Conclusion: Ovariectomy caused bone loss in the analyzed regions and tibolone administered in high doses over a long period showed not to be fully beneficial, but preserved bone mass in the femoral head. (author)

  7. Influence of estrogen deficiency and tibolone therapy on trabecular and cortical bone evaluated by computed radiography system in rats

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    Carvalho, Ana Carolina Bergmann de; Henriques, Helene Nara [Postgraduate Program in Pathology, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Fernandes, Gustavo Vieira Oliveira [Postgraduate Program in Medical Sciences, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Lima, Inaya; Oliveira, Davi Ferreira de; Lopes, Ricardo Tadeu [Nuclear Engineering Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil); Pantaleao, Jose Augusto Soares [Maternal and Child Department, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Granjeiro, Jose Mauro [Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Silva, Maria Angelica Guzman [Department of Pathology, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2012-03-15

    Purpose: To verify the effects of tibolone administration on trabecular and cortical bone of ovariectomized female rats by computed radiography system (CRS). Methods: The experiment was performed on two groups of rats previously ovariectomized, one received tibolone (OVX+T) while the other did not (OVX), those groups were compared to a control group (C) not ovariectomized. Tibolone administration (1 mg/day) began thirty days after the ovariectomy and the treatment remained for five months. At last, the animals were euthanized and femurs and tibias collected. Computed radiographs of the bones were obtained and the digital images were used to determine the bone optical density and cortical thickness on every group. All results were statistically evaluated with significance set at P<0.05%. Results: Tibolone administration was shown to be beneficial only in the densitometric analysis of the femoral head, performing higher optical density compared to OVX. No difference was found in cortical bone thickness. Conclusion: Ovariectomy caused bone loss in the analyzed regions and tibolone administered in high doses over a long period showed not to be fully beneficial, but preserved bone mass in the femoral head. (author)

  8. Validation of an image simulation technique for two computed radiography systems: An application to neonatal imaging

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to develop a computer model to simulate the image acquisition for two computed radiography (CR) imaging systems used for neonatal chest imaging: (1) The Agfa ADC Compact, a flying spot reader with powder phosphor image plates (MD 40.0); and (2) the Agfa DX-S, a line-scanning CR reader with needle crystal phosphor image plates (HD 5.0). The model was then applied to compare the image quality of the two CR imaging systems. Methods: Monte Carlo techniques were used to simulate the transport of primary and scattered x rays in digital x-ray systems. The output of the Monte Carlo program was an image representing the energy absorbed in the detector material. This image was then modified using physical characteristics of the CR imaging systems to account for the signal intensity variations due to the heel effect along the anode-cathode axis, the spatial resolution characteristics of the imaging system, and the various sources of image noise. The simulation was performed for typical acquisition parameters of neonatal chest x-ray examinations. To evaluate the computer model, the authors compared the threshold-contrast detectability in simulated and experimentally acquired images of a contrast-detail phantom. Threshold-contrast curves were computed using a commercially available scoring program. Results: The threshold-contrast curves of the simulated and experimentally acquired images show good agreement; for the two CR systems, 93% of the ement; for the two CR systems, 93% of the threshold diameters calculated from the simulated images fell within the confidence intervals of the threshold diameter calculated from the experimentally assessed images. Moreover, the superiority of needle based CR plates for neonatal imaging was confirmed. Conclusions: The good agreement between simulated and experimental acquired results indicates that the computer model is accurate.

  9. Measurements of Wiener spectra of laser printer in a computed radiography

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    Sources of noise in a computed radiography (CR) were investigated by measuring three different Wiener spectra: 1) laser printer Wiener spectra including CR film, 2) Wiener spectrum of CR film (single emulsion), and 3) overall Wiener spectra. To measure the noise contributed by the laser printer, 'image data' (i.e., image having a constant pixel value) were produced on a personal computer and were sent to the laser printer in the CR system. The noise level of laser printer was comparable to that of the CR film at low spatial frequencies (4 cycle/mm) was higher than that of the film. Laser printer Wiener spectra obtained in the perpendicular direction relative to the laser beam scanning direction were comparable at low spatial frequencies, but greater at high spatial frequencies, to those obtained in the parallel direction. And a spectral peak around 10 cycle/mm was obtained in the Wiener spectrum in the perpendicular direction. The peak is caused mainly by a banding artifact. Overall Wiener spectra in the parallel and perpendicular directions show the same tendency as those of the laser printer, but the noise level of the overall Wiener spectrum was increased mainly by X-ray quantum mottle at low spatial frequencies. In conclusion, the noise of laser printer greatly increases the overall Wiener spectrum at high spatial frequencies. (author)

  10. Optimization of digital mammography resolution using magnification technique in computed radiography

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    To determine whether magnified digital mammography using a computed radiography system can produce better spatial resolution by reducing the focus-object distance, and to define the optimal magnification factor when a large x-ray tube focal spot is used for digital mammography using a CR system. Digital images obtained using computed radiography of a breast phantom were obtained using various magnification factors. Up to twelve acrylic blocks each measuring one centimeter in height were used to increase the distance between the breast phantom and the base plate (screen holder), in order to create the magnification images. The large (0.3 mm) focal spot of the x-ray tube was used for the entire series of images. Three radiologists participated in the evaluation of the images, in order to determine which had the best resolution. The resolving ability of the line pair structures and image clarity of the detectable artificial microcalcifications (specs) were the two factors used to determine the resolution of the images. The images were not compressed and the viewing conditions, including the magnification factors, brightness and contrast, were fixed. The images were displayed on four high resolution PACS dedicated monitors (5 mega pixel LCD, BARCO Belgium). A focus-object distance of 590 mm and a source-to-image receptor distance of 650 mm (set by the manufacturer) resulted in the best resolution, when combined with a magnification factor of 1.1. All three radiologists agn factor of 1.1. All three radiologists agreed on this result. Two of the radiologists believed that at least two more line pairs were better separated on the magnified image having the best resolution than on the unmagnified image, while one radiologist believed that three more line pairs were better separated on this magnified image. Using images with still larger magnification factors did not improve the resolution due to edge blurring. It was easier to determine the resolving power by means of the line-pair structures than by assessing the clarity of the artificial microcalcifications

  11. Parameter analysis of radiography film for TC use

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    The possibilities of use x-ray industrial films on the projection survey for image processing, jointly with the noise analysis in films, when used as a radiation detectors in computerized tomography are studied. (C.G.C.)

  12. Post-operative observation of ilio-apophyseal transplants on the basis of radiography, computed tomography, autoradiography and histological assessment

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    A study in 25 rabbits, in which the acetabular roof was reinforced by inserting a wedge-shaped autologous tissue fragment of the apophysis, led to the following conclusions: That complete healing and ossification of the implant took place within the observation period; that radiography, computed tomography, autoradiography and histology consistently provided evidence in confirmation of ossification; that a wedge-shaped fragment of apophyseal cartilage is a suitable material for plastic surgery in the acetabular roof. (TRV)

  13. Evaluation of peripheral vascular disease by intravenous digital subtraction angiography with the Fuji computed radiography (FCR) system

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    Intravenous digital subtraction angiography using Fuji computed radiography system (FCR-DSA) was used to evaluate 57 preoperative patients with clinical manifestations of peripheral vascular disease of lower extremity. With its high contrast resolution and good special resolution, image of FCR-DSA could offer optimal information of vascular abnormality in lower extremity distal to midfoot for the diagnosis and the choice of management. (orig.)

  14. Performance evaluation of a 'dual-side read' dedicated mammography computed radiography system

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    The image quality of a dedicated mammography computed radiography (CR) system was characterized. A unique feature of this system is that it collects image signals from both sides of the storage phosphor. Measurements of the modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) were made. This work included improvements in our measurement methods to specifically account for the detrimental effects of system glare on the MTF and to accurately characterize the low-frequency NPS components. Image quality measurements were performed using a 25 kVp beam filtered with 2 mm Al and an exposure range of 1 to 100 mR (87 to 870 ?Gy). The DQE was found to decrease with increasing exposure due to an increased contribution of storage phosphor structure noise. The DQE of this system was compared to similar measurements made using a standard CR system. The dual-side read system demonstrated superior DQE compared to the standard system. The decrease in DQE with increasing exposure was more severe for the standard system than the dual-side read system. This finding suggests that the CR system noise was reduced for the dual-side read system compared to the standard system

  15. Visualisation of uric acid renal calculi (UARC) using computed radiography (CR)

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    Dom, Sulaiman M. [Medical Imaging Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 46000 Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)], E-mail: smd_dom@hotmail.com; Yusoff, Nadzri M.; Amin, Zulkifli M. [Medical Imaging Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 46000 Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

    2010-05-15

    Aim: To investigate the capability of CR to visualise UARC through inverse image post-processing technique. Methods. A patient-equivalent phantom (PEP) consisting of six 2.5-cm thick Perspex layers and one 1-mm thick aluminium layer was used to represent human tissues and bones respectively. A total of eight exposures were made on PEP to radiograph 1 mm, 2 mm and 3 mm UARC located between three layers of 2-cm thick cattle muscle, positioned inside the PEP. After each exposure, a layer of Perspex was removed, and another exposure was made until only one Perspex layer and one layer of muscle (containing the three UARC) remained. For each exposure, two images (a positive and an inverse image) were produced for comparison using Fuji XG1 computed radiography system with IP0 type C-ST-VI Fuji imaging plate (equivalent to 400 speed radiographic screen-film systems). Results: In positive image, UARC of all three sizes (1 mm, 2 mm and 3 mm) located in the cattle muscle, cannot be visualised when the PEP consists of more than one layer of Perspex. In inverse image, the 3-mm UARC can be seen even when the PEP consists of five layers of Perspex. Conclusion: This study revealed the post-processing capability of CR to increase the visualisation of UARC which has been categorised as radiolucent. A further study of clinical image quality should be performed using blinded observers to test diagnostic accuracy, which was not included in this study.

  16. Computed radiography imaging based on high-density 670-nm VCSEL arrays

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    Dummer, Matthew M.; Johnson, Klein; Witte, Mikael; Hogan, William K.; Hibbs Brenner, Mary

    2010-02-01

    Although vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have traditionally found their place in high-speed communication links, the recent advancements of VCSELs emitting in the visible spectrum has sparked interest for new applications in scanning and imaging. Compared to other lasers, VCSELs have many advantageous characteristics including compact size, low power requirements, low cost, and high reliability. VCSELs also offer the unique ability to be fabricated in one- or two-dimensional arrays, making it possible for multiple VCSELs on a single chip to perform the same function as a mechanically scanned beam. One such application is computed radiography (CR), which provides an efficient solution for digitizing and electronically storing x-ray images. In this work, we demonstrate a 1-inch prototype CR scanner based on high-density VCSEL arrays. The device is capable of generating very fast scans with no moving parts, and has the potential to increase throughput, stability, and image quality. In this paper, we discuss the design and performance of this scanner and demonstrate X-ray image acquisition with resolution exceeding 5 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm).

  17. Determination of the two-dimensional detective quantum efficiency of a computed radiography system

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    Based on a recently described method for determining the two-dimensional presampling modulation transfer function (MTF), the aperture mask method, a method for determining the two-dimensional detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of a digital radiographic system was developed. The method was applied to a new computed radiography (CR) system and comparisons with one-dimensional determinations of the presampling MTF and the DQE were performed. The aperture mask method was shown to agree with the conventional tilted slit method for determining the presampling MTF along the axes. For the particular CR system studied, the mean of one-dimensional determinations of the DQE in orthogonal directions led to a representative measure of the average DQE behavior of the system up to the Nyquist frequency along the axes, but a deviation was observed above this frequency. In conclusion, the method developed for determining the two-dimensional DQE can be used to determine the imaging properties of a digital radiographic detector system over almost the entire frequency domain, the exception being the lowest frequencies (?0.1 mm-1) at which the validity and the reliability of the method are low

  18. Correlation of image quality with exposure index and processing protocol in a computed radiography system

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    The correlation of image quality with the exposure index (EI) and the processing protocol was investigated in a Kodak computed radiography (CR) system using clinical radiographs and a water phantom containing an aluminium and a copper step-wedge. The phantom was exposed to different dose levels and the acquired images were processed using four clinical protocols. The quality of these images was evaluated in terms of image brightness, contrast and noise. In clinical radiographs, there was no straightforward correlation of image quality with EI. In phantom images, higher EI values improved contrast and reduced noise but after a point this improvement does not justify the implied increase in patient dose. Image brightness, contrast and noise were also strongly dependent on the processing protocol. To obtain the images of satisfactory quality with the Kodak CR system, a dose slightly higher than those used in 400 relative speed screen-film systems and a processing protocol designated for the specific radiographic examination are required. (authors)

  19. Computerized estimation of a percent glandular tissue composition in computed radiography mammography

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    Measurement of a percent glandular tissue composition (%GTC) is important in terms of the estimation of individual patient exposure dose and the prediction of malignancy, and thus a number of reports for estimating %GTC by use of a mammogram have been published. In this study, we propose a method for estimating individual %GTC by use of computed radiography (CR) mammograms. By employing breast-equivalent phantoms that are able to create breast phantom images with various combinations of fat and glandular tissue, as well as the thickness of whole breast, we determined a reference table for converting an each pixel value on CR mammography to the glandular tissue ratio. Therefore, the %GTC for individual breast was estimated by averaging glandular tissue ratio for a whole region. The clinical image data set that consisted of 49 CR mammograms were used for estimating %GTC. A paired comparison method for determining subjective ranking of the degree of breast density was employed in order to demonstrate the validity of our method. The results indicate that the average estimated %GTC was 35.0% (ranged from 12.0% to 67.0%) and they had a increased correlation with the ranking of those obtained by observer test. Therefore, it was suggested that our proposed method would be utilized for estimating the %GTC in objective manner. (author)

  20. PyRAT (python radiography analysis tool): overview

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    Armstrong, Jerawan C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Temple, Brian A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Buescher, Kevin L [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-14

    PyRAT was developed as a quantitative tool for robustly characterizing objects from radiographs to solve problems such as the hybrid nonlinear inverse problem. The optimization software library that was used is the nonsmooth optimization by MADS algorithm (NOMAD). Some of PyRAT's features are: (1) hybrid nonlinear inverse problem with calculated x-ray spectrum and detector response; (2) optimization based inversion approach with goal of identifying unknown object configurations - MVO problem; (3) using functionalities of Python libraries for radiographic image processing and analysis; (4) using the Tikhonov regularization method of linear inverse problem to recover partial information of object configurations; (5) using a priori knowledge of problem solutions to define feasible region and discrete neighbor for the MVO problem - initial data analysis + material library {yields} a priori knowledge; and (6) using the NOMAD (C++ version) software in the object.

  1. Interobserver agreement and performance score comparison in quality control using a breast phantom: screen-film mammography vs computed radiography

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    Our objective was to evaluate interobserver agreement and to compare the performance score in quality control of screen-film mammography and computed radiography (CR) using a breast phantom. Eleven radiologists interpreted a breast phantom image (CIRS model X) by four viewing methods: (a) original screen-film; (b) soft-copy reading of the digitized film image; (c) hard-copy reading of CR using an imaging plate; and (d) soft-copy reading of CR. For the soft-copy reading, a 17-in. CRT monitor (1024 x 1536 x 8 bits) was used. The phantom image was evaluated using a scoring system outlined in the instruction manual, and observers judged each object using a three-point rating scale: (a) clearly seen; (b) barely seen; and (c) not seen. For statistical analysis, the kappa statistic was employed. For ''mass'' depiction, interobserver agreement using CR was significantly lower than when using screen-film (p<0.05). There was no significant difference in the kappa value for detecting ''microcalcification''; however, the performance score of ''microcalcification'' on CR hard-copy was significantly lower than on the other three viewing methods (p<0.05). Viewing methods (film or CR, soft-copy or hard-copy) could affect how the phantom image is judged. Paying special attention to viewing conditions is recommended for quality control of CR mammograms. (orig.)

  2. The analysis of the imaging speed of the neutron digital radiography system based CCD

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    The imaging speed is the main character of the neutron digital radiography system, and the calculating method of neutron digital radiography based CCD is put forward according to the characters of CCD and the principal of neutron digital radiography and optics. Then the imaging speed of neutron radiography system in SPRR-300 is calculated by the method. The experiment shows the counted value basically tallies with the measured value, then the calculating method is believable. (authors)

  3. Comparison of survey radiography with ultrasonography and x-ray computed tomography for clinical staging of subcutaneous neoplasms in dogs

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    A study of 26 dogs (examined consecutively) with infiltrative subcutaneous neoplasms (mastocytoma, n = 11; soft tissue sarcoma, n = 13; and adenocarcinoma, n = 2) was conducted. Dogs were evaluated by physical examination, survey radiography, ultrasonography (US), and x-ray computed tomography (CT) prior to surgical excision of the tumor. The purpose of the evaluation was to accurately define gross neoplastic margins before surgical excision and to determine whether a difference could be observed between routine clinical staging (physical examination and survey radiography) and more detailed clinical staging (US and CT imaging). The clinical stage of 5 of 26 neoplasms assessed by US and of 17 of 26 neoplasms assessed by CT was determined to be more advanced because of previously undetected neoplasia, greater neoplastic size, or greater tissue invasiveness. Preoperative imaging of infiltrative subcutaneous neoplasms, using US and CT, is highly recommended to accurately determine gross neoplastic margins

  4. An in vitro comparison of diagnostic abilities of conventional radiography, storage phosphor, and cone beam computed tomography to determine occlusal and approximal caries

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    Aim: The aim of this study was to compare conventional radiography, storage phosphor plate, and cone beam computed tomography for in vitro determination of occlusal and approximal caries. Methods: A total of 72 extracted human premolar and molar teeth were selected. Teeth were radiographed with conventional intraoral radiography, a storage phosphor plate system, and cone beam computed tomography and evaluated by two observers. The teeth were then separated and examined with a stereomicroscope and a scanner at approximately 8x magnification. Results: CBCT was statistically superior to conventional radiography and phosphor plate for determining occlusal caries. No significant difference from CBCT, conventional radiography and the phosphor plate system for determining approximal caries was found. Conclusion: The CBCT system may be used as an auxiliary method for the detection of caries.

  5. An in vitro comparison of diagnostic abilities of conventional radiography, storage phosphor, and cone beam computed tomography to determine occlusal and approximal caries

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    Kayipmaz, Saadettin, E-mail: kayipmaz@ktu.edu.tr [Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Farabi, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Sezgin, Omer Said, E-mail: omersaidsezgin@gmail.com [Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Farabi, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Saricaoglu, Senem Tugra, E-mail: senem_tugra@hotmail.com [Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Farabi, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Can, Gamze, E-mail: gcanktu@yahoo.com [Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Medicine Department of Public Health (Turkey)

    2011-11-15

    Aim: The aim of this study was to compare conventional radiography, storage phosphor plate, and cone beam computed tomography for in vitro determination of occlusal and approximal caries. Methods: A total of 72 extracted human premolar and molar teeth were selected. Teeth were radiographed with conventional intraoral radiography, a storage phosphor plate system, and cone beam computed tomography and evaluated by two observers. The teeth were then separated and examined with a stereomicroscope and a scanner at approximately 8x magnification. Results: CBCT was statistically superior to conventional radiography and phosphor plate for determining occlusal caries. No significant difference from CBCT, conventional radiography and the phosphor plate system for determining approximal caries was found. Conclusion: The CBCT system may be used as an auxiliary method for the detection of caries.

  6. Comparison of digital radiography and dual-sided reading of computed radiography system for imaging quality and radiation dose

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    Objective: To compare imaging quality and radiation dose on DR and dual-sided reading of CR system. Methods: The TRG of ALVIM statistics phantom was exposed by DR and dual-sided reading of CR with the same radiation dose, then the exposure factor and the entrance surface dose (ESD) were recorded. After that, the phantom was exposed by dual-sided reading of CR with various mAs ( 3.2, 4.0, 4.3, 4.8 and 5.2 mAs) and the same kV, and the ESD was recorded, too. The acquired images were read by three radiologists on the monitor of diagnosis work station with the same window width and window level, then the total points of the images were given with the method of a five-level confidence scale. ROC curves were drawn and probability Pdet was calculated. Then the data was analyzed statistically by analysis of variance (ANOVA). Results: The ROC analysis of bone substitute with diameter from 0.5 to 1.0 mm and muscle substitute with diameter from 0.9 to 2.0 mm showed A(z) values of 0.742 to 0.923 and 0.635 to 0.900 for DR system when the radiation dose was 137.5 ?Gy. The ROC analysis of bone substitute and muscle substitute showed A (z) values of 0.526 to 0.586 and 0.473 to 0.560 for dual-sided reading of CR at the same radiation dose. The probability Pdet discrepancy of bone substitute in two systems was from 0.216 to 0.337, with the highest of 0.337 in the diameter of 1.0 mm. The probability Pdet, discrepancy by muscle substitute in two systems was from 0.075 to 0.342, with the highest of 0.342 in the diameter of 2.0 mm. There was significant statistical difference between the two groups (F=35.30, Pdet, discrepancy of bone substitute in two systems was from -0.003 to 0.009. The probability Pdet, discrepancy of muscle substitute in two systems was from -0.005 to 0.008, and there was no statistical difference between the two groups (F=5.23, P> 0.05). When the probability Pdet of two systems was the same, the ESD was 180.4 ?Gy by dual-sided reading of CR system, and the ESD was 137.5 ?Gy by DR system. Conclusion: Detection with DR system was proved to be superior to dual-sided reading of CR system at the same radiation dose. When the image quality was similar, the radiation dose of DR system was less than the dual-sided reading of CR system. (authors)

  7. neutron radiography

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    Neutron radiography (or radiology) is a diverse filed that uses neutrons of various energies, subthermal, thermal, epithermal or fast in either steady state or pulsed mode to examine objects for industrial, medical, or other purposes, both microscopic and macroscopic. The applications include engineering design, biological studies, nondestructive inspection and materials evaluation. In the past decade, over 100 different centers in some 30 countries have published reports of pioneering activities using reactors, accelerators and isotopic neutron sources. While film transparency and electronic video are most common imaging methods for static or in motion objects respectively, there are other important data gathering techniques, including track etch, digital gauging and computed tomography. A survey of the world-wide progress shows the field to be gaining steadily in its diversity, its sophistication and its importance. (author)

  8. The clinical significance of Fuji computed radiography on lateral chest radiogram

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    Kifune, Kouichi [Kanazawa Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    1995-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to clarify the benefits of digital lateral chest radiogram. In the basic study, the modulation transfer factor (MTF) and the wiener spectra (WS) of conventional screen film (CSF) and Fuji computed radiography (FCR) were measured. The visibility of the simulated nodules on FCR using 3 human bodies was subjectively compared with that on CSF by 13 observers. In the clinical study, the visibility of the normal structures on FCR was subjectively compared with that on CSF using 50 lateral chest radiograms by 10 observers. The diagnostic performance to detect pulmonary nodules on FCR was also compared with that on CSF using each 30 positive and negative cases by 8 observers. In the basic study, the MTF of FCR was superior to that of CSF, and the WS of FCR displayed in half size was superior to that of CSF. In all exposure conditions, the visibility of the nodules on FCR in the pulmonary apex was inferior to that on CSF, while FCR was superior to CSF in the other lung field. However, the visibility of the nodules on FCR in the pulmonary apex was improved when the exposure condition was increased. In the clinical study, the visibility of the normal structures on FCR was comparable or superior to that on CSF except for interlobar fissure due to resolution properties. The diagnostic performance of pulmonary nodules on FCR was comparable to that on CSF especially in classifying the marginal character and diameter of the nodules. According to the location of the nodules, the detectability of FCR was superior to that of CSF in the retrosternal space and tended to be inferior to that of CSF in the pulmonary apex. An adequate exposure condition should be considered before discussing the visibility and detectability of abnormal shadow in the lateral chest radiogram. In conclusion, the digital lateral chest radiogram is superior to the CSF images, mainly because of wide latitude in FCR. (author).

  9. The clinical significance of Fuji computed radiography on lateral chest radiogram

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    The purpose of this study was to clarify the benefits of digital lateral chest radiogram. In the basic study, the modulation transfer factor (MTF) and the wiener spectra (WS) of conventional screen film (CSF) and Fuji computed radiography (FCR) were measured. The visibility of the simulated nodules on FCR using 3 human bodies was subjectively compared with that on CSF by 13 observers. In the clinical study, the visibility of the normal structures on FCR was subjectively compared with that on CSF using 50 lateral chest radiograms by 10 observers. The diagnostic performance to detect pulmonary nodules on FCR was also compared with that on CSF using each 30 positive and negative cases by 8 observers. In the basic study, the MTF of FCR was superior to that of CSF, and the WS of FCR displayed in half size was superior to that of CSF. In all exposure conditions, the visibility of the nodules on FCR in the pulmonary apex was inferior to that on CSF, while FCR was superior to CSF in the other lung field. However, the visibility of the nodules on FCR in the pulmonary apex was improved when the exposure condition was increased. In the clinical study, the visibility of the normal structures on FCR was comparable or superior to that on CSF except for interlobar fissure due to resolution properties. The diagnostic performance of pulmonary nodules on FCR was comparable to that on CSF especially in classifying the marginal character and diameter of the nodules. According to the locaeter of the nodules. According to the location of the nodules, the detectability of FCR was superior to that of CSF in the retrosternal space and tended to be inferior to that of CSF in the pulmonary apex. An adequate exposure condition should be considered before discussing the visibility and detectability of abnormal shadow in the lateral chest radiogram. In conclusion, the digital lateral chest radiogram is superior to the CSF images, mainly because of wide latitude in FCR. (author)

  10. SU-E-I-27: Establishing Target Exposure Index Values for Computed Radiography

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    Purpose: To develop a standard set of target exposure index (TEI) values to be applied to Agfa Computed Radiography (CR) readers in accordance with International Electrotechnical Committee 62494-1 (ed. 1.0). Methods: A large data cohort was collected from six USAF Medical Treatment Facilities that exclusively use Agfa CR Readers. Dose monitoring statistics were collected from each reader. The data was analyzed based on anatomic region, view, and processing speed class. The Agfa specific exposure metric, logarithmic mean (LGM), was converted to exposure index (EI) for each data set. The optimum TEI value was determined by minimizing the number of studies that fell outside the acceptable deviation index (DI) range of +/? 2 for phototimed techniques or a range of +/?3 for fixed techniques. An anthropomorphic radiographic phantom was used to corroborate the TEI recommendations. Images were acquired of several anatomic regions and views using standard techniques. The images were then evaluated by two radiologists as either acceptable or unacceptable. The acceptable image with the lowest exposure and EI value was compared to the recommended TEI values using a passing DI range. Results: Target EI values were determined for a comprehensive list of anatomic regions and views. Conclusion: Target EI values must be established on each CR unit in order to provide a positive feedback system for the technologist. This system will serve as a mechanism to prevent under or overexposures of patients. The TEI recommendations are a first attempt at a large scale process improvement with the goal of setting reasonable and standardized TEI values. The implementation and effectiveness of the recommended TEI values should be monitored and adjustments made as necessary

  11. Patient dose, gray level and exposure index with a computed radiography system

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    Computed radiography (CR) is gradually replacing conventional screen-film system in Brazil. To assess image quality, manufactures provide the calculation of an exposure index through the acquisition software of the CR system. The objective of this study is to verify if the CR image can be used as an evaluator of patient absorbed dose too, through a relationship between the entrance skin dose and the exposure index or the gray level values obtained in the image. The CR system used for this study (Agfa model 30-X with NX acquisition software) calculates an exposure index called Log of the Median (lgM), related to the absorbed dose to the IP. The lgM value depends on the average gray level (called Scan Average Level (SAL)) of the segmented pixel value histogram of the whole image. A Rando male phantom was used to simulate a human body (chest and head), and was irradiated with an X-ray equipment, using usual radiologic techniques for chest exams. Thermoluminescent dosimeters (LiF, TLD100) were used to evaluate entrance skin dose and exit dose. The results showed a logarithm relation between entrance dose and SAL in the image center, regardless of the beam filtration. The exposure index varies linearly with the entrance dose, but the angular coefficient is beam quality dependent. We conclude that, with an adequate calibration, the CR system can be used to evaluate the patient absorbed dose. - Highlights: ? Chest radiographs with a CR system were studied for various irradiation conditions. ? Entrance skin dose and exit dose were determined with TLD in a Rando phantom. ? Relations between exposure index and ESD were analyzed and depend on beam quality. ? A log relation between ESD and mean gray level in ROI of the CR image was obtained. ? With a calibration the CR image can be used to obtain absorbed dose to patient

  12. The stationary neutron radiography system

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    In order to prevent corrosion-related aircraft loss, one must detect corrosion in the component before failure. This can be accomplished through the nondestructive Inspection (NDI) technique called neutron radiography. Implementation of neutron radiography for NDI is taking place at McClellan AFB, headquarters for the Sacramento Air Logistics Center (SMALC). Three systems will utilize the neutron radiography technique: the Transportable Neutron Radiography System (TNRS), the Maneuverable Neutron Radiography System (MNRS), and the Stationary Neutron Radiography System (SNRS). The SNRS is a specially designed facility, consisting of: TRIGA Reactor; Shield and Containment; four radiography bays; two robotic parts positioning systems; two real-time imaging systems. Like other TRIGA systems, the SNRS can also inspect advanced composite materials, turbine blades, hydraulic components, pyrotechnics. Further capabilities include neutron activation analysis using a pneumatic tube transfer system and nuclear hardening studies. The SNRS will also be capable of pulsing

  13. Diagnostic Value of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography and Periapical Radiography In Detection of Vertical Root Fracture

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    Ezzodini Ardakani, Fatemeh; Razavi, Seyed Hossein; Tabrizizadeh, Mehdi

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Vertical root fracture (VRF) is the longitudinal fracture of the root in endodontically treated teeth. Considering the limitations of two-dimensional radiographic images in detection of VRF and introduction of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), this study was designed to find the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of CBCT and periapical (PA) radiography in detection of VRFs. Methods and Materials: This was a cross-sectional in vitro study on 80 extracted human single canal teeth including 40 maxillary and 40 mandibular teeth. After standardized endodontic treatment of the roots, VRF was induced in half of the teeth in each group, and other half were left without fracture. Teeth were inserted in dry maxillary and mandibular alveoli. PA radiographs and CBCT images were taken from the specimens. Data were analyzed with SPSS software. The McNemar test was used to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of images, and kappa coefficient was used to assess the degree of agreement between the observers. The level of significance was set at 0.05. Results: Sensitivity and specificity values of CBCT were 97.5% and 95%, respectively. However, for PA radiography the sensitivity and specificity were 67.5% and 92.5%, in order of appearance. Accuracy of CBCT (96.25%) and PA radiography (80%) in both jaws were significantly different (P=0.022). Two methods were not significantly different when testing specificity (P=0.298). Conclusion: This study showed that the sensitivity and accuracy of CBCT in detection of vertical root fracture are higher than periapical radiography. CBCT can be recommended to be used in detection of vertical root fractures. PMID:25834597

  14. Comparison of computed tomography with radiography as a noninvasive diagnostic technique for chronic nasal disease in dogs

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    Computed tomography was evaluated as a noninvasive technique for the diagnosis of chronic nasal disease in dogs. Computed tomographic images, radiographs, and histopathologic findings were compared in 11 dogs with chronic nasal disease. Definitive diagnosis was made following traumatic nasal flush, exploratory surgery, or necropsy. The study included 8 dogs with intranasal tumors, 2 dogs with bacterial rhinitis (Pasteurella sp), and 1 dog with mycotic rhinitis (Aspergillus sp). Computed tomography was superior to radiography in defining the extent of the disease process and in differentiating infectious rhinitis from nasal neoplasms. It defined lesions in the palate, nasopharyngeal meatus, maxillary sinus, caudal ethmoturbinates, and periorbital tissues that were difficult to demonstrate by use of conventional radiography. Tumors appeared as space-occupying lesions that obliterated the turbinates, caused deviation of the nasal septum, and eroded bone. Rhinitis appeared as a cavitating lesion that spared the paranasal sinuses, thickened and distorted the turbinates, and widened the meatus. Although morphologically distinct on computed tomographic images, infectious rhinitis and nasal neoplasms could not be differentiated by attenuation measurements or degree of contrast enhancement. Computed tomography appeared to be a reliable, noninvasive technique for the diagnosis of chronic nasal disease in dogs, and a promising alternative to diagnostic techniques currently in use

  15. Digital real time radiography and X-ray computed tomography development at AWE plc

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    Digital X-ray imaging promises many advantages over conventional film radiography. The technique collects images electronically thus eliminating X-ray film, chemicals and chemical waste. Many radiographs can be stored on an optical disk or CD ROM and can be retrieved quickly and repeatedly using modern data archiving methods. Data can be transmitted electronically over local networks or the Internet for remote consultations. This paper discusses the development of a lens coupled digital radiography system currently being developed at AWE plc to examine high-density weapon components and sub-assemblies

  16. Pediatric radiation dose management in digital radiography

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    Direct digital radiography (DR) systems based on flat-panel detectors offer improved dose management in pediatric radiography. Integration of X-ray generation and detection in one computer-controlled system provides better control and monitoring

  17. Proton radiography and proton computed tomography based on time-resolved dose measurements

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    Testa, Mauro; Verburg, Joost M.; Rose, Mark; Min, Chul Hee; Tang, Shikui; Hassane Bentefour, El; Paganetti, Harald; Lu, Hsiao-Ming

    2013-11-01

    We present a proof of principle study of proton radiography and proton computed tomography (pCT) based on time-resolved dose measurements. We used a prototype, two-dimensional, diode-array detector capable of fast dose rate measurements, to acquire proton radiographic images expressed directly in water equivalent path length (WEPL). The technique is based on the time dependence of the dose distribution delivered by a proton beam traversing a range modulator wheel in passive scattering proton therapy systems. The dose rate produced in the medium by such a system is periodic and has a unique pattern in time at each point along the beam path and thus encodes the WEPL. By measuring the time dose pattern at the point of interest, the WEPL to this point can be decoded. If one measures the time-dose patterns at points on a plane behind the patient for a beam with sufficient energy to penetrate the patient, the obtained 2D distribution of the WEPL forms an image. The technique requires only a 2D dosimeter array and it uses only the clinical beam for a fraction of second with negligible dose to patient. We first evaluated the accuracy of the technique in determining the WEPL for static phantoms aiming at beam range verification of the brain fields of medulloblastoma patients. Accurate beam ranges for these fields can significantly reduce the dose to the cranial skin of the patient and thus the risk of permanent alopecia. Second, we investigated the potential features of the technique for real-time imaging of a moving phantom. Real-time tumor tracking by proton radiography could provide more accurate validations of tumor motion models due to the more sensitive dependence of proton beam on tissue density compared to x-rays. Our radiographic technique is rapid (˜100 ms) and simultaneous over the whole field, it can image mobile tumors without the problem of interplay effect inherently challenging for methods based on pencil beams. Third, we present the reconstructed pCT images of a cylindrical phantom containing inserts of different materials. As for all conventional pCT systems, the method illustrated in this work produces tomographic images that are potentially more accurate than x-ray CT in providing maps of proton relative stopping power (RSP) in the patient without the need for converting x-ray Hounsfield units to proton RSP. All phantom tests produced reasonable results, given the currently limited spatial and time resolution of the prototype detector. The dose required to produce one radiographic image, with the current settings, is ˜0.7 cGy. Finally, we discuss a series of techniques to improve the resolution and accuracy of radiographic and tomographic images for the future development of a full-scale detector.

  18. Schemes for the optimization of chest radiography using a computer model of the patient and x-ray imaging system

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    A computer program has been developed to model chest radiography. It incorporates a voxel phantom of an adult and includes antiscatter grid, radiographic screen, and film. Image quality is quantified by calculating the contrast (?OD) and the ideal observer signal-to-noise ratio (SNRI) for a number of relevant anatomical details at various positions in the anatomy. Detector noise and system unsharpness are modeled and their influence on image quality is considered. A measure of useful dynamic range is computed and defined as the fraction of the image that is reproduced at an optical density such that the film gradient exceeds a preset value. The effective dose is used as a measure of the radiation risk for the patient. A novel approach to patient dose and image quality optimization has been developed and implemented. It is based on a reference system acknowledged to yield acceptable image quality in a clinical trial. Two optimizations schemes have been studied, the first including the contrast of vessels as measure of image quality and the second scheme using also the signal-to-noise ratio of calcifications. Both schemes make use of our measure of useful dynamic range as a key quantity. A large variety of imaging conditions was simulated by varying the tube voltage, antiscatter device, screen-film system, and maximum optical density in the computed image. It was found that the optical density is crucial in screen-film chest radiography. Significant dose savm chest radiography. Significant dose savings (30%-50%) can be accomplished without sacrificing image quality by using low-atomic-number grids with a low grid ratio or an air gap and more sensitive screen-film system. Dose-efficient configurations proposed by the model agree well with the example of good radiographic technique suggested by the European Commission

  19. Detection of bone erosions in rheumatoid arthritis wrist joints with magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and radiography

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    DØhn, Uffe MØller; Ejbjerg, Bo J

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The objectives of the present study were, with multidetector computed tomography (CT) as the reference method, to determine the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiography for the detection of bone erosions in rheumatoid arthritis wrist bones, and to test whether measuring volumes of erosions on CT and MRI is reproducible and correlated to semiquantitative assessments (scores) of erosions on CT, MRI and radiography. METHODS: Seventeen patients with rheumatoid arthritis and four healthy control individuals underwent CT, MRI and radiography of one wrist, performed on the same day. CT was performed on a Philips Mx8000IDT unit (voxel size 0.4 mm x 0.4 mm x 1 mm) and MRI was performed on a Philips Panorama 0.6T unit (voxel size 0.4 mm x 0.4 mm x 0.4 mm). Images were evaluated separately for erosions in all wrist bones and were scored according to the principles of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Rheumatoid Arthritis MRI Scoring System (CT and MRI) and the Sharp/van der Heijde (radiographs) scoring methods. Measurements of erosion volumes of all erosions were performed twice with a 1-week interval. RESULTS: With CT as the reference method, the overall sensitivity, specificity and accuracy (concordance) of MRI for detecting erosions were 61%, 93% and 77%, respectively, while the respective values were 24%, 99% and 63% for radiography. The intramodality agreements when measuring erosion volumes were high for both CT and MRI (Spearman correlation coefficients 0.92 and 0.90 (both P < 0.01), respectively). Correlations between volumes and scores of individual erosions were 0.96 for CT and 0.99 for MRI, while they were 0.83 (CT) and 0.80 (MRI) for persons' total erosion volume and total score (all P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: With CT as the reference method, MRI showed moderate sensitivity and good specificity and accuracy for detection of erosions in rheumatoid arthritis and healthy wrist bones, while radiography showed very low sensitivity. The tested volumetric method was highly reproducible and correlated to scores of erosions.

  20. Neutron radiography and X-ray computed tomography for quantifying weathering and water uptake processes inside porous limestone used as building material

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    Euville and Savonnières limestones were weathered by acid test and this resulted in the formation of a gypsum crust. In order to characterize the crystallization pattern and the evolution of the pore structure below the crust, a combination of high resolution X-ray computed tomography and SEM–EDS was used. A time lapse sequence of the changing pore structure in both stones was obtained and afterwards quantified by using image analysis. The difference in weathering of both stones by the same process could be explained by the underlying microstructure and texture. Because water and moisture play a crucial role in the weathering processes, water uptake in weathered and non-weathered samples was characterized based on neutron radiography. In this way the water uptake was both visualized and quantified in function of the height of the sample and in function of time. In general, the formation of a gypsum crust on limestone slows down the initial water uptake in the materials. - Highlights: • Time lapse sequence in 3D of changing pore structures inside limestone • A combination of X-ray CT, SEM and neutron radiography was used. • Quantification of water content in function of time, height and weathering • Characterization of weathering processes due to gypsum crystallization

  1. Three-dimensional biplanar radiography as a new means of accessing femoral version: a comparitive study of EOS three-dimensional radiography versus computed tomography

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    To validate femoral version measurements made from biplanar radiography (BR), three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions (EOS imaging, France) were made in differing rotational positions against the gold standard of computed tomography (CT). Two cadaveric femurs were scanned with CT and BR in five different femoral versions creating ten total phantoms. The native version was modified by rotating through a mid-diaphyseal hinge twice into increasing anteversion and twice into increased retroversion. For each biplanar scan, the phantom itself was rotated -10, -5, 0, +5 and +10 . Three-dimensional CT reconstructions were designated the true value for femoral version. Two independent observers measured the femoral version on CT axial slices and BR 3D reconstructions twice. The mean error (upper bound of the 95 % confidence interval), inter- and intraobserver reliability, and the error compared to the true version were determined for both imaging techniques. Interobserver intraclass correlation for CT axial images ranged from 0.981 to 0.991, and the intraobserver intraclass correlation ranged from 0.994 to 0.996. For the BR 3D reconstructions these values ranged from 0.983 to 0.998 and 0.982 to 0.998, respectively. For the CT measurements the upper bound of error from the true value was 5.4-7.5 , whereas for BR 3D reconstructions it was 4.0-10.1 . There was no statistical difference in the mean error from the true values for any of the measurements done with axial CT or BR 3D reconstructions. BR 3D reconstructions accurately and reliably provide clinical data on femoral version compared to CT even with rotation of the patient of up to 10 from neutral. (orig.)

  2. Three-dimensional biplanar radiography as a new means of accessing femoral version: a comparitive study of EOS three-dimensional radiography versus computed tomography

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    Pomerantz, M.L. [University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery Department, San Diego, CA (United States); Glaser, Diana [Aurora Spine, Carlsbad, CA (United States); Doan, Josh [Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Center, San Diego, CA (United States); Kumar, Sita [University of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Edmonds, Eric W. [University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery Department, San Diego, CA (United States); Rady Children' s Hospital San Diego, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2014-10-17

    To validate femoral version measurements made from biplanar radiography (BR), three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions (EOS imaging, France) were made in differing rotational positions against the gold standard of computed tomography (CT). Two cadaveric femurs were scanned with CT and BR in five different femoral versions creating ten total phantoms. The native version was modified by rotating through a mid-diaphyseal hinge twice into increasing anteversion and twice into increased retroversion. For each biplanar scan, the phantom itself was rotated -10, -5, 0, +5 and +10 . Three-dimensional CT reconstructions were designated the true value for femoral version. Two independent observers measured the femoral version on CT axial slices and BR 3D reconstructions twice. The mean error (upper bound of the 95 % confidence interval), inter- and intraobserver reliability, and the error compared to the true version were determined for both imaging techniques. Interobserver intraclass correlation for CT axial images ranged from 0.981 to 0.991, and the intraobserver intraclass correlation ranged from 0.994 to 0.996. For the BR 3D reconstructions these values ranged from 0.983 to 0.998 and 0.982 to 0.998, respectively. For the CT measurements the upper bound of error from the true value was 5.4-7.5 , whereas for BR 3D reconstructions it was 4.0-10.1 . There was no statistical difference in the mean error from the true values for any of the measurements done with axial CT or BR 3D reconstructions. BR 3D reconstructions accurately and reliably provide clinical data on femoral version compared to CT even with rotation of the patient of up to 10 from neutral. (orig.)

  3. Assessment of survey radiography and comparison with x-ray computed tomography for detection of hyperfunctioning adrenocortical tumors in dogs

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    Results of abdominal survey radiography and x-ray computed tomography (CT) were compared in 13 dogs with hyperadrenocorticism histologically attributed to adrenocortical tumors. X-ray computed tomography enabled accurate localization of the tumor in all 13 dogs. Apart from 2 poorly demarcated irregular-shaped and mineralized carcinomas, there were no differences between adenoma (n = 3) and carcinoma (n = 10) on CT images. In 1 dog, invasion of the caudal vena cava by the tumor was suggested on CT images and was confirmed during surgery. Suspicion of adhesions between tumors of the right adrenal gland and the caudal vena cava on the basis of CT images was confirmed during surgery in only 2 of 6 dogs. Survey radiography allowed accurate localization of the tumor in 7 dogs (4 on the right side and 3 on the left). In 6 of these dogs, the tumor was visible as a well-demarcated soft tissue mass and, in the other dog, as a poorly demarcated mineralized mass. The smallest tumor visualized on survey radiographs had a diameter of 20 mm on CT images. Six tumors with diameter less than or equal to 20 mm were not visualized on survey radiographs. In 1 of these dogs, a mineralized nodule was found in the left adrenal region, without evidence of a mass. In a considerable number of cases, survey radiography can provide presurgical localization of adrenocortical tumors in dogs with hyperadrenocorticism; CT is redundant in these instances. In the absence of positive radiographic findings, CT is valuable for localization of adrenocortical tumors

  4. Evaluation of an edge method for computed radiography and an electronic portal imaging device in radiotherapy: Image quality measurements

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    Son, Soon-Yong; Choe, Bo-Young; Lee, Jeong-Woo; Kim, Jung-Min; Jeong, Hoi-Woun; Kim, Ham-Gyum; Kim, Wha-Sun; Lyu, Kwang-Yeul; Min, Jung-Whan; Kim, Ki-Won

    2014-12-01

    Regular quality assurance (QA) of image quality is essential for reasonable patient dose and accurate treatment. Thus, QA should be performed as a routine for correction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the modulation transfer function (MTF), the noise power spectrum (NPS) and the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of the computed radiography (CR) system and the digital radiography (DR) system by using the edge method in megavoltage X-ray imaging (MVI). We used an edge block, which consisting of tungsten with dimensions of 19 (thickness) × 10 (length) × 1 (width) cm3 and measured the pre-sampling MTF by using a 6-megavolt (MV) energy. Computed radiography with an image plate (CR-IP) showed the values of 0.4 mm-1 and 1.19 mm-1 for MTF 0.5 and 0.1. In the DR group, Elekta iViewGT showed the highest value of 0.27 mm-1 for MTF 0.5, and Siemens BEAMVIEW PLUS showed the highest value of 0.98 mm-1 for MTF 0.1. In CR, the NPS of CR-IP showed a favorable noise distribution. Thus, in the DR group, the NPS of Elekta iViewGT showed the highest noise distribution. CR-IP showed values at peak DQE and 1 mm-1 DQE of 0.0013 and 0.00011, respectively. In the DR group, Elekta iViewGT showed the best efficiency at a peak DQE of 0.0009, and Siemens BEAMVIEW PLUS showed the best efficiency at a 1-mm-1 DQE of 0.000008. The edge method produced fast assessments of the MTF and the DQE. We could validate the evaluation of the edge method by comparing of the CR system to the DR system. This study demonstrated that the edge method can be used for not only traditional QA imaging but also quantitative MTF, NPS and DQE measurements in detector development.

  5. Complete erasing of ghost images on computed radiography plates and role of deeply trapped electrons

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    Ohuchi-Yoshida, Hiroko, E-mail: hiroko@mail.pharm.tohoku.ac.jp [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, 6-3 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Kondo, Yasuhiro [Ishinomaki Senshu University, 1 Shinmito Minamisakai Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi 986-8580 (Japan)

    2011-12-11

    Computed radiography (CR) plates made of europium-doped Ba(Sr)FBr(I) were simultaneously exposed to filtered ultraviolet light and visible light in order to erase ghost images, i.e., latent image that is unerasable with visible light (LIunVL) and reappearing one, which are particularly observed in plates irradiated with a high dose and/or cumulatively over-irradiated. CR samples showing LIunVLs were prepared by irradiating three different types of CR plates (Agfa ADC MD10, Kodak Directview Mammo EHRM2, and Fuji ST-VI) with 50 kV X-ray beams in the dose range 8.1 mGy - 8.0 Gy. After the sixth round of simultaneous 6 h exposures to filtered ultraviolet light and visible light, all the LIunVLs in the three types of CR plates were erased to the same level as in an unirradiated plate and no latent images reappeared after storage at 0 Degree-Sign C for 14 days. With conventional exposure to visible light, LIunVLs consistently remained in all types of CR plates irradiated with higher doses of X-rays and latent images reappeared in the Agfa M10 plates after storage at 0 Degree-Sign C. Electrons trapped in deep centers cause LIunVLs and they can be erased by simultaneous exposures to filtered ultraviolet light and visible light. To study electrons in deep centers, the absorption spectra were examined in all types of irradiated CR plates by using polychromatic ultraviolet light from a deep-ultraviolet lamp. It was found that deep centers showed a dominant peak in the absorption spectra at around 324 nm for the Agfa M10 and Kodak EHRM2 plates, and at around 320 nm for the Fuji ST-VI plate, in each case followed by a few small peaks. The peak heights were dose-dependent for all types of CR samples, suggesting that the number of electrons trapped in deep centers increases with the irradiation dose.

  6. Plate-specific gain map correction for the improvement of detective quantum efficiency in computed radiography

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    Schnell, Erich A.; Samei, Ehsan; Dobbins, James T. [Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Department of Radiology and Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina 27705 (United States); Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Departments of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Physics, and Medical Physics Graduate Program, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina 27705 (United States)

    2012-03-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this work is to improve the noise power spectrum (NPS), and thus the detective quantum efficiency (DQE), of computed radiography (CR) images by correcting for spatial gain variations specific to individual imaging plates. CR devices have not traditionally employed gain-map corrections, unlike the case with flat-panel detectors, because of the multiplicity of plates used with each reader. The lack of gain-map correction has limited the DQE(f) at higher exposures with CR. This current work describes a feasible solution to generating plate-specific gain maps. Methods: Ten high-exposure open field images were taken with an RQA5 spectrum, using a sixth generation CR plate suspended in air without a cassette. Image values were converted to exposure, the plates registered using fiducial dots on the plate, the ten images averaged, and then high-pass filtered to remove low frequency contributions from field inhomogeneity. A gain-map was then produced by converting all pixel values in the average into fractions with mean of one. The resultant gain-map of the plate was used to normalize subsequent single images to correct for spatial gain fluctuation. To validate performance, the normalized NPS (NNPS) for all images was calculated both with and without the gain-map correction. Variations in the quality of correction due to exposure levels, beam voltage/spectrum, CR reader used, and registration were investigated. Results: The NNPS with plate-specific gain-map correction showed improvement over the noncorrected case over the range of frequencies from 0.15 to 2.5 mm{sup -1}. At high exposure (40 mR), NNPS was 50%-90% better with gain-map correction than without. A small further improvement in NNPS was seen from carefully registering the gain-map with subsequent images using small fiducial dots, because of slight misregistration during scanning. Further improvement was seen in the NNPS from scaling the gain map about the mean to account for different beam spectra. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a simple gain-map can be used to correct for the fixed-pattern noise in a given plate and thus improve the DQE of CR imaging. Such a method could easily be implemented by manufacturers because each plate has a unique bar code and the gain-map for all plates associated with a reader could be stored for future retrieval. These experiments indicated that an improvement in NPS (and hence, DQE) is possible, depending on exposure level, over a wide range of frequencies with this technique.

  7. Complete erasing of ghost images on computed radiography plates and role of deeply trapped electrons

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    Ohuchi-Yoshida, Hiroko; Kondo, Yasuhiro

    2011-12-01

    Computed radiography (CR) plates made of europium-doped Ba(Sr)FBr(I) were simultaneously exposed to filtered ultraviolet light and visible light in order to erase ghost images, i.e., latent image that is unerasable with visible light (LIunVL) and reappearing one, which are particularly observed in plates irradiated with a high dose and/or cumulatively over-irradiated. CR samples showing LIunVLs were prepared by irradiating three different types of CR plates (Agfa ADC MD10, Kodak Directview Mammo EHRM2, and Fuji ST-VI) with 50 kV X-ray beams in the dose range 8.1 mGy-8.0 Gy. After the sixth round of simultaneous 6 h exposures to filtered ultraviolet light and visible light, all the LIunVLs in the three types of CR plates were erased to the same level as in an unirradiated plate and no latent images reappeared after storage at 0 °C for 14 days. With conventional exposure to visible light, LIunVLs consistently remained in all types of CR plates irradiated with higher doses of X-rays and latent images reappeared in the Agfa M10 plates after storage at 0 °C. Electrons trapped in deep centers cause LIunVLs and they can be erased by simultaneous exposures to filtered ultraviolet light and visible light. To study electrons in deep centers, the absorption spectra were examined in all types of irradiated CR plates by using polychromatic ultraviolet light from a deep-ultraviolet lamp. It was found that deep centers showed a dominant peak in the absorption spectra at around 324 nm for the Agfa M10 and Kodak EHRM2 plates, and at around 320 nm for the Fuji ST-VI plate, in each case followed by a few small peaks. The peak heights were dose-dependent for all types of CR samples, suggesting that the number of electrons trapped in deep centers increases with the irradiation dose.

  8. Plate-specific gain map correction for the improvement of detective quantum efficiency in computed radiography

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    Purpose: The purpose of this work is to improve the noise power spectrum (NPS), and thus the detective quantum efficiency (DQE), of computed radiography (CR) images by correcting for spatial gain variations specific to individual imaging plates. CR devices have not traditionally employed gain-map corrections, unlike the case with flat-panel detectors, because of the multiplicity of plates used with each reader. The lack of gain-map correction has limited the DQE(f) at higher exposures with CR. This current work describes a feasible solution to generating plate-specific gain maps. Methods: Ten high-exposure open field images were taken with an RQA5 spectrum, using a sixth generation CR plate suspended in air without a cassette. Image values were converted to exposure, the plates registered using fiducial dots on the plate, the ten images averaged, and then high-pass filtered to remove low frequency contributions from field inhomogeneity. A gain-map was then produced by converting all pixel values in the average into fractions with mean of one. The resultant gain-map of the plate was used to normalize subsequent single images to correct for spatial gain fluctuation. To validate performance, the normalized NPS (NNPS) for all images was calculated both with and without the gain-map correction. Variations in the quality of correction due to exposure levels, beam voltage/spectrum, CR reader used, and registration were investigated. Results: The NNPS with plate-specific gainResults: The NNPS with plate-specific gain-map correction showed improvement over the noncorrected case over the range of frequencies from 0.15 to 2.5 mm-1. At high exposure (40 mR), NNPS was 50%-90% better with gain-map correction than without. A small further improvement in NNPS was seen from carefully registering the gain-map with subsequent images using small fiducial dots, because of slight misregistration during scanning. Further improvement was seen in the NNPS from scaling the gain map about the mean to account for different beam spectra. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a simple gain-map can be used to correct for the fixed-pattern noise in a given plate and thus improve the DQE of CR imaging. Such a method could easily be implemented by manufacturers because each plate has a unique bar code and the gain-map for all plates associated with a reader could be stored for future retrieval. These experiments indicated that an improvement in NPS (and hence, DQE) is possible, depending on exposure level, over a wide range of frequencies with this technique.

  9. Use of cost benefit analysis in the field of industrial radiography

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    Over the past decade NRPB has had a program of work on the development of cost benefit analysis (CBA) techniques in the optimisation of radiological protection. A provisional framework for including suggestions for assigning a value to unit collective dose was published for consultation in 1981/82 and after various interim statements this process culminated in formal advice in 1986. As part of this work, and as part of a project for the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) the NRPB has carried out a number of case studies to demonstrate the practical implementation of ALARA or optimisation of protection using CBA. These techniques, used in conjunction with ALARA audits, are now in general use in the NRPB's Radiation Protection Advisor Service. They have been used for a variety of medical and industrial situations, but mainly in industrial radiography as this is the part of the non-nuclear sector where occupational exposure problems predominate. Three cases are presented as representative examples

  10. Central axis dose verification in patients treated with total body irradiation of photons using a Computed Radiography system

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    To propose and evaluate a method for the central axis dose verification in patients treated with total body irradiation (TBI) of photons using images obtained through a Computed Radiography (CR) system. It was used the Computed Radiography (Fuji) portal imaging cassette readings and correlate with measured of absorbed dose in water using 10 x 10 irradiation fields with ionization chamber in the 60Co equipment. The analytical and graphic expression is obtained through software 'Origin8', the TBI patient portal verification images were processed using software ImageJ, to obtain the patient dose. To validate the results, the absorbed dose in RW3 models was measured with ionization chamber with different thickness, simulating TBI real conditions. Finally it was performed a retrospective study over the last 4 years obtaining the patients absorbed dose based on the reading in the image and comparing with the planned dose. The analytical equation obtained permits estimate the absorbed dose using image pixel value and the dose measured with ionization chamber and correlated with patient clinical records. Those results are compared with reported evidence obtaining a difference less than 02%, the 3 methods were compared and the results are within 10%. (Author)

  11. Skeletal imaging following reconstruction of the posterior cruciate ligament: in vivo comparison of fluoroscopy, radiography, and computed tomography

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    Osti, Michael; Benedetto, Karl Peter [Academic Hospital Feldkirch, Department for Trauma Surgery and Sports Traumatology, Feldkirch (Austria); Krawinkel, Alessa [Academic Hospital Feldkirch, Department for Radiology, Feldkirch (Austria)

    2014-12-15

    Intra- and postoperative validation of anatomic footprint replication in posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction can be conducted using fluoroscopy, radiography, or computed tomography (CT) scans. However, effectiveness and exposure to radiation of these imaging modalities are unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of fluoroscopy, radiography, and CT in detecting femoral and tibial tunnel positions following an all-inside reconstruction of the PCL ligament in vivo. The study design was a retrospective case series. Intraoperative fluoroscopic images, postoperative radiographs, and CT scans were obtained in 50 consecutive patients following single-bundle PCL reconstruction. The centers of the tibial and femoral tunnel apertures were identified and correlated to measurement grid systems. The results of fluoroscopic, radiographic, and CT measurements were compared to each other and accumulated radiation dosages were calculated. Comparing the imaging groups, no statistically significant difference could be detected for the reference of the femoral tunnel to the intercondylar depth and height, for the reference of the tibial tunnel to the mediolateral diameter of the tibial plateau and for the superoinferior distance of the tibial tunnel entry to the tibial plateau and to the former physis line. Effective doses resulting from fluoroscopic, radiographic, and CT exposure averaged 2.9 mSv, standard deviation (±SD) 4.1 mSv, to 1.3 ± 0.8 mSv and to 3.6 ± 1.0 mSv, respectively. Fluoroscopy, radiography, and CT yield approximately equal effectiveness in detecting parameters used for quality validation intra- and postoperatively. An accumulating exposure to radiation must be considered. (orig.)

  12. Skeletal imaging following reconstruction of the posterior cruciate ligament: in vivo comparison of fluoroscopy, radiography, and computed tomography

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    Intra- and postoperative validation of anatomic footprint replication in posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction can be conducted using fluoroscopy, radiography, or computed tomography (CT) scans. However, effectiveness and exposure to radiation of these imaging modalities are unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of fluoroscopy, radiography, and CT in detecting femoral and tibial tunnel positions following an all-inside reconstruction of the PCL ligament in vivo. The study design was a retrospective case series. Intraoperative fluoroscopic images, postoperative radiographs, and CT scans were obtained in 50 consecutive patients following single-bundle PCL reconstruction. The centers of the tibial and femoral tunnel apertures were identified and correlated to measurement grid systems. The results of fluoroscopic, radiographic, and CT measurements were compared to each other and accumulated radiation dosages were calculated. Comparing the imaging groups, no statistically significant difference could be detected for the reference of the femoral tunnel to the intercondylar depth and height, for the reference of the tibial tunnel to the mediolateral diameter of the tibial plateau and for the superoinferior distance of the tibial tunnel entry to the tibial plateau and to the former physis line. Effective doses resulting from fluoroscopic, radiographic, and CT exposure averaged 2.9 mSv, standard deviation (±SD) 4.1 mSv, to 1.3 ± 0.8 mSv and to 3.6 ± 1.0 mSv, respectively. Fluoroscopy, radiography, and CT yield approximately equal effectiveness in detecting parameters used for quality validation intra- and postoperatively. An accumulating exposure to radiation must be considered. (orig.)

  13. Computed tomographic analysis of urinary calculi

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    Excised urinary calculi were subjected to computed tomographic (CT) scanning in an attempt to determine whether CT attenuation values would allow accurate analysis of stone composition. The mean, maximum, and modal pixel densities of the calculi were recorded and compared; the resulting values reflected considerable heterogeneity in stone density. Although uric acid and cystine calculi could be identified by their discrete ranges on one or more of these criteria, calcium-containing stones of various compositions, including struvite, could not be distinguished reliably. CT analysis of stone density is not likely to be more accurate than standard radiography in characterizing stone composition in vivo

  14. Organ-specific dosimetry in spinal radiography: an analysis of genetic and somatic effects

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    Radiation doses absorbed by the uterus, ovary, testicle and active bone marrow are computed for cervical, thoracic, lumbar, full spine and chest series performed under typical office conditions. Assuming a nonthreshold, linear relationship between dose and radiogenic effect, the computed tissue-specific doses are used to estimate the probability that each X-ray series might enhance the statistical probability of occurrence of an adult leukemia fatality of the irradiated patient; a childhood leukemia, mental retardation or cancer fatality as a result of fetal irradiation; or a variety of sex cell chromosomal aberrations in irradiated patients. It is concluded that the greatest hazard to active bone marrow, the uterus and the gonads is posed by lumbar and full spine radiography and that the need to adequately justify such exposure is mandatory; furthermore, in these series, irradiation of the ovary is 10 times as great as that of the testicle. Lumbar radiographic examinations can be made significantly safer by the elimination of the lumbosacral spot view

  15. Optimum exposure conditions for computed radiography depending on fixed pattern noise and efficiency of imaging plate-scanner systems

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    The presently active standards on Computed Radiography (CR) need a major revision. It was observed by many users that the image quality for class B of EN 14784-2 is not achievable under the same exposure conditions as used for film exposure. A mathematical model was developed and tested, which allows the calculation of the image quality, proven by image quality indicators (IQI), depending on the fixed pattern noise and the efficiency of the used imaging plate (IP) scanner system. All tested IP scanner systems provide a fixed correlation between the measured signal/noise ratio (SNR) and the grey values in the digital images. The maximum achievable SNRmax depends on the fixed pattern noise of the plate (high dose limit). Depending on the exposure dose an optimum visibility of IQIs can be predicted by calculation and measured considering the attenuation coefficient for calculation of the contrast/noise ratio (CNR). The diameter of the just visible wire is proportional to 1/sqrt(CNR). The optimum tube voltage for best visibility of IQIs and maximum CNR depend on the exposure dose. The optimum tube voltage for best visibility is achieved only at exposures with high dose. A dose dependant optimal tube voltage was not observed for film radiography.

  16. Comparison of Non-Destructive Testing Images using 192Ir and 75Se with Computed Radiography System

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    A computed Radiography (CR) system by use of reusable Image Plate (IP) offers a convenient and reliable way to replace a conventional film-screen system for NDT (non-destructive testing) field. The quality of a radiography to detect a defect of welded objects depends on the procedure embracing several factors such as measurement conditions, image plate type/class, radiation energy, radiation type, and source to image plate distance. Also, the ability of images to detect a flaw reduces with increasing object thickness. In the study, the properties of gamma ray source were summarized for NDT field and inspection images of CR image system manufactured by FUJI were acquired using 75Se and 192Ir with welded objects. We analyzed the gray scale of hole defect image by using XCAP image processing program and calculated the image contrast and SNR in definition. Also the sesitivities of image quality indicator(IQI) were calculated for hot and cooling tube image of 75Se and 192Ir

  17. Industrial radiography

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    This Health and Safety Executive Information Sheet on industrial radiography aims to inform directors and managers of industrial radiography companies on the safety precautions necessary to ensure that their personnel do not exceed dose guidelines for exposure to ionizing radiation. The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 (IRR85) require that exposure doses for radiographers are kept as low reasonably practicable. Equipment maintenance, and the employment of proper emergency procedures will help to ensure personnel safety. (UK)

  18. Time resolved analysis of water drainage in porous asphalt concrete using neutron radiography

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    Porous asphalt as a road surface layer controls aquaplaning as rain water can drain through its highly porous structure. The process of water drainage through this permeable layer is studied using neutron radiography. Time-resolved water configuration and distribution within the porous structure are reported. It is shown that radiography depicts the process of liquid water transport within the complex geometry of porous asphalt, capturing water films, filled dead end pores and water islands. - Highlights: ? The water drainage process in porous asphalt was studied using neutron radiography. ? Despite similar mix designs, different processes of water transport were established. ? Water transport within porous asphalt showed filled dead end pores and water islands

  19. The OMERACT-RAMRIS Rheumatoid Arthritis Magnetic Resonance Imaging Joint Space Narrowing Score : Intrareader and Interreader Reliability and Agreement with Computed Tomography and Conventional Radiography

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    MØller DØhn, Uffe; Conaghan, Philip G

    2014-01-01

    To test the intrareader and interreader reliability of assessment of joint space narrowing (JSN) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) wrist and metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) using the newly proposed OMERACT-RAMRIS JSN scoring method, and to compare JSN assessment on MRI, CT, and radiography.

  20. Accuracy of Digital Radiography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography on Periapical Radiolucency Detection in Endodontically Treated Teeth

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    Full Text Available Objectives: The aim of the present study was to compare the accuracy of intraoral digital periapical radiography and cone beam computed tomography in the detection of periapical radiolucencies in endodontically treated teeth. Material and Methods: Radiographic images (cone beam computed tomography [CBCT] scans and digital periapical radiography [PR] images from 60 patients, achieved from September 2008 to July 2013, were retrieved from databases of the Department of Oral Diseases, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Twenty patients met inclusion criteria and were selected for further evaluation. Results: In 20 patients (42.4 [SD 12.1] years, 65% men and 35% women a total of 35 endodontically treated teeth (1.75 [SD 0.91]; 27 in maxilla and 8 in mandible were evaluated. Overall, it was observed a statistical significant difference between the number of periapical lesions observed in the CBCT (n = 42 and radiographic (n = 24 examinations (P < 0.05. In molar teeth, CBCT identify a significantly higher amount of periapical lesions than with the radiographic method (P < 0.05. There were significant differences between CBCT and PR in the mean number of lesions identified per tooth (1.2 vs 0.66, P = 0.03, number of teeth with lesions (0.71 vs 0.46, P = 0.03 and number of lesions identified per canal (0.57 vs 0.33, P = 0.005. Considering CBCT as “gold standard” in lesion detection with the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy considering as score 1, then the same parameters of PR were 0.57, 1 and 0.76 respectively. Conclusions: Within the limitations of the present study, it can be concluded that cone beam computed tomography scans were more accurate compared to digital periapical radiographs for detecting periapical radiolucencies in endodontically treated teeth. The difference was more pronounced in molar teeth.

  1. Basic studies of radiation image diagnosis in veterinary medicine, 1: Comparison of the resolution of computed tomography, scanography and conventional radiography in an equine thoracic phantom

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    In radiography of the thorax and abdomen of a large animal, the extreme thickness of the body causes a large amount of scattered radiation, which makes it difficult to obtain sharp images. The image resolutions of radiographs obtained by applying conventional radiography, scanography and computed tomography [CT] on an equine thoracic phantom were compared. Tubes of various inside diameters, used to simulate the pulmonary vessels were placed in an equine thoracic phantom and radiographed by CT, scanography and conventional radiography so as to compare the various degrees of resolution of the images of the tubes obtained by these methods. CT and scanography both gave a higher resolution index than conventional radiography, and both provided recognizable images of tubes < 2 mm in diameter, which conventional radiography failed to do. Scanography and CT can be used to obtain high-quality images of the thorax and abdomen of large animals. The image quality was compared using the resolution index (RI). The RI would be a wholly practical and comprehensive index for resolution because it includes 3 factors, contrast, sharpness and magnification, and yet is easy to calculate

  2. Retrospective patient dose analysis of a digital radiography system in routine clinical use

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    The log files generated in the flat-panel detector based digital radiography systems (Philips Digital Diagnost) at 11 different hospitals were used to acquire data regarding the dose-area product (DAP) and the entrance air kerma (EAK) for all X-ray examinations performed in routine clinical use. A retrospective statistical analysis of the data with respect to the dose levels was performed for several examination types. The resulting average dose levels were compared with the diagnostic reference levels (DRLs). While for the same type of examination the median dose level at different hospitals could differ by up to a factor of 5, almost all the dose levels were found to be much below the published DRL. Only in one hospital for one type of examination (Thorax PA) the DRL for the DAP was slightly exceeded, while for the same site and examination the EAK was still below the DRL. In conclusion, examination log files can be used for retrospective dose analysis and correlation with DRLs. (authors)

  3. Computed image analysis of neutron radiographs

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    Similar with X-radiography, using neutron like penetrating particle, there is in practice a nondestructive technique named neutron radiology. When the registration of information is done on a film with the help of a conversion foil (with high cross section for neutrons) that emits secondary radiation (?,?) that creates a latent image, the technique is named neutron radiography. A radiographic industrial film that contains the image of the internal structure of an object, obtained by neutron radiography, must be subsequently analyzed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information about the structural integrity of that object. There is possible to do a computed analysis of a film using a facility with next main components: an illuminator for film, a CCD video camera and a computer (PC) with suitable software. The qualitative analysis intends to put in evidence possibly anomalies of the structure due to manufacturing processes or induced by working processes (for example, the irradiation activity in the case of the nuclear fuel). The quantitative determination is based on measurements of some image parameters: dimensions, optical densities. The illuminator has been built specially to perform this application but can be used for simple visual observation. The illuminated area is 9x40 cm. The frame of the system is a comparer of Abbe Carl Zeiss Jena type, which has been adapted to achieve this application. The video camera assures the capture of image that is stored and processed by computer. A special program SIMAG-NG has been developed at INR Pitesti that beside of the program SMTV II of the special acquisition module SM 5010 can analyze the images of a film. The major application of the system was the quantitative analysis of a film that contains the images of some nuclear fuel pins beside a dimensional standard. The system was used to measure the length of the pellets of the TRIGA nuclear fuel. (authors)

  4. Industrial radiography

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    Industrial radiography is a non-destructive testing (NDT) method which allows components to be examined for flaws without interfering with their usefulness. It is one of a number of inspection methods which are commonly used in industry to control the quality of manufactured products and to monitor their performance in service. Because of its involvement in organizing training courses in all the common NDT methods in regional projects in Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean and in many country programmes, the Agency is aware of the importance of standardizing as far as possible the syllabi and training course notes used by the many experts who are involved in presenting the training courses. IAEA-TECDOC-628 ''Training Guidelines in Non-destructive Testing'' presents syllabi which were developed by an Agency executed UNDP project in Latin America and the Caribbean taking into account the developmental work done by the International Committee for Non-destructive Testing. Experience gained from using the radiography syllabi from TECDOC-628 at national and regional radiography training courses in the Agency executed UNDP project in Asia and the Pacific (RAS/86/073) showed that some guidance needed to be given to radiography experts engaged in teaching at these courses on the material which should be covered. The IAEA/UNDP Asia and Pacific Project National NDT Coordinators therefore undertook to prepare Radiography Training Course Notes which could be used by experts to prepare lectures for Level 1,2 and 3 radiography personnel. The notes have been expanded to cover most topics in a more complete manner than that possible at a Level 1, 2 or 3 training course and can now be used as source material for NDT personnel interested in expanding their knowledge of radiography. Refs, figs and tabs

  5. Performance evaluation of three computed radiography systems using methods recommended in American Association of Physicists in Medicine Report 93

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    The performances of three clinical computed radiography (CR) systems (Agfa CR 75 (with CRMD 4. 0 image plates), Kodak CR 850 (with Kodak GP plates) and Kodak CR 850A (with Kodak GP plates) were evaluated using six tests recommended in American Association of Physicists in Medicine Report 93. The results indicated variable performances with majority being within acceptable limits. The variations were mainly attributed to differences in detector formulations, plate readers' characteristics, and aging effects. The differences of the mean low contrast scores between the imaging systems for three observers were statistically significant for Agfa and Kodak CR 850A (P=0.009) and for Kodak CR systems (P=0.006) probably because of the differences in ages. However, the differences were not statistically significant between Agfa and Kodak CR 850 (P=0.284) suggesting similar perceived image quality. The study demonstrates the need to implement quality control program regularly. (author)

  6. Influence of imaging factors on image quality in bovine computed radiography (CR) using portable X-ray equipment

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of X-ray tube-cassette distance and image scanning time on image quality to establish the benefit of Computed Radiography (CR) in bovine clinical practice. The tube-cassette distance had no effect on the visual evaluation score (graininess and sharpness). The image scanning time correlated with graininess but not sharpness. From these results, it was concluded that accidental variations in the tube-cassette distance and variations in image scanning time of several hours will not be major problems in clinical practice. CR is considered a useful X-ray system in bovine clinical imaging in which the maintenance of reproducible tube-cassette distance is difficult and variations in image scanning time is assumed

  7. Voludensitometry: optimization of the computation of the 3D Radon Transform from the cone-beam X-ray radiographies

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    The aim of the voludensitometry is to reconstruct the material density function all among a three-dimensional area of interest from a set of digital radiographies acquired all around the object or the patient. We study the case where the X-ray source describes a circular trajectory centred on the object. The cone-beam geometry of the rays prevents to decompose the inverse problem in a superposition of two-dimensional reconstructions. We use the 3D Radon Transform and its inversion formula to implement a direct reconstruction algorithm. We describe here a powerful method to compute an approximation of the 3D Radon Transform. We state in particular, how it is possible to use the reprojection algorithm defined by P.M. Joseph

  8. Quality comparison between DEF-10 digital image from simulation technique and Computed Tomography (CR) technique in industrial radiography

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    The study was conducted to make comparison of digital image quality of DEF-10 from the techniques of simulation and computed radiography (CR). The sample used is steel DEF-10 with thickness of 15.28 mm. In this study, the sample is exposed to radiation from X-ray machine (ISOVOLT Titan E) with certain parameters. The parameters used in this study such as current, volt, exposure time and distance are specified. The current and distance of 3 mA and 700 mm respectively are specified while the applied voltage varies at 140, 160, 180 and 200 kV. The exposure time is reduced at a rate of 0, 20, 40, 60 and 80 % for each sample exposure. Digital image of simulation produced from aRTist software whereas digital image of computed radiography produced from imaging plate. Therefore, both images were compared qualitatively (sensitivity) and quantitatively (Signal to-Noise Ratio; SNR, Basic Spatial Resolution; SRb and LOP size) using Isee software. Radiographic sensitivity is indicated by Image Quality Indicator (IQI) which is the ability of the CR system and aRTist software to identify IQI of wire type when the time exposure is reduced up to 80% according to exposure chart ( D7; ISOVOLT Titan E). The image of the thinnest wire diameter achieved by radiograph from simulation and CR are the wire numbered 7 rather than the wire numbered 8 required by the standard. In quantitative comparison, this study shows that the SNR values decreases with reducing exposure time. SRb values increa reducing exposure time. SRb values increases for simulation and decreases for CR when the exposure time decreases and the good image quality can be achieved at 80% reduced exposure time. The high SNR and SRb values produced good image quality in CR and simulation techniques respectively. (author)

  9. Comparison of CT localization radiography and high-kilovoltage chest radiography

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    Twenty-five patients had localization radiography before chest computed tomography (CT) for evaluation of pulmonary nodules, staging of lung carcinoma, or suspected metastatic disease. Evaluation of the localization radiograph and the 140 kVp frontal chest radiograph were performed independently and without history by a CT and chest radiologist, respectively. These interpretations were compared to a reference standard compiled from the full CT and chest radiographic reports. Significant abnormalities in the soft tissues, bones, mediastinum, hila, and pleura were detected with about equal frequency by chest and localization radiography. Chest radiography detected all 16 of the lung nodules greater than 1 cm in diameter, while localization radiography detected 12; however, this was not statistically significant. Both the sensitivity and specificity of nodule detection by chest radiography exceeded that of localization radiography. The performance of localization radiography in the detection of chest abnormalities in this and other studies encourages further development of computed chest radiography

  10. Optimization of digital chest radiography using computer modeling and voxels phantoms

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    The purpose of this work is to use the Monte Carlo code MCNPX and the Female Adult voxel (FAX) and Male Adult voxel (MAX) phantoms to investigate how the dose and image quality in digital chest radiography vary with tube voltage (70-150 kV), anti-scatter methods (grid and air gap) and gender of the patient. The effective dose was calculated by ICRP60 and image quality was quantified by calculating the signal-difference-to-noise ratio for pathological details (calcifications) positioned at different locations in the anatomy. Calculated quantities were normalized to a fixed value of air kerma (5 ?Gy) at the automatic exposure control chambers. The results obtained in this work show that the air gap technique and lower tube voltages provide an increase in the digital image quality. Furthermore, this study has also shown that the detection of pathological details vary with the gender of the patient. (author)

  11. Demonstration of the metastatic pulmonary nodules by Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR)

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    Twenty one examinations of chest FCR were performed in 15 malignancies with pulmonary metastases. The rate for demonstrating, less than 5, from 5 to 15, and more than 15 mm pulmonary nodules using with FCR was retrospectively evaluated on the basis of the lesions detected with CT. The demonstrating rate for pulmonary nodules less than 5 mm in diameter was only 8 % ; for 5 - 15 mm nodules, about 87 %. However, several 5 - 15 mm nodules were not demonstrated due to overlap of the pulmonary vessels and bony structures. All nodules more than 15 mm were demonstrable. Chest FCR may demonstrate more pulmonary nodules than conventional radiography. However, the further studies should be required for the improvement of detectability of them with FCR. (author)

  12. A comparative study of cone-beam computed tomography and digital periapical radiography in detecting mandibular molars root perforations

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    Haghanifar, Sina; Moudi, Ehsan; Mesgarani, Abbas; Abbaszadeh, Naghi [Dental Material Research Center, Dental Faculty, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bijani, Ali [Non-Communicable Pediatric Diseases Research Center, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    The aim of this in vitro study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and digital periapical radiography in the detection of mesial root perforations of mandibular molars. In this in vitro study, 48 mandibular molars were divided into 4 groups. First, the mesial canals of all the 48 teeth were endodontically prepared. In 2 groups (24 teeth each), the roots were axially perforated in the mesiolingual canal 1-3 mm below the furcation region, penetrating the root surface ({sup r}oot perforation{sup )}. Then, in one of these 2 groups, the mesial canals were filled with gutta-percha and AH26 sealer. Mesial canals in one of the other 2 groups without perforation (control groups) were filled with the same materials. The CBCT and periapical radiographs with 3 different angulations were evaluated by 2 oral and maxillofacial radiologists. The specificity and sensitivity of the two methods were calculated, and P<0.05 was considered significant. The sensitivity and specificity of CBCT scans in the detection of obturated root canal perforations were 79% and 96%, respectively, and in the case of three-angled periapical radiographs, they were 92% and 100%, respectively. In non-obturated root canals, the sensitivity and specificity of CBCT scans in perforation detection were 92% and 100%, respectively, and for three-angled periapical radiographs, they were 50% and 96%, respectively. For perforation detection in filled-root canals, periapical radiography with three different horizontal angulations would be trustworthy, but it is recommended that CBCT be used for perforation detection before obturating root canals.

  13. A comparative study of cone-beam computed tomography and digital periapical radiography in detecting mandibular molars root perforations

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    The aim of this in vitro study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and digital periapical radiography in the detection of mesial root perforations of mandibular molars. In this in vitro study, 48 mandibular molars were divided into 4 groups. First, the mesial canals of all the 48 teeth were endodontically prepared. In 2 groups (24 teeth each), the roots were axially perforated in the mesiolingual canal 1-3 mm below the furcation region, penetrating the root surface (root perforation). Then, in one of these 2 groups, the mesial canals were filled with gutta-percha and AH26 sealer. Mesial canals in one of the other 2 groups without perforation (control groups) were filled with the same materials. The CBCT and periapical radiographs with 3 different angulations were evaluated by 2 oral and maxillofacial radiologists. The specificity and sensitivity of the two methods were calculated, and P<0.05 was considered significant. The sensitivity and specificity of CBCT scans in the detection of obturated root canal perforations were 79% and 96%, respectively, and in the case of three-angled periapical radiographs, they were 92% and 100%, respectively. In non-obturated root canals, the sensitivity and specificity of CBCT scans in perforation detection were 92% and 100%, respectively, and for three-angled periapical radiographs, they were 50% and 96%, respectively. For perforation detection in filled-root canals, periapical radiography with three different horizontal angulations would be trustworthy, but it is recommended that CBCT be used for perforation detection before obturating root canals.

  14. Neutron radiography study of water absorption in porous building materials: anomalous diffusion analysis

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    Dynamic neutron radiography was applied to obtain the experimental data concerning the kinetics of the wetting process in two different types (fired-clay and siliceous brick) of porous construction materials. The technique provides accurate experimental data concerning the first instants as well as the advanced stages of the imbibing process. A significant difference in water absorption parameters, contrasting the materials studied, is found. Both the advance of the wetting front and the time evolution of water content distribution within the sample are analysed. It is shown that for both materials the time dependence of the wetting front position d deviates from the classical square root of time t behaviour. The deviation is analysed in terms of the intercept b in the d = a?t + b approximation and the exponent n in the power law d ? tn/2. Both materials differ in the sign of the intercept parameter: b > 0 for siliceous brick and b 1 for fired-clay brick. At the initial stages (t -n/2. The evolution of the distribution of liquid in the porous medium was analysed in terms of the anomalous diffusion equation of Kuentz and Lavallee (2001 Experimental evidence and theoretical analysis of anomalous diffusion during water infiltration in porous building materials J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 34 2547-54) based on the non-linear generalization of the Fick's law. This approach makes a detailed analysis of the generalized hydraulic diffusivity in the low water content region possible. Successful fitting of experimental data with the diffusivity vanishing at null water content proved the importance of the hypodiffusive component of the process

  15. Industrial radiography

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    This publication is meant to be a manual for industrial radiography. As such the manual concentrates on the practical aspects, presenting existing radiographic system and techniques of operation to satisfy specified quality requirements. The manual also reviews the safety aspect of performing radiographic work. (author) systems

  16. Neutron radiography

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    The digital processing of the neutron radiography images gives the possibility for data quantification. In this case an exact relation between the measured neutron attenuation and the real macroscopic attenuation coefficient for every point of the sample is required. The assumption that the attenuation of the neutron beam through the sample is exponential is valid only in an ideal case where a monochromatic beam, non scattering sample and non background contribution are assumed. In the real case these conditions are not fulfilled and in dependence on the sample material we have more or less deviation from the exponential attenuation law. Because of the high scattering cross-sections of hydrogen (?s=80.26 barn) for thermal neutrons, the problem with the scattered neutrons at quantitative radiography investigations of hydrogenous materials (as PE, Oil, H2O, etc) is not trivial. For these strong scattering materials the neutron beam attenuation is no longer exponential and a dependence of the macroscopic attenuation coefficient on the material thickness and on the distance between the sample and the detector appears. When quantitative radiography (2 D) or tomography investigations (3 D) are performed, some image correction procedures for a description of the scattering effect are required. This thesis presents a method that can be used to enhance the neutron radiography image for objects with high scattering materials like hydrogen, carbon and other light materials. This method uses the Monte Carlo code, MCNP5, to simulate the neutron radiography process and get the flux distribution for each pixel of the image and determine the scattered neutrons distribution that causes the image blur and then subtract it from the initial image to improve its quality.

  17. Accuracy of periapical radiography, panoramic radiography and computed tomography for examining the mental foramen region / Acurácia de radiografia periapical, radiografia panorâmica e tomografia computadorizada para exame da região do forame mentual

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    Alexandre, Bahlis; Luis André, Mezzomo; Daniel, Boeckel; Nilza Pereira da, Costa; Eduardo Rolim, Teixeira.

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a acurácia de diferentes métodos radiográficos para estimação de altura óssea na região do forame mentual. METODOLOGIA: Vinte hemi-mandíbulas humanas, secas, foram examinadas por radiografia periapical e panorâmica e tomografia computadorizada. Um paquímetro digital foi usado pa [...] ra medir os traçados obtidos das radiografias em três diferentes tempos (grupos A1, A2 e A3) e nas hemi-mandíbulas seccionadas transversalmente (grupo B). As medições foram: Medida 1 - do limite superior da crista óssea ao limite superior do forame mentual; Medida 2 - do limite superior do forame mentual ao limite inferior do osso cortical da base da mandíbula; Medida 3 - do limite superior da crista óssea ao limite inferior do osso cortical da base da mandíbula. Os dados foram analisados por teste t de Student e teste de Friedman. RESULTADOS: Os valores médios de diferença na Medida 1 foram 0,33 mm, 0,35 mm e 0,85 mm para a radiografia periapical, tomografia computadorizada e radiografia panorâmica, respectivamente (intervalos de confiança de 0,17 a 0,49 mm, 0,18 a 0,53 mm e 0,38 a 1,32 mm, respectivamente). As radiografias panorâmicas mostraram as maiores diferenças nas Medidas 2 e 3, com valores médios de 1,05 mm e 1,93 mm, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: A radiografia periapical e a tomografia computadorizada mostraram a melhor acurácia. Sugere-se uma margem de segurança em caso de cirurgias. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To determine the accuracy of different radiographic methods for bone height estimation at the mental foramen area. METHODS: Twenty dry human hemimandibles were examed by using periapical and panoramic radiography, and computed tomography. An electronic digital caliper was used to measure th [...] e tracings obtained from the radiographies in three different times (groups A1, A2 and A3) and in the cross-sectioned hemimandibles (group B). Measurements consisted of: Measure 1 - from the upper limit of the alveolar ridge to the upper limit of the mental foramen; Measure 2 - from the upper limit of the mental foramen to the inferior limit of the cortical bone of the base of the jaw; Measure 3 - from the upper limit of the alveolar ridge to the inferior limit of the cortical bone of the base of the jaw. Data were analyzed with Student-t and Friedman tests. RESULTS: The average difference values in Measure 1 were 0.33 mm, 0.35 mm and 0.85 mm for the periapical radiography, computed tomography and panoramic radiography, respectively (confidence intervals of 0.17 mm to 0.49 mm, 0.18 mm to 0.53 mm and 0.38 mm to 1.32 mm, respectively). Panoramic radiographies showed the greatest differences in Measures 2 and 3, with average values of 1.05 mm and 1.93 mm, respectively. CONCLUSION: Periapical radiography and computed tomography showed the best accuracy. A safety margin for surgical purposes has been suggested.

  18. Reconstruction of the angle of shot by using computed radiography of the head.

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    Marchetti, Daniela; Tartaglione, Tommaso; Mattiu, Giancarlo; Giovine, Ennio; Fiori, Angelo

    2003-06-01

    In a case of murder by a single .22 caliber bullet fragmented in the head, determination of the trajectory was a key issue in identifying which of 2 windows, 1 of which was associated with 2 suspects, was the site of fire. For this purpose, we processed the computed tomography of the victim's head by using a radiation therapy planning system called Plato, which is routinely used in radiation oncology. This tool provided a 3-dimensional reconstruction of the cranio-cerebral lesions and a spatial location of bullet and bone fragments. In this article is described the more intuitive relationship with forensic and ballistic data obtained from the 3-dimensional visualization and the physical and mathematical analysis used to calculate the angle of shot. PMID:12773852

  19. Design of Mega-Voltage X-ray Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography Performance Phantoms

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    A number of fundamental scientific questions have arisen concerning the operation of high-energy DR and CT systems. Some of these questions include: (1) How deeply can such systems penetrate thickly shielded objects? (2) How well can such systems distinguish between dense and relatively high Z materials such as lead, tungsten and depleted uranium and lower Z materials such as steel, copper and tin? (3) How well will such systems operate for a uranium material which is an intermediate case between low density yellowcake and high density depleted uranium metal? These questions have led us to develop a set of phantoms to help answer these questions, but do not have any direct bearing on any smuggling concern. These new phantoms are designed to allow a systemic exploration of these questions by gradually varying their compositions and thicknesses. These phantoms are also good probes of the blurring behavior of radiography and tomography systems. These phantoms are composed of steel (? assumed to be 7.8 g/cc), lead (? assumed to be 11.4 g/cc), tungsten (? assumed to be 19.25 g/cc), uranium oxide (UO3) (? assumed to be 4.6 g/cc), and depleted uranium (DU) (? assumed to be 18.9 g/cc). There are five designed phantoms described in this report: (1) Cylindrical shells of Tungsten and Steel; (2) Depleted Uranium Inside Tungsten Hemi-cube Shells; (3) Nested Spherical Shells; (4) UO3 Cylinder; and (5) Shielded DU Sphere.re.

  20. Gamma-ray and neutron radiography for a pulsed fast neutron analysis cargo inspection system

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    This paper presents the design, optimization, and characterization of a gamma-ray and neutron radiographic subsystem that was developed for the Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis (PFNA) cargo inspection system. The PFNA inspection system uses D-D based nanosecond pulsed neutron source to produce three-dimensional elemental content images of cargo. The PFNA neutron source produces gamma rays as well as neutrons. The new radiographic subsystem measures these radiations in an array of plastic scintillators to produce gamma-ray and neutron transmission images of the cargo simultaneously with the PFNA elemental content measurement. Although the radiographic subsystem improves PFNA performance in many forms of contraband detection, it was specifically designed to detect Special Nuclear Material (SNM) in cargo containers and trucks. A feasibility study, including experiments and modeling, was performed to determine the usefulness of neutron and gamma-ray radiography in this application. The study showed that the baseline configuration was useful in cargoes up to 144 g/cm2 thick. In order to improve the subsystem performance, the source output needed to be increased. The neutron and gamma-ray yield and spectrum were measured for a variety of different beam stops. The maximum cargo thickness was increased to 180 g/cm2 by changing the source beam stop from gold to copper and by increasing the detector length to 17.0 cm. An experiment was then performed that deteAn experiment was then performed that determined a 3.5 cm radiographic resolution was adequate for SNM detection. The detector configuration and the source motion were optimized to obtain a resolution of approximately 3.5 cm using the minimal number of detectors (128) and the maximum detector diameter (5.1 cm). A prototype of the final design was built, installed, and tested, and is currently in use at the PFNA test facility. (author)

  1. Analysis of induced effects in matter during pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding by flash radiography

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    Pascal, G.; Noré, D.; Girard, K.; Perret, O.; Naudy, P.

    2000-05-01

    Tantalum and TA6V (titanium alloy) are respectively used in corrosive chemical product containers and in aircraft and aerospace industries. The objective of this study was to analyze the dynamic behavior of the matter during deep laser spot welding of these materials. The obtained images should allow a better understanding of laser-matter interaction and should validate a model developed for porosities formation. Because of the afterglow of detectors, classical video x-ray systems are not suitable for the analysis of short dynamic effects during and after the laser pulse. An experimental device, based on a flash x-ray generator EUROPULSE 600 kV and a QUANTEL pulsed Nd:YAG laser, has been used. The flash x-ray generator is triggered, after a programmed delay, by the laser shot. The x-ray pulse duration is 30 ns. Welding parameters (pulse duration and energy) yield molten zones of 2 mm depth. Both materials, tantalum and TA6V, have been tested. Radiological films BIOMAX coupled with radioluminescent screens and direct exposure film (DEF) were respectively used for tantalum and TA6V samples. A fine collimation was studied to avoid the scattering effect in the material and in the radioluminescent screen. Radiological test samples, made of tantalum and TA6V, were performed to estimate the images qualities obtained by flash radiography. About 270 laser/x-rays shots were performed. The radiographic images have been digitalized and processed. The results show a deep and narrow capillary hole called "keyhole" which appears a few milliseconds after the beginning of the interaction. The "keyhole" hollows until the end of the laser pulse. After the end of the laser pulse, the molten bath collapses in less than 1 ms, trapping cavities.

  2. Analysis of induced effects in matter during pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding by flash radiography

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    Tantalum and TA6V (titanium alloy) are respectively used in corrosive chemical product containers and in aircraft and aerospace industries. The objective of this study was to analyze the dynamic behavior of the matter during deep laser spot welding of these materials. The obtained images should allow a better understanding of laser-matter interaction and should validate a model developed for porosities formation. Because of the afterglow of detectors, classical video x-ray systems are not suitable for the analysis of short dynamic effects during and after the laser pulse. An experimental device, based on a flash x-ray generator EUROPULSE 600 kV and a QUANTEL pulsed Nd:YAG laser, has been used. The flash x-ray generator is triggered, after a programmed delay, by the laser shot. The x-ray pulse duration is 30 ns. Welding parameters (pulse duration and energy) yield molten zones of 2 mm depth. Both materials, tantalum and TA6V, have been tested. Radiological films BIOMAX coupled with radioluminescent screens and direct exposure film (DEF) were respectively used for tantalum and TA6V samples. A fine collimation was studied to avoid the scattering effect in the material and in the radioluminescent screen. Radiological test samples, made of tantalum and TA6V, were performed to estimate the images qualities obtained by flash radiography. About 270 laser/x-rays shots were performed. The radiographic images have been digitalized and processed. The results show a deep and narroocessed. The results show a deep and narrow capillary hole called 'keyhole' which appears a few milliseconds after the beginning of the interaction. The 'keyhole' hollows until the end of the laser pulse. After the end of the laser pulse, the molten bath collapses in less than 1 ms, trapping cavities

  3. The accuracy of radiography and computed tomography in the diagnosis of distal radio-ulnar joint congruity in rheumatoid hands

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    We investigated the accuracy of radiography and computed tomography in the diagnosis of distal radio-ulnar joint (DRUJ) congruity in 10 healthy hands and 84 rheumatoid hands. Operated-on joints were excluded from this series. The CT study of DRUJ was done in positions of 90 deg, 70 deg, 45 deg, 20 deg and 0 deg in pronation and supination of the forearm. The radiographic study was done of the lateral view of the wrist with the forearm in neutral rotation, and of the P-A view with the forearm in full pronation. The evaluation was done with Mino's and Snook's criteria. All computed tomograms showed good congruity in the 10 healthy hands, so we evaluated radiograms using these results. In healthy hands, the accuracy of the lateral radiograms was 60 % and of the P-A view ones' 80 %. In the computed tomograms, good congruity was noted in 29 joints, subluxation in 57 joints and dislocation in no joints in 84 rheumatoid hands clinically diagnosed as having DRUJ incongruity. The accuracy of the lateral view radiograms was 60.5 % and of the P-A view ones' 35.7 %. Evaluation of the P-A view radiogram was impossible in 18.9 % due to bony destruction of the ulnar styloid process in RA. In the lateral view radiograms of 23 joints which showed subluxation in natural rotation by computed tomography, subluxation was noted in 11 joints, good congruity in 8 joints and dislocation in 4 joints. This study suggests that as the radiographic evaluation of DRUJ incongruity is difficult in rhion of DRUJ incongruity is difficult in rheumatoid hands because of severe bony and articular destruction, computed tomography is necessary for the diagnosis of DRUJ subluxation. (author)

  4. Computer-aided diagnosis for the detection of the pulmonary nodules on digital chest radiography in lung cancer screening

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    Objective: To evaluate the value of computer-aided detection (CAD) system for pulmonary nodule detection using digital chest radiography in lung cancer screening. Methods: One hundred consecutive digital chest radiographs from 6280 outpatients for lung cancer screening were independently reviewed by a thoracic radiologist and a computer-aided pulmonary nodule detection system. The radiographs were also reviewed by two experienced thoracic radiologists and the true nodules confirmed by two radiologists with reference to the CT images were marked and stored as a gold standard in the CAD system. The sensitivity and false positive of the radiologist and the CAD system for the detection of nodules on digital chest radiographs were compared. Results: Ninety-five and 304 nodules were identified by radiologist and the CAD system, respectively. Of 134 nodules marked as true nodules by experienced radiologists, 82 (61.2%) and 105 (78.4%) nodules were identified by the radiologist and the CAD, respectively. The radiologist missed 35 true nodules which were only detected by CAD. The CAD system missed 10 true nodules which were only detected by radiologist. One hundred and twelve (83.6%) nodules were identified by radiologist with the CAD system. One hundred and ninety-nine nodules identified by CAD were false-positive with a rate of 2.0 (199/100) per case. Conclusion: Combining review of digital radiographs by radiologist with CAD system can improve the detection of pulmonary nodules in lung cancer screening. (authors)

  5. Anthropomorphic chest phantom imaging – The potential for dose creep in computed radiography

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    For film-based radiography the operator had to be exact in the selection of acquisition parameters or the image could easily become under- or over-exposed. By contrast, digital technology allows for a much greater tolerance of acquisition factor selection which would still give an image of acceptable diagnostic quality. In turn this greater tolerance allows for the operator to increase effective dose for little or no penalty in image quality. The purpose of this article is to determine how image quality and lesion visibility vary with effective dose (E) in order to identify how much overexposure could be tolerated within the radiograph. Using an anthropomorphic chest phantom with ground glass lesions we determined how perceptual image quality and E varied over a wide range of acquisition conditions. Perceptual image quality comprised of image quality and lesion visibility. E was calculated using Monte Carlo method; image quality was determined using a two alternative forced choice (2AFC) method and the quality criteria were partly informed from European guidelines. Five clinicians with significant experience in image reading scored the images for quality (intraclass correlation coefficient 0.869). Image quality and lesion visibility had a close correlation (R2 > 0.8). The tolerance for over-exposure, whilst still acquiring an image of acceptable quality, increases with decreasing kV and increasing source to image distance (SID). The maximum over-exposure factor (ratio of maximum E to minimum E that produce images of acceptable quality) possible was 139 (at 125 cm and 60 kV). Given the phantom had characteristics similar to the human thorax we propose that that potential for overexposure in a human whilst still obtaining an image of acceptable perceptual image quality is very high. Further research into overexposure tolerance and dose creep should be undertaken

  6. Ambulating radiography

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    Strong gamme or X-ray sources are utilized for non-destructive testing of i.e. bridges. The activities involve certain risks of accident that might lead to serious injuries caused by radiation. The National Institute of Radiation Protection has during the laste decade greatly yhe inspection rate in this area. It has today made controls of most enterprieses running ambulating radiography. (O.S.)

  7. Pattern of bone erosion and bone proliferation in psoriatic arthritis hands : a high-resolution computed tomography and radiography follow-up study during adalimumab therapy

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    Poggenborg, René Panduro; Bird, P

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To investigate the pattern and development of bone erosion and proliferation in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) during treatment with adalimumab, using high-resolution computed tomography (CT) and conventional radiography. METHOD: Forty-one biologic-naïve PsA patients were initiated with adalimumab 40 mg subcutaneously every other week. CT and radiography of the 2nd-5th metacarpophalangeal (MCP), proximal interphalangeal (PIP), and distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints were conducted at baseline (n = 41) and after 24 weeks (n = 32). Changes in bone erosion and proliferation are described and the imaging modalities compared. RESULTS: Ninety percent of bone erosions detected by CT were located in the metacarpal heads, and most frequently in the 2nd-3rd MCP joints. Radial (37%) and ulnar (31%) surfaces were more frequently eroded than dorsal (10%) and palmar (22%) sites. Using CT, bone proliferations were located primarily on the sides of the distal part of the DIP joints (43% of all proliferations), but also proximally in DIP (17%) and MCP joints (27%). For bone erosions and proliferations, respectively, radiography showed a low sensitivity (17% and 26%), but a high specificity (98% and 95%) and accuracy (93% and 87%), with CT as the gold standard reference. Neither CT nor radiography revealed statistically significant changes in bone erosion or proliferation scores between baseline and follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Patterns of bone erosion and proliferation in PsA hands were revealed in more detail by CT than by radiography. No overall progression or repair could be detected during adalimumab treatment with either of the methods.

  8. LANL12-RS-107J PYTHON Radiography Analysis Tool (PyRAT) Mid-Year Deliverable Report for FY15

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    Temple, Brian Allen [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Armstrong, Jerawan Chudoung [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-04-14

    This document is a mid-year report on a deliverable for the PYTHON Radiography Analysis Tool (PyRAT) for project LANL12-RS-107J in FY15. The deliverable is deliverable number 2 in the work package and is titled“ Add the ability to read in more types of image file formats in PyRAT”. Right now PyRAT can only read in uncompressed TIF files (tiff files), it is hopeful to expand the file formats that can be read by PyRAT.

  9. Signal differential-to-noise ratio (SdNR) in the evaluation of radiography techniques for optimisation of the industrial computed radiography

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    Saddock, Aline; Candeias, Janaina P.; Oliveira, Davi F.; Lopes, Ricardo T. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear], E-mail: aline@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: jcandeias@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: davi@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: ricardo@lin.ufrj.br

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    The transition from analog to digital operation which the radiography has gone through, has provided new and important challenges in the way the images are acquired and displayed. There is several acquisition system of digital image, such as for example, the computerized system, which uses Image Plates (IP). This system was used in the accomplishment of this work with the aim to study a technique capable of optimizing the acquisition of digital image. A methodology for the evaluation of image quality is through the parameter signal differential-to- noise ratio (SdNR). However, in order to compare different radiographic techniques through this system it is also necessary to calculate the Figure of Merit (FOM) that in this in case, it is given by the square of the SdNR per unit of applied dose. The method proposed in this work is about the use of IP to carry out SdNR experimental measurements and consequently FOM measurements in applications of the x-ray of pieces in aluminum. This proceeding was performed varying some specific parameters of the system, as high voltage, exposition and the use of filters in the X-rays tube exit. As a result, an SdNR was obtained for each technique, allowing in this way, to verify the behavior of the FOM in each one of them. (author)

  10. The limitation of plain chest radiography and the role of computed tomography in diagnosis of traumatic mediastinal hematoma

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    In 80 patients with roentgenologically suspected mediastinal hematoma (MH), plain chest radiographs and concurrent computed tomography (CT) scans were reviewed. Increased chest-mediastinal ratio, as shown on plain radiographs, was non-specific in diagnosing either MH or major arterial rupture (MAR). Abnormal aortic contour had a sensitivity of 100 % in diagnosing traumatic aortic rupture (TAR), although it was positive in 27 % of patients without MH. Great variations between observers existed in the interpretation of plain radiographs for MH. Plain radiography failed to reveal rupture of the right bronchiocephalic artery. There was no CT evidence of MH in 30 patients (38 %). In 48 patients with CT-proven MH, MAR or branch vessel rupture was seen in 12 patients (25 %), and sternal and vertebral fractures were seen in 15 patients (31 %). CT was positive in detecting pseudoaneurysm indicative of MAR and intimal flap in 5 of 8 patients in whom MH surrounding the aortic arch was associated with TAR. Angiography should be indicated if there is no CT evidence of MAR in spite of the presence of MH surrounding the aorta. These results indicate the potential of CT in diagnosing traumatic MH, as well as determining the indication of angiography. (Namekawa, K.)

  11. Configuration of automatic exposure control on mammography units for computed radiography to match patient dose of screen film systems

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    Yang, Chang-Ying Joseph; Huang, Weidong

    2009-02-01

    Computed radiography (CR) is considered a drop-in addition or replacement for traditional screen-film (SF) systems in digital mammography. Unlike other technologies, CR has the advantage of being compatible with existing mammography units. One of the challenges, however, is to properly configure the automatic exposure control (AEC) on existing mammography units for CR use. Unlike analogue systems, the capture and display of digital CR images is decoupled. The function of AEC is changed from ensuring proper and consistent optical density of the captured image on film to balancing image quality with patient dose needed for CR. One of the preferences when acquiring CR images under AEC is to use the same patient dose as SF systems. The challenge is whether the existing AEC design and calibration process-most of them proprietary from the X-ray systems manufacturers and tailored specifically for SF response properties-can be adapted for CR cassettes, in order to compensate for their response and attenuation differences. This paper describes the methods for configuring the AEC of three different mammography units models to match the patient dose used for CR with those that are used for a KODAK MIN-R 2000 SF System. Based on phantom test results, these methods provide the dose level under AEC for the CR systems to match with the dose of SF systems. These methods can be used in clinical environments that require the acquisition of CR images under AEC at the same dose levels as those used for SF systems.

  12. Comparison of panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography for assessing the relationship between the maxillary sinus floor and maxillary molars

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    This study compared panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for evaluating the relationship between the maxillary sinus floor and the roots of maxillary molars. Paired panoramic radiographs and CBCT images from 97 subjects were analysed. This analysis classified 388 maxillary molars according to their relationship to the maxillary sinus floor on panoramic radiograph and CBCT. Correlations between these two radiographic techniques were examined. Maxillary molar roots that were separate from the sinus floor showed the same classification in 100% of the cases when using these two imaging techniques. The corresponding percentage for such roots that were in contact with the sinus floor was 75%. When roots overlapped the maxillary sinus floor on panoramic radiographs, only 26.4% of maxillary first molars and 60.0% of second molars showed protrusion of roots into the sinus with CBCT. The results of the study suggest that roots projecting into the sinus on panoramic radiographs require a three-dimensional image in order to analyze the proximity of their apex to the sinus floor.

  13. Evaluation of the diagnostic value of a computed radiography system by comparison of digital hard copy images with screen-film mammography: results of a prospective clinical trial

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    The purpose of the study was to determine prospectively the diagnostic value of a computed radiography (CR) system by comparing mammographic hard copy images with screen-film mammography (SFM). A series of 100 patients, who came for diagnostic investigation, underwent two-view SFM (Lorad M-IV Platinum) and digital mammography with a CR system (AGFA CR system). The images were obtained by double exposure, i.e. same view without removing compression of the corresponding breast. The CR images were processed with dedicated processing for mammography. Six radiologists read sets of SFM and CR images. The primary efficacy parameter was the overall diagnostic value. The secondary efficacy parameters were lesion conspicuity and lesion details (for masses and micro-calcifications), tissue visibility at chest wall and at skin line, axillary details, overall density and sharpness impression and the overall noise impression. These parameters were scored by a 7-point scoring system. ''CR non-inferior to SFM'' was concluded if the lower confidence interval bound exceeded 80%. The confidence interval for the overall diagnostic value was between 96.4% and 100%. Pooled analysis of the ten features for image quality comparison demonstrated for all but one feature (lesion details of the calcifications) CR non-inferiority to SFM. (orig.)

  14. Effectiveness of unannounced inspections of industrial radiography sites from radiological safety standpoint: an analysis

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    The regulatory authority assisted by the Radiological Physics and Advisory Division of BARC conducts announced and unannounced inspection of Industrial Radiography sites. During such inspections a variety of violations of safety requirements were observed and classified according to the severity of the radiological consequences. This paper describes the violations. It is evident that inspection would contribute to reduce such violations thereby reducing occupational and public exposures. (author)

  15. Computational movement analysis

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    This SpringerBrief discusses the characteristics of spatiotemporal movement data, including uncertainty and scale. It investigates three core aspects of Computational Movement Analysis: Conceptual modeling of movement and movement spaces, spatiotemporal analysis methods aiming at a better understanding of movement processes (with a focus on data mining for movement patterns), and using decentralized spatial computing methods in movement analysis. The author presents Computational Movement Analysis as an interdisciplinary umbrella for analyzing movement processes with methods from a range of fi

  16. Physical and Clinical Comparison between a Screen-Film System and a Dual-Side Reading Mammography-Dedicated Computed Radiography System

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    Rivetti, S. (Dept. of Health Physics, AUSL Modena, Modena (Italy)). e-mail: nico.lanconelli@unibo.it; Canossi, B.; Battista, R.; Vetruccio, E.; Torricelli, P. (Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena (Italy)); Lanconelli, N. (Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)); Danielli, C. (Dept. of Health Physics, Policlinico di Modena, Modena (Italy)); Borasi, G. (Dept. of Health Physics, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia (Italy))

    2009-12-15

    Background: Digital mammography systems, thanks to a physical performance better than conventional screen-film units, have the potential of reducing the dose to patients, without decreasing the diagnostic accuracy. Purpose: To achieve a physical and clinical comparison between two systems: a screen-film plate and a dual-side computed radiography system (CRM; FUJIFILM FCR 5000 MA). Material and Methods: A unique feature of the FCR 5000 MA system is that it has a clear support medium, allowing light emitted during the scanning process to be detected on the 'back' of the storage phosphor plate, considerably improving the system's efficiency. The system's physical performance was tested by means of a quantitative analysis, with calculation of the modulation transfer function, detective quantum efficiency, and contrast-detail analysis; subsequently, the results were compared with those achieved using a screen-film system (SFM; Eastmann Kodak MinR-MinR 2000). A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was then performed on 120 paired clinical images obtained in a craniocaudal projection with the conventional SFM system under standard exposure conditions and also with the CRM system working with a dose reduced by 35% (average breast thickness: 4.3 cm; mean glandular dose: 1.45 mGy). CRM clinical images were interpreted both in hard copy and in soft copy. Results: The ROC analysis revealed that the performances of the two systems (SFM and CRM with reduced dose) were similar (P>0.05): the diagnostic accuracy of the two systems, when valued in terms of the area underneath the ROC curve, was found to be 0.74 for the SFM, 0.78 for the CRM (hard copy), and 0.79 for the CRM (soft copy). Conclusion: The outcome obtained from our experiments shows that the use of the dual-side CRM system is a very good alternative to the screen-film system

  17. Physical and Clinical Comparison between a Screen-Film System and a Dual-Side Reading Mammography-Dedicated Computed Radiography System

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    Background: Digital mammography systems, thanks to a physical performance better than conventional screen-film units, have the potential of reducing the dose to patients, without decreasing the diagnostic accuracy. Purpose: To achieve a physical and clinical comparison between two systems: a screen-film plate and a dual-side computed radiography system (CRM; FUJIFILM FCR 5000 MA). Material and Methods: A unique feature of the FCR 5000 MA system is that it has a clear support medium, allowing light emitted during the scanning process to be detected on the 'back' of the storage phosphor plate, considerably improving the system's efficiency. The system's physical performance was tested by means of a quantitative analysis, with calculation of the modulation transfer function, detective quantum efficiency, and contrast-detail analysis; subsequently, the results were compared with those achieved using a screen-film system (SFM; Eastmann Kodak MinR-MinR 2000). A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was then performed on 120 paired clinical images obtained in a craniocaudal projection with the conventional SFM system under standard exposure conditions and also with the CRM system working with a dose reduced by 35% (average breast thickness: 4.3 cm; mean glandular dose: 1.45 mGy). CRM clinical images were interpreted both in hard copy and in soft copy. Results: The ROC analysis revealed that the performances of the two systems (SFM and CRM with reduced dose) were sems (SFM and CRM with reduced dose) were similar (P>0.05): the diagnostic accuracy of the two systems, when valued in terms of the area underneath the ROC curve, was found to be 0.74 for the SFM, 0.78 for the CRM (hard copy), and 0.79 for the CRM (soft copy). Conclusion: The outcome obtained from our experiments shows that the use of the dual-side CRM system is a very good alternative to the screen-film system

  18. Single Exposure Dual-Energy Digital Radiography

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    This study presents preliminary results of single kVp dual-energy computed radiography using laser stimulable luminescent phosphor imaging plate detectors. The single kVp technique makes use of four of these plates in a single cassette, each plate acting as an X-ray filter to the next so that the energy separation required for the dual energy basis decomposition is achieved. An analysis to determine the best operating technique for the chest is performed using computer simulation, and was fou...

  19. A case of complex odontoma in a horse - clinical signs, radiography, ultrasonography and computer tomography

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    The clinical signs, diagnosis and pathology of an adult horse with a complex odontoma are described. Computer tomography was shown to be a new diagnostic technique with outstanding potential in the investigation of diseases of the equine head

  20. Digital radiography

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    Digital projection radiography may replace conventional radiography some day, provided it can meet several requirements: equal or better diagnostic effectiveness of the screen-film systems; reasonable image cost; real improvement in the productivity of the Departments of Imaging. All digital radiographic systems include an X-ray source, an image acquisition and formatting sub-system, a display and manipulation sub-system, and archiving subsystem and a laser editing system, preferably shared by other sources of digital images. Three digitization processes are available: digitization of the radiographic film, digital fluorography and phospholuminescent detectors with memory. The advantages of digital fluoroscopy are appealing: real-time image acquisition, suppression of cassettes; but its disadvantages are far from negligible: it cannot be applied to bedside radiography, the field of examination is limited, and the wide-field spatial resolution is poor. Phospholuminescent detectors with memory have great advantages: they can be used for bedside radiographs and on all the common radiographic systems; spatial resolution is satisfactory; its current disadvantages are considerable. These two systems, have common properties making up the entire philosophy of digital radiology and specific features that must guide our choice according to the application. Digital fluorography is best applied in pediatric radiology. However, evaluation works have showed that it was applicable wworks have showed that it was applicable with sufficient quality to many indications of general radiology in which a fluoroscopic control and fast acquisition of the images are essential; the time gained on the examination may be considerable, as well as the savings on film. Detectors with memory are required for bedside radiographs, in osteoarticular and thoracic radiology, in all cases of traumatic emergency and in the resuscitation and intensive care departments

  1. Optimization of the radiological protection of patients undergoing radiography, fluoroscopy and computed tomography. Final report of a coordinated research project in Africa, Asia and eastern Europe

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    Although radiography has been an established imaging modality for over a century, continuous developments have led to improvements in technique resulting in improved image quality at reduced patient dose. If one compares the technique used by Roentgen with the methods used today, one finds that a radiograph can now be obtained at a dose which is smaller by a factor of 100 or more. Nonetheless, some national surveys, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America in the 1980s and 1990s, have indicated large variations in patient doses for the same diagnostic examination, in some cases by a factor of 20 or more. This arises not only owing to the various types of equipment and accessories used by the different health care providers, but also because of operational factors. The IAEA has a statutory responsibility to establish standards for the protection of people against exposure to ionising radiation and to provide for the worldwide application of those standards. A fundamental requirement of the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (BSS), issued by the IAEA in cooperation with the FAO, ILO, WHO, PAHO and NEA, is the optimization of radiological protection of patients undergoing medical exposure. Towards its responsibility of implementation of standards and under the subprogramme of radiation safety, in 1995, the IAEA launched a coordinated research project (CRP) on radiological protection in diagnostic radiology in some countries in the Eastern European, African and Asian region. Initially, the CRP addressed radiography only and it covered wide aspects of optimisation of radiological protection. Subsequently, the scope of the CRP was extended to fluoroscopy and computed tomography (CT), but it covered primarily situation analysis of patient doses and equipment quality control. It did not cover patient dose reduction aspects in fluoroscopy and CT. The project continued up to 1999. The primary objective was to initiate a programme of optimization of protection in diagnostic radiology in each of the participating countries by introducing quality control (QC) practices, assessment of patient doses, evaluation of image quality, and identification and implementation of corrective actions. This TECDOC may be used as an approach to optimization of radiological protection for patients in diagnostic radiology

  2. Radiography apparatus

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    The apparatus of the present invention provides radiography apparatus wherein the use of a flat, generally rectangular beam or a fan-shaped beam of radiation in combination with a collimator, scintillator and device for optically coupling a self-scanning array of photodiodes to the scintillator means will permit production of images or image data with high contrast sensitivity and detail. It is contemplated that the self-scanning array of photodiodes may contain from about 60 to 2048, and preferably about 256 to 2048, individual photodiode elements per inch of object width, thereby permitting maximum data collection to produce a complete image or complete collection of image data

  3. Digital radiography

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    The technology of radiography is developing rapidly, both regarding imaging technology and data hardware, and software technology. More and more advanced systems are marketed by the radiological companies. The wide product range makes it difficult to get an overview over principles and components. By closer inspection, however, the number of basic components and technologies is limited. Moreover, the components seem rather well known from other technologies, due to the long times of development in radiology. This report gives a survey of some new principles and components in the video chain. As components may deteriorate or age fast by irradiation, the radiation levels in the chain are evaluated. 13 refs

  4. Mass radiography

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    The relation of expense to benefit of mass radiography (RRU) can no longer be referred to the tuberculosis discovery rate. Far more frequently other thoracic diseases are detected, e.g. tumors, cardiovascular diseases, pneumoconiosis, sarcoidoses, etc. The prerequisite and therefore the immediate objective is the limitation to the defined and detectable group of risks so as to increase the detection rate. In combination with other prophylactic investigations the benefit of RRU can still be increased - it provides a valuable insight into the epidemiology of different social diseases. (orig.)

  5. Digital radiography

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    This publication contains the full texts of nearly all the papers read at the meeting (including illustrations and citations) as well as the summaries of discussions about the individual topics. The subjects of main interest during the congress were the fundamentals and uses of digital radiography (13 contributions); transmission and retrieval systems for digital image data (7 contributions); evaluation and promotion of digital image information (3 contributions); lessening of risks from examinations using contrast media (6 contributions); and work-in-progress reports by manufacturers (8 contributions) and users (4 contributions). (orig.)

  6. Comparison of cone beam computed tomography and conventional panoramic radiography in assessing the topographic relationship between the mandibular canal and impacted third molars

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    To assess the diagnostic accuracy and value in an imaging technique field through the comparison of cone beam computed tomography and conventional panoramic radiography in assessing the topographic relationship between the mandibular canal and impacted third molars. Participants consisted of 100 patients offered the images through cone beam computed tomography and panoramic radiography. PSR-9000TM Dental CT system (Asahi Roentgen Ind. Co., Ltd, Japan) was used as the unit of cone beam computed tomography. CE-II (Asahi Roentgen Ind. Co., Ltd, Japan) and Pro Max (Planmeca Oy, Finland) were used as the unit of panoramic radiography. The images obtained through panoramic radiography were classified into 3 types according to the distance between mandibular canal and root of mandibular third molar. And they were classified into 4 types according to the proximity of radiographic feature. The images obtained through cone beam computed tomography based on the classification above were classified into 4 types according to the location between the mandibular canal and the root and were analyzed. And they were classified into buccal, inferior, lingual, and between roots, according to the location between mandibular canal and root. The data were statistically analyzed and estimated by x2-test. 1. There was no statistical significance according to 3 types (type I, type II, type III) through CBCT. 2. The results of 4 types (type A, type B, type C, type D) through CBCT were as high pype C, type D) through CBCT were as high prevalence of CBCT 1 in type A, CBCT 2 in type B, CBCT 3 in type C, and CBCT1 in type D and those of which showed statistical significance (P value=0.03). 3. The results according to location between mandibular canal and root through CBCT recorded each 49, 25, 17, 9 as buccal, inferior, lingual, between roots. When estimating the mandibular canal and the roots through the panoramic radiography, it could be difficult to drive the views of which this estimation was considerable. Thus it is required to have an accurate diagnostic approaching through CBCT that could estimate the location between mandibular canal and roots.

  7. Digital and analogue industrial radiography, application fields

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    Full text: Reusable phosphor screens for computer radiography (CR), amorphous selenium screens for direct radiography (DR), film digitalisation (FD) constitute imaging methods accepted by industry and are used for non-destructive radiographic testing (RT). Economic pressures are involving and affecting digital RT technology. Standards and codes for film radiography and radioscopy qualification do no longer cover the wide range of digital RT applications. It will be our task to optimise the performance of digital RT characterisation and to create appropriate examination methods to use all these new and existent technologies. In the meantime, an increasing automation and control of manual methods of analogue radiography can as well be expected. (author)

  8. Comparison of Computed Tomography and Chest Radiography in the Detection of Rib Fractures in Abused Infants

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    Wootton-Gorges, Sandra L.; Stein-Wexler, Rebecca; Walton, John W.; Rosas, Angela J.; Coulter, Kevin P.; Rogers, Kristen K.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: Chest radiographs (CXR) are the standard method for evaluating rib fractures in abused infants. Computed tomography (CT) is a sensitive method to detect rib fractures. The purpose of this study was to compare CT and CXR in the evaluation of rib fractures in abused infants. Methods: This retrospective study included all 12 abused infants…

  9. Comparison of visual grading analysis and determination of detective quantum efficiency for evaluating system performance in digital chest radiography

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    A study was conducted to compare physical and clinical system performance in digital chest radiography. Four digital X-ray modalities, two storage-phosphor based systems and two generations of a CCD-based system, were evaluated in terms of both their imaging properties (determination of presampling MTF and DQE) and clinical image quality (grading of the reproduction of anatomical details of 23 healthy volunteers using both absolute and relative visual grading analysis). One of the two storage-phosphor systems performed best in both evaluations and the first generation of the CCD-based system was rated worst; however, the other two systems were ranked differently with the two methods. The newest CCD-based system yielded a higher clinical image quality than the second storage-phosphor system, although the latter presented a DQE substantially higher than the former. The results show that clinical performance cannot be predicted from determinations of DQE alone, and that a system with lower DQE, under the quantum-saturated conditions in chest radiography, can outperform a system with higher DQE if the image processing used on the former is more effective in presenting the information in the image to the radiologist. (orig.)

  10. Analysis of Proton Radiography Images of Shock Melted/Damaged Tin

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    Makaruk, Hanna; Holtkamp, David B; Hayes, Tiffany; Aubrey, Joysree

    2007-01-01

    Tin coupons were shock damaged/melted under identical conditions with a diverging high explosive shock wave. Proton Radiography images and velocimetry data from experiments with seven different tin coupons of varying thickness are analyzed. Comparing experiments with identical samples allowed us to distinguish between repeatable and random features. Shapes and velocities of the main fragments are deterministic functions of the coupon thickness; random differences exist only at a small scale. Velocities of the leading layer and of the main fragment differ by the same value independently of coupon thicknesses, which is likely related to the separation energy of metal layers.

  11. Performance evaluation of a computed radiography imaging device using a typical "front side" and novel "dual side" readout storage phosphors.

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    Fetterly, Kenneth A; Schueler, Beth A

    2006-02-01

    The Fourier-space modulation transfer function (MTF), normalized noise power spectrum (nNPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) of a computed radiography (CR) x-ray imaging device were measured. Two different storage phosphor screens were used in conjunction with a single CR reader (Fuji, Clearview, CS). One of the storage phosphor plates (ST-BD) had a clear backing material which allowed "dual side read" of the latent image from both the "front" and "back" sides of the phosphor. The other phosphor plate had a light occluding backing material, limiting the readout to front side only (ST-VI). The standard RQA-5 beam quality was used. The MTF was measured using a 1 mm thick tungsten edge device. Compared to the ST-55BD phosphor, the ST-VI phosphor was found to have modestly higher MTF at all spatial frequencies. The nNPS(f) and DQE(f) were measured for nominal incident exposure levels ranging from 0.1 to 10 mR. The dual side read phosphor demonstrated superior DQE, especially at low spatial frequencies. At the frequency 0.5 cycles/mm, the DQE values for the 1 mR exposure were 0.36 and 0.21 for the ST-55BD and ST-VI phosphor plates, respectively. The differences between the spatial-frequency dependent DQE of the two plates can be attributed to the increased signal collection efficiency of the dual side read plates and differences in storage phosphor structure noise. PMID:16532933

  12. Radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging at 0.5 Tesla of mechanically induced osteoarthritis in rabbit knees

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    In the present experimental study we assessed induced osteoarthritis data in rabbits, compared three diagnostic methods, i.e., radiography (XR), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and correlated the imaging findings with those obtained by macroscopic evaluation. Ten young female rabbits of the Norfolk breed were used. Seven rabbits had the right knee immobilized in extension for a period of 12 weeks (immobilized group), and three others did not have a limb immobilized and were maintained under the same conditions (control group). Alterations observed by XR, CT and MRI after the period of immobilization were osteophytes, osteochondral lesions, increase and decrease of joint space, all of them present both in the immobilized and non-immobilized contralateral limbs. However, a significantly higher score was obtained for the immobilized limbs (XT: P = 0.016, CT: P 0.031, MRI: P = 0.0156). All imaging methods were able to detect osteoarthritis changes after the 12 weeks of immobilization. Macroscopic evaluation identified increased thickening of joint capsule, proliferative and connective tissue in the femoropatellar joint, and irregularities of articular cartilage, especially in immobilized knees. The differences among XR, CT and MRI were not statistically significant for the immobilized knees. However, MRI using a 0.5 Tesla scanner was statistically different from CT and XR for the non-immobilized contralateral knees. We conclude that the threralateral knees. We conclude that the three methods detected osteoarthritis lesions in rabbit knees, but MRI was less sensitive than XR and CT in detecting lesions compatible with initial osteoarthritis. Since none of the techniques revealed all the lesions, it is important to use all methods to establish an accurate diagnosis. (author)

  13. Radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging at 0.5 Tesla of mechanically inducedosteoarthritis in rabbit knees

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present experimental study we assessed induced osteoarthritis data in rabbits, compared three diagnostic methods, i.e., radiography (XR, computed tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, and correlated the imaging findings with those obtained by macroscopic evaluation. Ten young female rabbits of the Norfolk breed were used. Seven rabbits had the right knee immobilized in extension for a period of 12 weeks (immobilized group, and three others did not have a limb immobilized and were maintained under the same conditions (control group. Alterations observed by XR, CT and MRI after the period of immobilization were osteophytes, osteochondral lesions, increase and decrease of joint space, all of them present both in the immobilized and non-immobilized contralateral limbs. However, a significantly higher score was obtained for the immobilized limbs (XT: P = 0.016, CT: P = 0.031, MRI: P = 0.0156. All imaging methods were able to detect osteoarthritis changes after the 12 weeks of immobilization. Macroscopic evaluation identified increased thickening of joint capsule, proliferative and connective tissue in the femoropatellar joint, and irregularities of articular cartilage, especially in immobilized knees. The differences among XR, CT and MRI were not statistically significant for the immobilized knees. However, MRI using a 0.5 Tesla scanner was statistically different from CT and XR for the non-immobilized contralateral knees. We conclude that the three methods detected osteoarthritis lesions in rabbit knees, but MRI was less sensitive than XR and CT in detecting lesions compatible with initial osteoarthritis. Since none of the techniques revealed all the lesions, it is important to use all methods to establish an accurate diagnosis.

  14. Radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging at 0.5 Tesla of mechanically inducedosteoarthritis in rabbit knees

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    S.R., Torelli; S.C., Rahal; R.S., Volpi; S., Yamashita; M.J., Mamprim; A.J., Crocci.

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available In the present experimental study we assessed induced osteoarthritis data in rabbits, compared three diagnostic methods, i.e., radiography (XR), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and correlated the imaging findings with those obtained by macroscopic evaluation. Ten young [...] female rabbits of the Norfolk breed were used. Seven rabbits had the right knee immobilized in extension for a period of 12 weeks (immobilized group), and three others did not have a limb immobilized and were maintained under the same conditions (control group). Alterations observed by XR, CT and MRI after the period of immobilization were osteophytes, osteochondral lesions, increase and decrease of joint space, all of them present both in the immobilized and non-immobilized contralateral limbs. However, a significantly higher score was obtained for the immobilized limbs (XT: P = 0.016, CT: P = 0.031, MRI: P = 0.0156). All imaging methods were able to detect osteoarthritis changes after the 12 weeks of immobilization. Macroscopic evaluation identified increased thickening of joint capsule, proliferative and connective tissue in the femoropatellar joint, and irregularities of articular cartilage, especially in immobilized knees. The differences among XR, CT and MRI were not statistically significant for the immobilized knees. However, MRI using a 0.5 Tesla scanner was statistically different from CT and XR for the non-immobilized contralateral knees. We conclude that the three methods detected osteoarthritis lesions in rabbit knees, but MRI was less sensitive than XR and CT in detecting lesions compatible with initial osteoarthritis. Since none of the techniques revealed all the lesions, it is important to use all methods to establish an accurate diagnosis.

  15. Radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging at 0.5 Tesla of mechanically induced osteoarthritis in rabbit knees

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    Torelli, S.R. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia. Programa de Pos-graduacao em Medicina Veterinaria; Rahal, R.S. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia. Dept. de Cirurgia e Anestesiologia Veterinaria]. E-mail: sheilacr@fmvz.unesp.br; Volpi, R.S. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Cirurgia e Ortopedia; Yamashita, S. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Doencas Tropicais e Diagnostico por Imagens; Mamprim, M.J. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia. Dept. de Reproducao Animal e Radiologia; Crocci, A.J. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Biociencias. Dept. de Bioestatistica

    2004-04-01

    In the present experimental study we assessed induced osteoarthritis data in rabbits, compared three diagnostic methods, i.e., radiography (XR), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and correlated the imaging findings with those obtained by macroscopic evaluation. Ten young female rabbits of the Norfolk breed were used. Seven rabbits had the right knee immobilized in extension for a period of 12 weeks (immobilized group), and three others did not have a limb immobilized and were maintained under the same conditions (control group). Alterations observed by XR, CT and MRI after the period of immobilization were osteophytes, osteochondral lesions, increase and decrease of joint space, all of them present both in the immobilized and non-immobilized contralateral limbs. However, a significantly higher score was obtained for the immobilized limbs (XT: P = 0.016, CT: P 0.031, MRI: P = 0.0156). All imaging methods were able to detect osteoarthritis changes after the 12 weeks of immobilization. Macroscopic evaluation identified increased thickening of joint capsule, proliferative and connective tissue in the femoropatellar joint, and irregularities of articular cartilage, especially in immobilized knees. The differences among XR, CT and MRI were not statistically significant for the immobilized knees. However, MRI using a 0.5 Tesla scanner was statistically different from CT and XR for the non-immobilized contralateral knees. We conclude that the three methods detected osteoarthritis lesions in rabbit knees, but MRI was less sensitive than XR and CT in detecting lesions compatible with initial osteoarthritis. Since none of the techniques revealed all the lesions, it is important to use all methods to establish an accurate diagnosis. (author)

  16. Characterization of noise sources for two generations of computed radiography systems using powder and crystalline photostimulable phosphors

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    The performances of two generations of computed radiography (CR) were tested and compared in terms of resolution and noise characteristics. The main aim was to characterize and quantify the noise sources in the images. The systems tested were (1) Agfa CR 25.0, a flying spot reader with powder phosphor image plates (MD 40.0); and (2) the Agfa DX-S, a line-scanning CR reader with needle crystal phosphor image plates (HD 5.0). For both systems, the standard metrics of presampled modulation transfer function (MTF), normalized noise power spectra (NNPS) and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) were measured using standard radiation quality RQA5 as defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The various noise sources contributing to the NNPS were separated by using knowledge of their relationship with air kerma, MTF, absorption efficiency and antialiasing filters. The DX-S MTF was superior compared with the CR 25.0. The maximum difference in MTF between the DX-S scan and CR 25.0 subscan directions was 0.13 at 1.3 mm-1. For a nominal detector air kerma of 4 ?Gy, the peak DQE of the DX-S was 43(±3)%, which was over double that of the CR 25.0 of 18(±2)%. The additive electronic noise was negligible on the CR 25.0 but calculated to be constant 3.4x10-7 (±0.4x10-7) mm2 at 3.9 ?Gy on the DX-S. The DX-S has improved image quality compared with a traditional flying spot reader. The separation of the noise sources indicatearation of the noise sources indicates that the improvements in DQE of the DX-S are due not only to the higher quantum, efficiency and MTF, but also the lower structure, secondary quantum, and excess noise

  17. Evaluation of contrast dose reduction for excretory urography using computed radiography

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    Sixty sequential patients were randomly assigned to undergo computed urography with either our full (282 mg I/kg body weight) or half our usual dose (141 mg I/kg body weight) of intraveneous 60% diatrizoate meglumine. Three blinded observers judged automatically post-processed full dose tomograms and KUBs as qualitatively superior to both automatically post-processed and individually, interactively post-processed half dose images. Thus, post-acquisition image manipulation could not fully compensate for diminished image quality due to contrast dose reduction. (orig./HP).

  18. Application of neutron radiography and tomography for analysis of root morphology of growing ginseng

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    Kim, Hyun Ho; Sung, Bong Jae; Park, Jong Yoon [Geumsan Agricultural Development and Technology Center, Geumsan (Korea, Republic of); Sim, Cheul Muu; Kim, Young Jin; Lee, Seung Wook [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-01

    The shape of main root of ginseng is very important for its commercial value. The morphology of main root is predominantly determined by the root-growing pattern in one year after transplantation of ginseng seedling(one years root). There are many factors affecting the root growing of young ginseng but no systematic approach has been applied to find the effects of various factors. The main reason for this was no method was sought to see the root shapes non-destructively. Neutron radiography is thought to be an appropriate NDT method for root morphology examination in ginseng and a study on using NR for the research on ginseng is being conducted. Considering that the live plants should be moved to the reactor site for their examination of four or five times per year at least, the pot growing method is indispensable. The pot should contain enough soils for growing-up of ginseng and its maximum size is limited to have good contrast in neutron radiography image of ginseng root. Thus, a preliminary radiographic study was performed to find the proper size of ginseng pot using the NR facility of HANARO. Several pots will be prepared for young ginsengs and they will be examined for about one year.

  19. Application of neutron radiography and tomography for analysis of root morphology of growing ginseng

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    The shape of main root of ginseng is very important for its commercial value. The morphology of main root is predominantly determined by the root-growing pattern in one year after transplantation of ginseng seedling(one years root). There are many factors affecting the root growing of young ginseng but no systematic approach has been applied to find the effects of various factors. The main reason for this was no method was sought to see the root shapes non-destructively. Neutron radiography is thought to be an appropriate NDT method for root morphology examination in ginseng and a study on using NR for the research on ginseng is being conducted. Considering that the live plants should be moved to the reactor site for their examination of four or five times per year at least, the pot growing method is indispensable. The pot should contain enough soils for growing-up of ginseng and its maximum size is limited to have good contrast in neutron radiography image of ginseng root. Thus, a preliminary radiographic study was performed to find the proper size of ginseng pot using the NR facility of HANARO. Several pots will be prepared for young ginsengs and they will be examined for about one year

  20. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a comparative evaluation of computed tomography with plain chest radiography

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    Computed tomography (CT) was done in 15 consecutive patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). When compared with chest X-ray, CT was found to be superior in the diagnosis of bronchiectasis in patients with ABPA. Of the 90 lobes studied, CT detected bronchiectasis in 57 lobes and plain chest X-ray in 44 lobes. In addition to central bronchiectasis, peripheral bronchiectasis was diagnosed with CT in 18 of the 57 lobes. Follow-up CT was done in two patients after treatment for detection of progression or regression of bronchiectatic lesions. One patient showed radiological as well as clinical improvement, with a recurrence of symptoms 4 months after stopping treatment. Computed tomography showed radiological progression of bronchiectasis and the patient was successfully treated with corticosteroids (thus preventing further bronchial damage). It is concluded from this study that CT is superior to plain chest X-ray in the diagnosis of bronchiectasis in patients with ABPA. Being non-invasive, it is also helpful in monitoring the course of bronchiectasis in these patients. 12 refs., 3 tabs., 12 figs

  1. The teaching of computer programming and digital image processing in radiography.

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    Allan, G L; Zylinski, J

    1998-06-01

    The increased use of digital processing techniques in Medical Radiations imaging modalities, along with the rapid advance in information technology has resulted in a significant change in the delivery of radiographic teaching programs. This paper details a methodology used to concurrently educate radiographers in both computer programming and image processing. The students learn to program in visual basic applications (VBA), and the programming skills are contextualised by requiring the students to write a digital subtraction angiography (DSA) package. Program code generation and image presentation interface is undertaken by the spreadsheet Microsoft Excel. The user-friendly nature of this common interface enables all students to readily begin program creation. The teaching of programming and image processing skills by this method may be readily generalised to other vocational fields where digital image manipulation is a professional requirement. PMID:9726504

  2. Dual-energy Computer Tomography and Digital Radiography Applications in Non-destructive Control of Materials

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    A multi-purpose home-made dual energy computer have been used to investigate a great diversity of object of scientific interest such as polymers containing variable proportion of fluor and sulfur, fragments of wood, sedimentary cores, as well as various rocks. By using a dedicated version of filtered back-projection algorithm as well as a set of standard samples it was possible to determine both density and effective atomic number distribution over any section (planar or volumic) of investigated objects. In all cases, the maximum precision in determining the local density was about 3.5 % while effective atomic numbers were calculated with an accuracy of 2%. At the same time, the spatial resolution of reconstructed tomographies was about 0.5 mm, while the analyses of images histograms allowed a better quantitative characterization of their internal composition

  3. Proton radiography in plasma

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    Generation of high intensity and well collimated multi-energetic proton beams from laser-matter interaction extends the possibility to use protons as a diagnostic tool to image imploding target in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) experiments. Due to the very large mass densities reached during implosion, protons traveling through the target undergo a very large number of collisions. Therefore the analysis of experimentally obtained proton images requires care and accurate numerical simulations using both hydrodynamic and Monte Carlo codes. The impact of multiple scattering needs to be carefully considered by taking into account the exact stopping power for dense matter and for the underdense plasma corona. In our paper, density, temperature and ionization degree profiles of the imploding target are obtained by 2D hydrodynamic simulations performed using CHIC code. Proton radiography images are simulated using the Monte Carlo code (MCNPX; adapted to correctly describe multiple scattering and plasma stopping power) in order to reconstruct the complete hydrodynamic history of the imploding target. Finally we develop a simple analytical model to study the performance of proton radiography as a function of initial experimental parameters, and identify two different regimes for proton radiography in ICF.

  4. Particle Beam Radiography

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    Peach, Ken; Ekdahl, Carl

    2014-02-01

    Particle beam radiography, which uses a variety of particle probes (neutrons, protons, electrons, gammas and potentially other particles) to study the structure of materials and objects noninvasively, is reviewed, largely from an accelerator perspective, although the use of cosmic rays (mainly muons but potentially also high-energy neutrinos) is briefly reviewed. Tomography is a form of radiography which uses multiple views to reconstruct a three-dimensional density map of an object. There is a very wide range of applications of radiography and tomography, from medicine to engineering and security, and advances in instrumentation, specifically the development of electronic detectors, allow rapid analysis of the resultant radiographs. Flash radiography is a diagnostic technique for large high-explosive-driven hydrodynamic experiments that is used at many laboratories. The bremsstrahlung radiation pulse from an intense relativistic electron beam incident onto a high-Z target is the source of these radiographs. The challenge is to provide radiation sources intense enough to penetrate hundreds of g/cm2 of material, in pulses short enough to stop the motion of high-speed hydrodynamic shocks, and with source spots small enough to resolve fine details. The challenge has been met with a wide variety of accelerator technologies, including pulsed-power-driven diodes, air-core pulsed betatrons and high-current linear induction accelerators. Accelerator technology has also evolved to accommodate the experimenters' continuing quest for multiple images in time and space. Linear induction accelerators have had a major role in these advances, especially in providing multiple-time radiographs of the largest hydrodynamic experiments.

  5. High-resolution computed tomography in silicosis: correlation with chest radiography and pulmonary function tests

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    Objective: To correlate tomographic findings with pulmonary function findings, as well as to compare chest X-ray findings with high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings, in patients with silicosis. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 44 non-smoking patients without a history of tuberculosis. Chest X-ray findings were classified according to the International Labour Organization recommendations. Using a semiquantitative system, the following HRCT findings were measured: the full extent of pulmonary involvement; parenchymal opacities; and emphysema. Spirometry and forced oscillation were performed. Pulmonary volumes were evaluated using the helium dilution method, and diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide was assessed. Results: Of the 44 patients studied, 41 were male. The mean age was 48.4 years. There were 4 patients who were classified as category 0 based on X-ray findings and as category 1 based on HRCT findings. Using HRCT scans, we identified progressive massive fibrosis in 33 patients, compared with only 23 patients when X-rays were used. Opacity score was found to correlate most closely with airflow, DLCO and compliance. Emphysema score correlated inversely with volume, DLCO and airflow. In this sample of patients presenting a predominance of large opacities (75% of the individuals), the deterioration of pulmonary function was associated with the extent of structural changes. Conclusions: In the early detection of silicosis aons: In the early detection of silicosis and the identification of progressive massive fibrosis, HRCT scans are superior to X-rays. (author)

  6. Pulmonary infections in the late period after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation: chest radiography versus computed tomography

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    Schueller, Gerd [Department of Radiology, University Hospital Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20/7F, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)]. E-mail: gerd.schueller@univie.ac.at; Matzek, Wolfgang [Department of Radiology, University Hospital Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20/7F, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Kalhs, Peter [Department of Internal Medicine I, University of Vienna Medical School (Austria); Schaefer-Prokop, Cornelia [Department of Radiology, University Hospital Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20/7F, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2005-03-01

    Purpose: To analyze the capabilities of chest roentgenogram (CXR) and computed tomography (CT) in the evaluation of pulmonary infectious disease in the late period (>100 days) after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Methods: Ninety-four matched CXR and CT examinations were performed for clinical suspicion of infectious lung disease. The time gap between CXR and CT was 48 h at maximum. The image pairs were correlated with the patients' clinical course and with the results of diagnostic bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). An unremarkable clinical course over the subsequent seven days after imaging and/or negative microbiological culture served as the basis for excluding infectious lung disease. Positive microbiological culture and/or improvement of symptoms after antibiotic therapy were considered as evidence of infectious disease. Results: The correlation with the clinical course and/or BAL revealed a significantly higher sensitivity, negative predictive value, and accuracy for CT than for CXR (89% versus 58%, P < 0.0001; 78% versus 47%, P < 0.0001; 90% versus 68%, P < 0.0001, respectively). CT was significantly more diagnostic in BAL verified fungal and bacterial infections (P < 0.05). Conclusion: CT is significantly superior to CXR in the evaluation of infectious pulmonary disease in the late phase after BMT. Therefore, an unremarkable CXR should be followed by a CT scan to reliably detect or to accurately exclude early pulmonary infection in these patients.

  7. High-resolution computed tomography in silicosis: correlation with chest radiography and pulmonary function tests

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    Lopes, Agnaldo Jose [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Pedro Ernesto Univ. Hospital. Dept. of Respiratory Function]. E-mail: phel.lop@uol.com.br; Mogami, Roberto; Capone, Domenico; Jansen, Jose Manoel [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). School of Medical Sciences; Tessarollo, Bernardo [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Dept. of Radiology and Diagnostic Image; Melo, Pedro Lopes de [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. of Biology

    2008-05-15

    Objective: To correlate tomographic findings with pulmonary function findings, as well as to compare chest X-ray findings with high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings, in patients with silicosis. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 44 non-smoking patients without a history of tuberculosis. Chest X-ray findings were classified according to the International Labour Organization recommendations. Using a semiquantitative system, the following HRCT findings were measured: the full extent of pulmonary involvement; parenchymal opacities; and emphysema. Spirometry and forced oscillation were performed. Pulmonary volumes were evaluated using the helium dilution method, and diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide was assessed. Results: Of the 44 patients studied, 41 were male. The mean age was 48.4 years. There were 4 patients who were classified as category 0 based on X-ray findings and as category 1 based on HRCT findings. Using HRCT scans, we identified progressive massive fibrosis in 33 patients, compared with only 23 patients when X-rays were used. Opacity score was found to correlate most closely with airflow, DLCO and compliance. Emphysema score correlated inversely with volume, DLCO and airflow. In this sample of patients presenting a predominance of large opacities (75% of the individuals), the deterioration of pulmonary function was associated with the extent of structural changes. Conclusions: In the early detection of silicosis and the identification of progressive massive fibrosis, HRCT scans are superior to X-rays. (author)

  8. Pulmonary infections in the late period after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation: chest radiography versus computed tomography

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    Purpose: To analyze the capabilities of chest roentgenogram (CXR) and computed tomography (CT) in the evaluation of pulmonary infectious disease in the late period (>100 days) after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Methods: Ninety-four matched CXR and CT examinations were performed for clinical suspicion of infectious lung disease. The time gap between CXR and CT was 48 h at maximum. The image pairs were correlated with the patients' clinical course and with the results of diagnostic bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). An unremarkable clinical course over the subsequent seven days after imaging and/or negative microbiological culture served as the basis for excluding infectious lung disease. Positive microbiological culture and/or improvement of symptoms after antibiotic therapy were considered as evidence of infectious disease. Results: The correlation with the clinical course and/or BAL revealed a significantly higher sensitivity, negative predictive value, and accuracy for CT than for CXR (89% versus 58%, P < 0.0001; 78% versus 47%, P < 0.0001; 90% versus 68%, P < 0.0001, respectively). CT was significantly more diagnostic in BAL verified fungal and bacterial infections (P < 0.05). Conclusion: CT is significantly superior to CXR in the evaluation of infectious pulmonary disease in the late phase after BMT. Therefore, an unremarkable CXR should be followed by a CT scan to reliably detect or to accurately exclude early pulmonary infection in these patients pulmonary infection in these patients

  9. Measurement of water distribution by using neutron radiography and network analysis of gas-velocity distributions in a PEFC

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    Fuel gas (hydrogen gas) and oxidant gas (air) are supplied to a Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC). Condensation may occur in the cathode side, since air is super-saturated by the fuel cell reactions. If condensed water exists in a gas diffusion layer (GDL) or the gas channels, it may affect the fuel cell performances because of blocking the oxygen from reaching the cathode reaction site. In order to clarify water effects on performances of a PEFC, visualization and quantitative measurements of water distributions in a PEFC were carried out by means of neutron radiography. A network analysis of gas-velocity distribution was applied for the experimental results. It analyzes the gas-velocity distribution depending on the flow resistance which is the pressure drop. Applying the measured data of water thickness, pressure drop in the gas channel and the GDL can be obtained. (author)

  10. Computed vs. conventional radiography for detecting fatigue cracks in riveted lap joints of aeronautical grade hybrid fiber-metal laminate Glare

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    This study aimed at assessing the capability of three different radiographic approaches (two computed or digital, and one conventional or analogous) for imaging fatigue cracks in riveted lap joints of composite fiber-metal laminate Glare. These structural joints are unique in the sense that fatigue cracks develop mainly at the faying surfaces of Glare sheets, so that visual detection is largely prevented and nondestructive inspection becomes mandatory. For this purpose, a round-robin programme comprising several industrial and research centers that employ X-ray radiography routinely to inspect high-demanding equipments, components and structures was conducted. (authors)

  11. analysis of water migration in porous construction materials using neutron and gamma radiography

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    let US summarize the most important achievements and conclusions of the thesis: - the conditions necessary for optimization of the neutron radiography investigation of the process of water migration in several porous technical materials and for limiting the image-degrading impact of scattered neutrons have been established. optimal object-screen distance has been experimentally determined to be about 2 cm (chapter 4). the effective macroscopic cross section of neutron attenuation by water has been confirmed to be 3.34 +0.01 cm-1 in accord with earlier experimental findings.- first steps of implementation the monte Carlo simulation of the neutron scattering in systems investigated have been done-the msn algorithm has been elaborated and verified . the monte Carlo simulation of the neutron interaction process with the simulated water plates and water step-wedge was carried out to provide a qualitative understanding of the experimental data

  12. Neutron radiography at the HFR Petten

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    This report contains the five papers on neutron radiography activities at the Petten High Flux Reactor (HFR) presented at the Third World Conference on Neutron Radiography which was held in May 1989 in Osaka, Japan. In addition, a survey on neutron radiography in Europe for industry and research as presented at the SITEF NDT symposium 1989 on European Advances in Non-Destructive Testing, held in Toulouse/France in October 1989 is included. The papers compiled here are concerned with: the neutron radiography services available in Petten; the experience with and applications of neutron radiography at Petten; image evaluation and analysis techniques at Petten; the practical utilization of nitrocellulose film in neutron radiography in Europe; an introduction into the basic principles of neutron radiography; an overview of the neutron radiography facilities in Europe for industry and research; and a survey of typical applications of neutron radiography in industry, research and sciences. It is the intention of this compilation to provide a comprehensive overview of the present Petten activities and European facilities in this young and promising field of non-destructive testing of materials and components from the nuclear and the non-nuclear industries and research organizations, and from the sciences

  13. Neutron radiography imaging of hydrogen containing materials

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    This work was performed at the dynamic neutron radiography station at the 10MW Budapest research reactor within the framework of the IAEA Co-ordinated Research Programme on ''Bulk Hydrogen Analysis, using Neutrons''. Neutron radiography has been successfully applied in various fields of hydrogen containing materials

  14. Portable digital electronic radiography system

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    Radiography is a standard nondestructive technique in the industrial testing of materials and components. It is routinely used during the construction, maintenance and repair of nuclear plants. Traditionally, radiography is performed using photographic film (film radiography, FR). Recent developments in solid-state area imaging radiation detectors, miniature electronics and computer software/hardware techniques have brought electronic alternatives to FR. In recent years various electronic radiography (ER) techniques have served as alternatives to FR, these proved beneficial in some applications. While originally developed to provide real time imaging, ER may offer other advantages over FR, depending on the application. Work was undertaken at CRL to review progress in ER techniques and evaluate the possibility of constructing a portable DER (digital electronic radiography) system, for the inspection of power plant components. A suitable DER technique has been developed and a proof of principle portable system constructed. As this paper demonstrates, a properly designed ER system can be small and compact, while providing radiographic examination with acceptable image quality and the benefits of ER imaging. The CRL DER system can operate with radioactive sources typical of FR. While it does not replace FR, our DER system is expected to be beneficial in specific applications for Candu maintenance, reducing cost, labour and time. Practical, cost saving applications of this system are expected to include valve monitoring and foreign object location during maintenance at Candu reactors

  15. Industrial radiographies

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    The Radiation Protection group wishes to remind CERN staff responsible for contractors performing X-ray inspections on the CERN sites that the firms must apply the legislation in force in their country of origin, in particular with regard to the prevention of risks relating to ionizing radiation. Industrial radiography firms called on to work on the CERN sites must also comply with the rules laid down in CERN's Radiation Safety Manual and be registered in the relevant CERN database. Since CERN is responsible for safety on its own site, a number of additional rules have been laid down for this kind of work, as set out in Radiation Protection Procedure PRP30 https://edms.cern.ch/file/346848/LAST_RELEASED/PRP30.pdf The CERN Staff Member responsible for the contract shall register the company and issue notification that an X-ray inspection is to be performed via the web interface at the following address: http://cern.ch/rp-radio

  16. Computer Based Power analysis

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    The aim of this Computer based Power Analysis has focused at building a compact scheme for monitoring the parameters and to protect the generator by replacing the relays into various transducers and are interfaced with the Personal Computer (PC) and the generator protection is implemented by means of a single computer using the time sharing scheme. In Thermal power plants various inter locks and protections are used for safeguarding generator, boiler, turbine, coal feeders etc., Hard-wired...

  17. Cross-sectional void fraction distribution measurements in a vertical annulus two-phase flow by high speed X-ray computed tomography and real-time neutron radiography techniques

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    Harvel, G.D. [McMaster Univ., Ontario (Canada)]|[Combustion and Heat Transfer Lab., Takasago (Japan); Hori, K.; Kawanishi, K. [Combustion and Heat Transfer Lab., Takasago (Japan)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    A Real-Time Neutron Radiography (RTNR) system and a high speed X-ray Computed tomography (X-CT) system are compared for measurement of two-phase flow. Each system is used to determine the flow regime, and the void fraction distribution in a vertical annulus flow channel. A standard optical video system is also used to observe the flow regime. The annulus flow channel is operated as a bubble column and measurements obtained for gas flow rates from 0.0 to 30.01/min. The flow regimes observed by all three measurement systems through image analysis shows that the two-dimensional void fraction distribution can be obtained. The X-CT system is shown to have a superior temporal resolution capable of resolving the void fraction distribution in an (r,{theta}) plane in 33.0 ms. Void fraction distribution for bubbly flow and slug flow is determined.

  18. Cross-sectional void fraction distribution measurements in a vertical annulus two-phase flow by high speed X-ray computed tomography and real-time neutron radiography techniques

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    A Real-Time Neutron Radiography (RTNR) system and a high speed X-ray Computed tomography (X-CT) system are compared for measurement of two-phase flow. Each system is used to determine the flow regime, and the void fraction distribution in a vertical annulus flow channel. A standard optical video system is also used to observe the flow regime. The annulus flow channel is operated as a bubble column and measurements obtained for gas flow rates from 0.0 to 30.01/min. The flow regimes observed by all three measurement systems through image analysis shows that the two-dimensional void fraction distribution can be obtained. The X-CT system is shown to have a superior temporal resolution capable of resolving the void fraction distribution in an (r,?) plane in 33.0 ms. Void fraction distribution for bubbly flow and slug flow is determined

  19. Morphology of the Pelvis and Hind Limb of the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) Evidenced by Gross Osteology, Radiography and Computed Tomography.

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    Makungu, M; du Plessis, W M; Groenewald, H B; Barrows, M; Koeppel, K N

    2014-10-13

    The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is a quadrupedal arboreal animal primarily distributed in the Himalayas and southern China. It is a species commonly kept in zoological collections. This study was carried out to describe the morphology of the pelvis and hind limb of the red panda evidenced by gross osteology, radiography and computed tomography as a reference for clinical use and identification of skeletons. Radiography of the pelvis and right hind limb was performed in nine and seven animals, respectively. Radiographic findings were correlated with bone specimens from three adult animals. Computed tomography of the torso and hind limb was performed in one animal. The pelvic bone had a wide ventromedial surface of the ilium. The trochlea of the femur was wide and shallow. The patella was similar to that seen in feline species. The medial fabella was not seen radiographically in any animal. The cochlea grooves of the tibia were shallow with a poorly defined intermediate ridge. The trochlea of the talus was shallow and presented with an almost flattened medial ridge. The tarsal sesamoid bone was always present. The lateral process of the base of the fifth metatarsal (MT) bone was directed laterally. The MT bones were widely spaced. The morphology of the pelvis and hind limb of the red panda indicated flexibility of the pelvis and hind limb joints as an adaptation to an arboreal quadrupedal lifestyle. PMID:25308447

  20. Computed tomography scout views vs. conventional radiography in body-packers – Delineation of body-packs and radiation dose in a porcine model

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    Objective: To compare abdominal computed tomography (CT) scout views with conventional radiography regarding radiation dose and delineation of drug packages in a porcine body-packer model. Materials and methods: Nine samples of illicit drugs packed in ovoid plastic containers were consecutively placed in the rectum of a 121.5 kg pig cadaver. Antero-posterior and lateral scout views were obtained at 120 kVp and 80 mA, 150 mA and 200 mA, respectively, using a 64-row MDCT. Scout views were compared with conventional abdominal antero-posterior radiographs (77 kV and 106 ± 13 mAs). Visibility of three body pack characteristics (wrapping, content, shape) was rated independently by two radiologists and summarized to a delineation score ranging from 0 to 9 with a score ?6 representing sufficient delineation. Mean delineation scores were calculated for each conventional radiography and single plane scout view separately and for a combined rating of antero-posterior and lateral scout views. Results: Even the lowest single plane scout view delineation score (5.3 ± 2.0 for 80 mA lateral; 0.4 mSv; sensitivity = 44%) was significantly higher than for conventional radiographs (3.1 ± 2.5, p < 0.001; 2.4 ± 0.3 mSv; sensitivity = 11%). Combined reading of antero-posterior and lateral scout views 80 mA yielded sufficient delineation (6.2 ± 1.4; 0.8 mSv; sensitivity = 56%). Conclusions: All CT scout views showed significantly better delineation ratings and sensitivity than conventional radiographs. Scout views in two planes at 80 mA provided a sufficient level of delineation and a sensitivity five times higher than conventional radiography at less than one third of the radiation dose. In case of diagnostic insecurity, CT can be performed without additional logistical effort.

  1. Computed tomography scout views vs. conventional radiography in body-packers – Delineation of body-packs and radiation dose in a porcine model

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    Ziegeler, Edvard, E-mail: edvard.ziegeler@campus.lmu.de [Institute for Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Grimm, Jochen M., E-mail: jochen.grimm@med.lmu.de [Institute for Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Wirth, Stefan, E-mail: tefan.wirth@med.lmu.de [Institute for Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Uhl, Michael, E-mail: michael.uhl@polizei.bayern.de [Bavarian State Criminal Police Office, Maillingerstrasse 15, 80636 Munich (Germany); Reiser, Maximilian F., E-mail: Maximilian.Reiser@med.lmu.de [Institute for Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Scherr, Michael K., E-mail: Michael.Scherr@med.lmu.de [Institute for Clinical Radiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Hospital Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    Objective: To compare abdominal computed tomography (CT) scout views with conventional radiography regarding radiation dose and delineation of drug packages in a porcine body-packer model. Materials and methods: Nine samples of illicit drugs packed in ovoid plastic containers were consecutively placed in the rectum of a 121.5 kg pig cadaver. Antero-posterior and lateral scout views were obtained at 120 kVp and 80 mA, 150 mA and 200 mA, respectively, using a 64-row MDCT. Scout views were compared with conventional abdominal antero-posterior radiographs (77 kV and 106 ± 13 mAs). Visibility of three body pack characteristics (wrapping, content, shape) was rated independently by two radiologists and summarized to a delineation score ranging from 0 to 9 with a score ?6 representing sufficient delineation. Mean delineation scores were calculated for each conventional radiography and single plane scout view separately and for a combined rating of antero-posterior and lateral scout views. Results: Even the lowest single plane scout view delineation score (5.3 ± 2.0 for 80 mA lateral; 0.4 mSv; sensitivity = 44%) was significantly higher than for conventional radiographs (3.1 ± 2.5, p < 0.001; 2.4 ± 0.3 mSv; sensitivity = 11%). Combined reading of antero-posterior and lateral scout views 80 mA yielded sufficient delineation (6.2 ± 1.4; 0.8 mSv; sensitivity = 56%). Conclusions: All CT scout views showed significantly better delineation ratings and sensitivity than conventional radiographs. Scout views in two planes at 80 mA provided a sufficient level of delineation and a sensitivity five times higher than conventional radiography at less than one third of the radiation dose. In case of diagnostic insecurity, CT can be performed without additional logistical effort.

  2. Film-screen vs. digital radiography in rheumatoid arthritis of the hand. An ROC analysis

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    In a prospective investigation the diagnostic accuracy of filmscreen and digital radiography in rheumatoid arthritis of hands was compared. Seventy hands of 36 patients with established rheumatoid arthritis were included in the study. Each of 11 joints in every hand was evaluated regarding the following radiologic parameters: soft tissue swelling, joint space narrowing, erosions and periarticular osteopenia. The digital images were obtained with storage phosphor image plates and evaluated in 2 forms; as digital hard-copy on film and on a monitor of an interactive workstation. The digital images had a resolution of either 3.33 or 5.0 lp/mm. ROC curves were constructed and comparing the area under the curves no significant difference was found between the 3 different imaging forms in either resolution group for soft tissue swelling, joint space narrowing and erosions. The film-screen image evaluation of periarticular osteopenia was significantly better than the digital hard-copy one in the 3.33 lp/mm resolution group, but no significant difference was found in the 5.0 lp/mm group. These results support the view that currently available digital systems are capable of adequate diagnostic performance. (orig.)

  3. A UK-wide analysis of trait emotional intelligence within the radiography profession

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    The aim of this study was to profile the Trait emotional intelligence (EI) of the radiography profession, explore any differences between subgroups, compare the profession with a normative group and investigate the relationship between EI and the leaders of the profession. An online UK-wide survey was conducted using the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire, a self-report measure. Three main analyses were undertaken to investigate any differences between the sample and population, the radiographer subgroups and the sample and a normative group. The sample had similar characteristics to the population. There were differences between types of radiographer, with nuclear medicine radiographers scoring consistently lower than other groups. There were differences between the leaders and other members of the profession particularly in the Sociability factor. Radiographers scored higher than the TEIQue normative group for Global EI and three of the four factors. The study has benchmarked the Trait EI of one healthcare profession and identified areas for future research to develop our understanding of emotional intelligence.

  4. Analysis of the reproducibility of the gray values and noise of a direct digital radiography system

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    Marcelo Lupion, POLETI; Thais Maria Freire, FERNANDES; Renata Cordeiro, TEIXEIRA; Ana Lúcia Alvares, CAPELOZZA; Izabel Regina Fischer, RUBIRA-BULLEN.

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the reproducibility of the gray values and noise of a direct digital radiography system (Visualix eHD) for various exposure times and analyzed regions. To obtain radiographic images in a standardized manner, the digital sensor of the system and a stepwedge were [...] positioned in a phantom at a focus-film distance of 30 cm in a dental device at 70 kV, 7 mA and 2.2 mm filtration. Ten consecutive repetitions of X-ray imaging were performed at each exposure time (0.05, 0.07, 0.09 and 0.13 s). Gray values were analyzed using ImageJ software in five regions of interest (ROIs): alveolar bone (AB), soft tissue (ST) and three steps of the stepwedge (S1, S2 and S3). The results showed that both the variability of the gray values and the noise were statistically greater (p

  5. Image quality analysis vs dose to the patient in digital panoramic radiography

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    Digital panoramic radiography is a diagnostic image technique which is increasing its use today allo over the world. Nevertheless, there is a relative lack of knowledge about the best compromise relationship between image quality and dose to the patient for these studies. Twenty one panoramic images of an anthropomorphic phantom and 205 from patients were collected using a Kodak digital equipment. Tube current, beam energy and acquisitions time were changed among studies to look for the best acquisition conditions which permit good image quality al low doses for patients. Air Kerma-Length Product was measures as dose index. Image quality was graded using objective metrics as Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR [dB]) and Contrast to Noise ratio (CNR), as well as visual evaluation with two expert observers. Reduction in dose was able, reducing mAs mainly, without affecting image quality in a sensitive way. An optimized protocol for this equipment was also obtained for standard height and weight patients. (Author)

  6. Hodoscope in-situ radiography

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    The fast-neutron hodoscopes at TREAT and proposed for STF can be adapted to perform high-resolution radiography, in addition to their role of time-resolved test fuel imaging. Time resolution may be traded for increased spatial resolution by remote motorized scanning of the collimator, simulataneous collection of data from the detector array over extended time intervals, and deconvolution of the data from the collimator response function. Calculations and analysis of initial scanning experiments at TREAT indicate that an acceptable level of fuel density resolution can be achieved for TREAT and STF in-situ radiography

  7. Neutron-induced alpha radiography

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    A new radiography technique to inspect thin samples was developed. Low energy alpha particles, generated by a boron based screen under thermal neutron irradiation, are used as penetrating radiation. The solid state nuclear track detector CR-39 has been used to register the image. The interaction of the ? - particles with the CR-39 gives rise to damages which under an adequate chemical etching became tracks the basic units forming the image. A digital system was developed for data acquisition and data analysis as well as for image processing. The irradiation and etching conditions to obtain the best radiography are 1,3 hours and 25 minutes at 70 deg C respectively. For such conditions samples having 10 ?m in thickness can be inspected with a spatial resolution of 32 ?m. The use of the digital system has reduced the time spent for data acquisition and data analysis and has improved the radiography image visualization. Furthermore, by using the digital system, it was possible to study several new parameters regarding the tracks which are very important to understand and study the image formation theory in solid state nuclear track detectors, the one used in this thesis. Some radiography images are also shown which demonstrate the potential of the proposed radiography technique. When compared with the other radiography techniques already in use to inspect thin samples, the present one developed in the present paper allows a smaller time to obtain the image, it is not necessary to handle liquid radioactive substances, the detector is insensitive to ?, ?, X-ray and visible light. (author)

  8. Computed tomography in analysis of total hip endoprosthesis

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    16 patients with total hip endoprosthesis were investigated by high resolution computed tomography (CT) to analyse possible advantages of CT over conventional radiography. The quality of the examinations was good only in pure titanium systems: examinations of chromium-molybdenum alloys were severely deteriorated by strike artifacts. Positioning of implants is well defined in radiographs; CT provides better visualisation of the relation between implant and cortical bone. Evaluation of the contact of the shaft to the femoral corticalis is difficult in radiographs but facilitated in axial scans. Determination of relevance of CT analysis of total hip endoprosthesis remains subject to a future long-term follow-up study. (orig.)

  9. The academic analysis for the parameter and performance of 6LiF-ZnS neutron radiography scintillator

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    Expatiate the luminescence theory of neutron radiography scintillator,the mathematical model is set up. Matlah is adopted to simulate and discuss the parameter and performance of scintillator, got some significative conclusion. (authors)

  10. Long-term evaluation of apical root resorption after orthodontic treatment using periapical radiography and cone beam computed tomography

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    Jairo Curado de, Freitas; Olavo César Porto, Lyra; Ana Helena Gonçalves de, Alencar; Carlos, Estrela.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a frequência de reabsorção radicular apical (RRA) após tratamento ortodôntico, em longo prazo, por meio de imagens de radiografia periapical (RP) e tomografia computadorizada de feixe cônico (TCFC). MÉTODOS: as imagens radiográficas obtidas de dentes de 58 pacientes, antes (T1), ap [...] ós o tratamento ortodôntico (T2) e decorridos pelo menos 52 meses do tratamento (T3), foram analisadas por três examinadores, membros do Board Brasileiro de Ortodontia e Ortopedia Facial. As estruturas apicais foram avaliadas por meio de imagens de RP (T2 e T3), utilizando o sistema de escores de Levander e Malmgren modificado. A presença de RRA nas imagens tomográficas obtidas em T3 foi detectada por um especialista em radiologia com experiência em TCFC. Os dados foram estatisticamente analisados pelo teste de Kolmogorov-Smirnov, com nível de significância de 5%. O teste kappa determinou o nível de concordância entre os observadores. RESULTADOS: as RRAs mais frequentes foram as de escore 1 em T2 (51,6%) e em T3 (53,1%), quando avaliadas por RPs (p > 0,05). Quando comparadas as frequências de RRAs em T3, entre imagens de RP e de TCFC, a diferença foi estatisticamente significativa para o grupo de pré-molares da maxila e da mandíbula, e de molares mandibulares. Os dentes que apresentaram maior frequência de RRA quando analisados por meio de imagens de TCFC, foram os incisivos laterais superiores (94,5%) e os centrais inferiores (87,7%), enquanto os de menor frequência foram os pré-molares. As imagens de TCFC mostraram que os dentes envolvidos em tratamentos ortodônticos com extrações apresentaram maior frequência de RRA (p Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the frequency of Apical Root Resorption (ARR) after orthodontic treatment at 52-288 months using periapical radiography (PR) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). METHODS: Radiographic images obtained from 58 patients, before (T1) and after orthodontic treatment (T2), and [...] following 52-288 months of treatment were analyzed by three members of the Brazilian Board of Orthodontics. Apical structures were evaluated by PR images (T2 and T3), using Levander and Malmgren scores. The presence of ARR on CBCT images were detected only at T3. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used for statistical analyses, and the level of significance was set at 5%. Kappa statistics determined interobserver agreement. RESULTS: The more frequent ARR were with scores 1 in T2 (51.6%) and T3 (53.1%), when evaluated by PR (p > 0.05). When compared the frequencies of ARR in T3 among PR and CBCT images, the differences were significant for maxillary and mandibular pre-molar groups, and for mandibular molar group (p > 0.05). The teeth with highest frequency of ARR presence using CBCT images were maxillary lateral incisors (94.5%) and mandibular central incisors (87.7%), while the premolars showed the lowest frequency. The CBCT images showed that the teeth involved in orthodontic treatment with extraction present higher ARR frequency (p

  11. Cholesteatoma: computed tomography and radiography in a dog; Colesteatoma: tomografia computadorizada e radiografia em cao com otite cronica

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    Belotta, Alexandra Frey; Babicsak, Viviam Rocco; Mamprim, Maria Jaqueline; Vulcano, Luiz Carlos, E-mail: a_fbelotta@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (FMVZ/UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia . Dept. de Reproducao Animal e Radiologia Veterinaria; Arruda, Vanesa Kutz de; Amorim, Rogerio Martins [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (FMVZ/UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia. Dept. de Clinica Veterinaria

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    Cholesteatoma, a rare and/or misdiagnosed disease, results of a serious complication in dogs with chronic otitis. This article describes a case of a dachshund sent to the veterinary hospital presenting signs of cognitive dysfunction associated to peripheral neuropathy of the facial nerve on the right side. At radiography, an enlargement and thickness of the contours associated with loss of anatomical definition of the right tympanic bulla compared to the left was seen. At tomography, this enlargement and thickness were seen with better definition, besides the fulfilling by hyperdense calcified content, bullae osteolysis and temporal bone sclerosis at the same side. (author)

  12. Radiography with polarised neutrons

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    In this thesis I present a new technique for the spatially resolved investigation of the magnetic properties of bulk samples. Standard one dimensional neutron depolarisation analysis is combined with neutron radiography to a method we call Neutron Depolarisation Imaging (NDI). The experimental setup which was installed at the neutron radiography beam line ANTARES at FRM II consists of a double crystal monochromator, neutron polariser, spin flipper, polarisation analyser and a position sensitive CCD detector. A comprehensive discussion of the requirements for these components is given and the limitations of the method are shown. The maximum spatial resolution which can be achieved with a neutron radiography setup is determined by the collimation of the neutron beam and the distance between sample and detector. Different types of polarisers have been tested and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. A double crystal monochromator and a new type of polariser employing polarising neutron supermirrors based on the principle of an optical periscope were developed and tested during this work. Furthermore, NDI measurements on various samples of the weakly ferromagnetic materials Pd1-xNix and Ni3Al are presented. Neutron depolarisation radiography and tomography measurements were conducted with a spatial resolution as high as 0.3 mm on Pd1-xNix and Ni3Al samples. The feasibility of NDI experiments under hydrostatic pressures up to 10 kbar was shown on a sample of Ni3Al using a modified Cu:Be clamp cell. A decrease of the ordering temperature by 2 K under hydrostatic pressure was determined from the NDI measurements and shows the potential of the method for further high pressure experiments. Additionally a method was developed which in principle allows to obtain the intrinsic dependence of the ordering temperature TC on the ordered moment Ms from NDI measurements on inhomogeneous samples containing regions with different ordering temperatures. This procedure was tested on one Pd1-xNix sample and the results were compared with simulations of the temperature dependence of the neutron beam depolarisation by an inhomogeneous sample. As a result from these simulations a criterion was developed to assess the amount of heterogeneity in a sample from the shape of the temperature dependence of the beam polarisation after transmission of the sample. It is found from simulations that increasing the heterogeneity in the sample leads to a rounding of the signature of the phase transition in the depolarisation data. (orig.)

  13. Radiography with polarised neutrons

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    In this thesis I present a new technique for the spatially resolved investigation of the magnetic properties of bulk samples. Standard one dimensional neutron depolarisation analysis is combined with neutron radiography to a method we call Neutron Depolarisation Imaging (NDI). The experimental setup which was installed at the neutron radiography beam line ANTARES at FRM II consists of a double crystal monochromator, neutron polariser, spin flipper, polarisation analyser and a position sensitive CCD detector. A comprehensive discussion of the requirements for these components is given and the limitations of the method are shown. The maximum spatial resolution which can be achieved with a neutron radiography setup is determined by the collimation of the neutron beam and the distance between sample and detector. Different types of polarisers have been tested and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. A double crystal monochromator and a new type of polariser employing polarising neutron supermirrors based on the principle of an optical periscope were developed and tested during this work. Furthermore, NDI measurements on various samples of the weakly ferromagnetic materials Pd{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x} and Ni{sub 3}Al are presented. Neutron depolarisation radiography and tomography measurements were conducted with a spatial resolution as high as 0.3 mm on Pd{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x} and Ni{sub 3}Al samples. The feasibility of NDI experiments under hydrostatic pressures up to 10 kbar was shown on a sample of Ni{sub 3}Al using a modified Cu:Be clamp cell. A decrease of the ordering temperature by 2 K under hydrostatic pressure was determined from the NDI measurements and shows the potential of the method for further high pressure experiments. Additionally a method was developed which in principle allows to obtain the intrinsic dependence of the ordering temperature T{sub C} on the ordered moment Ms from NDI measurements on inhomogeneous samples containing regions with different ordering temperatures. This procedure was tested on one Pd{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x} sample and the results were compared with simulations of the temperature dependence of the neutron beam depolarisation by an inhomogeneous sample. As a result from these simulations a criterion was developed to assess the amount of heterogeneity in a sample from the shape of the temperature dependence of the beam polarisation after transmission of the sample. It is found from simulations that increasing the heterogeneity in the sample leads to a rounding of the signature of the phase transition in the depolarisation data. (orig.)

  14. Computer aided safety analysis

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    The document reproduces 20 selected papers from the 38 papers presented at the Technical Committee/Workshop on Computer Aided Safety Analysis organized by the IAEA in co-operation with the Institute of Atomic Energy in Otwock-Swierk, Poland on 25-29 May 1987. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these 20 technical papers. Refs, figs and tabs

  15. Computed tomographic beam-hardening artefacts: mathematical characterization and analysis.

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    Park, Hyoung Suk; Chung, Yong Eun; Seo, Jin Keun

    2015-06-13

    This paper presents a mathematical characterization and analysis of beam-hardening artefacts in X-ray computed tomography (CT). In the field of dental and medical radiography, metal artefact reduction in CT is becoming increasingly important as artificial prostheses and metallic implants become more widespread in ageing populations. Metal artefacts are mainly caused by the beam-hardening of polychromatic X-ray photon beams, which causes mismatch between the actual sinogram data and the data model being the Radon transform of the unknown attenuation distribution in the CT reconstruction algorithm. We investigate the beam-hardening factor through a mathematical analysis of the discrepancy between the data and the Radon transform of the attenuation distribution at a fixed energy level. Separation of cupping artefacts from beam-hardening artefacts allows causes and effects of streaking artefacts to be analysed. Various computer simulations and experiments are performed to support our mathematical analysis. PMID:25939628

  16. Accuracy of Cone-beam Computed Tomography and Periapical Radiography in Endodontically Treated Teeth Evaluation: A Five-Year Retrospective Study

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    Saidi, Anastasia; Naaman, Alfred; Zogheib, Carla

    2015-01-01

    Background: This study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of two imaging methods in detecting the apical pathology in endodontically treated teeth. Material and Methods: A clinical examination from a sample of 156 teeth of patients treated by students of masters in endodontics at the Care Center of the Faculty of Dentistry at St. Joseph University, Beirut was done after 5 years of follow-up. Periradicular digital radiographs and a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT)scans were taken and analyzed statistically using both the Exact Fisher tests and McNemar tests. Results: The prevalence of lesions was significantly higher with CBCT (34.8%), whereas for digital radiography (13.8%). The CBCT was revealed more precise to identify periapical lesions. As for the clinical success, the rate was 82.5%. Conclusion: Within the limitations of the present study, CBCT was more reliable in detecting periapical lesions compared with digital periapical radiographs. PMID:25878472

  17. Development of a neutron radiography three-dimensional computed tomography system for void fraction measurement of boiling flow in tight lattice rod bundles

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    A neutron radiography three-dimensional computed tomography (NR3DCT) system was developed to visualize the void fraction distribution of boiling flow in tight lattice heated-rod bundles. This paper chiefly reports on the data processing and the error estimation method of NR3DCT. Practical ?-ray noise reduction and image correction techniques were studied to improve the reliability of the experimental data. Using the system and a directly heated 14-rod bundle test section, the behavior of boiling flow in a tight lattice rod bundle was clearly visualized. The effect of each data processing step on the result was also discussed. By this development, the three-dimensional vapor distribution of boiling flow in a heated bundle is made clear, and void fraction databases can be provided for verification of a thermal-hydraulic simulation code. (author)

  18. Compton radiography, 3

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    The compton radiography aims at collection of depth information by recording with a scinticamera those Compton rays that have resulted from scattering of a monoenergetic gamma beam by a volume of interest. Appreciably clear clinical scinti-tomograms were obtained of the chest wall, and intrathoracic structures such as the lungs, intrapulmonary pathologies and mediastinum. This was achieved without any computer assistance for image reconstruction such as those in the case of XCT. Apparently, suitable corrections of the attenuations of the primary monoenergetic gamma rays and secondary Compton rays would greatly improve the image quality, and imaging time and radiation exposure as well. This technic is simple in principle, relatively cheap, and yet prospective of development of stereoptic fluoroscopy that would be extremely helpful in guiding such procedures as visceral biopsies. (auth.)

  19. Evidence-based radiography

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    Evidence-based practice (EBP) offers the integration of the best research evidence with clinical knowledge and expertise and patient values. EBP is a well known term in health care. This paper discusses the implementation of EBP into radiography and introduces the term evidence-based radiography. Evidence-based radiography is radiography informed and based on the combination of clinical expertise and the best available research-based evidence, patient preferences and resources available. In Norway, EBP in radiography is being debated and radiographers are discussing the challenges of implementing EBP in both academic and clinical practice. This discussion paper explains why EBP needs to be a basis for a radiography curriculum and a part of radiographers' practice. We argue that Norwegian radiographers must increase participation in research and developing practice within their specific radiographic domain

  20. Neutron radiography using a transportable superconducting cyclotron

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    A thermal neutron radiography system based on a compact 12 MeV superconducting proton cyclotron is described. Neutrons are generated using a thick beryllium target and moderated in high density polyethylene. Monte Carlo computer simulations have been used to model the neutron and photon transport in order to optimise the performance of the system. With proton beam currents in excess of 100 ?A, it can provide high thermal neutron fluxes with L/D ratios of between 50 and 300 for various applications. Both film and electronic imaging are used to produce radiographs. The electronic imaging system consists of a 6Li-loaded ZnS intensifier screen, and a low light CCD or SIT camera. High resolution images can be recorded and computer-controlled data processing, analysis and display are possible. ((orig.))

  1. Magnification radiography in osteomyelitis

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    Osteomyelitis often eludes early diagnosis because plain film radiography is too insensitive and radionuclide bone scanning is nonspecific. In this study, 90 diabetic patients were studied with plain film and magnification radiographs of their feet. Among the 24 patients with osteomyelitis, plain radiographs suggested the diagnosis in 14 patients and magnification radiography was diagnostic in 18 of these patients. Thus, magnification radiography offers some diagnostic advantage in patients suspected of having osteomyelitis. (orig.)

  2. Proton nuclear scattering radiography

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    Nuclear scattering of protons allows to radiograph objects with specific properties: 3-dimensional radiography, different information as compared to X-ray technique, hydrogen radiography. Furthermore the nuclear scattering radiography (NSR) is a well adapted method to gating techniques allowing the radiography of fast periodic moving objects. Results obtained on phantoms, formalin fixed head and moving object are shown and discussed. The dose delivery is compatible with clinical use, but at the moment, the irradiation time is too long between 1 and 4 hours. Perspectives to make the radiograph faster and to get a practical method are discussed

  3. Computer assisted functional analysis

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    The latest developments in computer-assisted functional analysis (CFA) in nuclear medicine are presented in about 250 papers of the 19th international annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (Bern, September 1981). Apart from the mathematical and instrumental aspects of CFA, computerized emission tomography is given particular attention. Advances in nuclear medical diagnosis in the fields of radiopharmaceuticals, cardiology, angiology, neurology, ophthalmology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, oncology and osteology are discussed. (WU)

  4. Digital radiography detectors - A technical overview: Part 1

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    Lança, Luís; Silva, Augusto

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    During the last two decades screen-film (SF) systems have been replaced by digital X-ray systems. The advent of digital technologies brought a number of digital solutions based on different detector and readout technologies. Improvements in technology allowed the development of new digital technologies for projection radiography such as computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR). The large number of scientific papers concerning digital X-ray systems that have been published ove...

  5. “Drug mules” as a radiological challenge: Sensitivity and specificity in identifying internal cocaine in body packers, body pushers and body stuffers by computed tomography, plain radiography and Lodox

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    Flach, Patricia M., E-mail: patricia.flach@irm.uzh.ch [Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern (Switzerland); Department of Neuroradiology, Inselspital Bern, University of Bern, 3010 Bern (Switzerland); Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190/52, 8057 Zurich (Switzerland); Department of Radiology, University Hospital USZ, University of Zurich, Raemistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich (Switzerland); Ross, Steffen G. [Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern (Switzerland); Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Ebert, Lars [Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern (Switzerland); Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190/52, 8057 Zurich (Switzerland); Germerott, Tanja; Hatch, Gary M. [Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern (Switzerland); Thali, Michael J. [Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern (Switzerland); Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190/52, 8057 Zurich (Switzerland); Patak, Michael A. [Department of Radiology, Inselspital Bern, University of Bern, 3010 Bern (Switzerland); Department of Radiology, University Hospital USZ, University of Zurich, Raemistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: The purpose of our study was to retrospectively evaluate the specificity, sensitivity and accuracy of computed tomography (CT), digital radiography (DR) and low-dose linear slit digital radiography (LSDR, Lodox{sup ®}) in the detection of internal cocaine containers. Methods: Institutional review board approval was obtained. The study collectively consisted of 83 patients (76 males, 7 females, 16–45 years) suspected of having incorporated cocaine drug containers. All underwent radiological imaging; a total of 135 exams were performed: nCT = 35, nDR = 70, nLSDR = 30. An overall calculation of all “drug mules” and a specific evaluation of body packers, pushers and stuffers were performed. The gold standard was stool examination in a dedicated holding cell equipped with a drug toilet. Results: There were 54 drug mules identified in this study. CT of all drug carriers showed the highest diagnostic accuracy 97.1%, sensitivity 100% and specificity 94.1%. DR in all cases was 71.4% accurate, 58.3% sensitive and 85.3% specific. LSDR of all patients with internal cocaine was 60% accurate, 57.9% sensitive and 63.4% specific. Conclusions: CT was the most accurate test studied. Therefore, the detection of internal cocaine drug packs should be performed by CT, rather than by conventional X-ray, in order to apply the most sensitive exam in the medico-legal investigation of suspected drug carriers. Nevertheless, the higher radiation applied by CT than by DR or LSDR needs to be considered. Future studies should include evaluation of low dose CT protocols in order to address germane issues and to reduce dosage.

  6. “Drug mules” as a radiological challenge: Sensitivity and specificity in identifying internal cocaine in body packers, body pushers and body stuffers by computed tomography, plain radiography and Lodox

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    Purpose: The purpose of our study was to retrospectively evaluate the specificity, sensitivity and accuracy of computed tomography (CT), digital radiography (DR) and low-dose linear slit digital radiography (LSDR, Lodox®) in the detection of internal cocaine containers. Methods: Institutional review board approval was obtained. The study collectively consisted of 83 patients (76 males, 7 females, 16–45 years) suspected of having incorporated cocaine drug containers. All underwent radiological imaging; a total of 135 exams were performed: nCT = 35, nDR = 70, nLSDR = 30. An overall calculation of all “drug mules” and a specific evaluation of body packers, pushers and stuffers were performed. The gold standard was stool examination in a dedicated holding cell equipped with a drug toilet. Results: There were 54 drug mules identified in this study. CT of all drug carriers showed the highest diagnostic accuracy 97.1%, sensitivity 100% and specificity 94.1%. DR in all cases was 71.4% accurate, 58.3% sensitive and 85.3% specific. LSDR of all patients with internal cocaine was 60% accurate, 57.9% sensitive and 63.4% specific. Conclusions: CT was the most accurate test studied. Therefore, the detection of internal cocaine drug packs should be performed by CT, rather than by conventional X-ray, in order to apply the most sensitive exam in the medico-legal investigation of suspected drug carriers. Nevertheless, the higher radiation applied by CT than by DR or LSDR needs to be considered. Future studies should include evaluation of low dose CT protocols in order to address germane issues and to reduce dosage

  7. Development of an automated method for analysis of Winston-Lutz test results using digital radiography and photostimulable storage phosphor

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    Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and radiotherapy (SRT) are intricate techniques that deliver a highly precise radiation dose to a localized target, usually a tumor. At our hospital, we perform SRS and SRT on brain tumors using a linear accelerator (linac) mounted with an external micro multi-leaf system. The Task Group TG-142 Report by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine recommends the coincidence of the radiation and mechanical isocenter to be within ±1 mm. The Winston-Lutz test is commonly used to verify the linac isocenter position: it has the advantages of being a simple method that uses a film or electronic portal imaging device (EPID). However, the film method requires a higher radiation dose, which makes it more time-consuming than the EPID method, and the results are highly dependent on the skills of the observer. The EPID method has certain advantages over the film method, but it has low resolution and can only be used for a few combinations of gantry and couch angles. This prompted us to develop an in-house-designed radiation receptor system based on digital radiography, using a photostimulable storage phosphor and automated analysis algorithm for Winston-Lutz test images using a template-matching technique based on cross-correlation coefficients. Our proposed method shows a maximum average absolute error of 0.222 mm (less than 2 pixels) for 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm displacement from the isocenter toward the inline and crossline directions. Our proposed method is thus potentially useful for verifying the Linac isocenter position with a small error and good reproducibility, as demonstrated by improved accuracy of evaluation. (author)

  8. Multiple-image radiography

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    Conventional radiography produces a single image of an object by measuring the attenuation of an x-ray beam passing through it. When imaging weakly absorbing tissues, x-ray attenuation may be a suboptimal signature of disease-related information. In this paper we describe a new phase-sensitive imaging method, called multiple-image radiography (MIR), which is an improvement on a prior technique called diffraction-enhanced imaging (DEI). This paper elaborates on our initial presentation of the idea in Wernick et al (2002 Proc. Int. Symp. Biomed. Imaging pp 129 32). MIR simultaneously produces several images from a set of measurements made with a single x-ray beam. Specifically, MIR yields three images depicting separately the effects of refraction, ultra-small-angle scatter and attenuation by the object. All three images have good contrast, in part because they are virtually immune from degradation due to scatter at higher angles. MIR also yields a very comprehensive object description, consisting of the angular intensity spectrum of a transmitted x-ray beam at every image pixel, within a narrow angular range. Our experiments are based on data acquired using a synchrotron light source; however, in preparation for more practical implementations using conventional x-ray sources, we develop and evaluate algorithms designed for Poisson noise, which is characteristic of photon-limited imaging. The results suggest that MIR is capable of operating at low photon count levels, tof operating at low photon count levels, therefore the method shows promise for use with conventional x-ray sources. The results also show that, in addition to producing new types of object descriptions, MIR produces substantially more accurate images than its predecessor, DEI. MIR results are shown in the form of planar images of a phantom and a biological specimen. A preliminary demonstration of the use of MIR for computed tomography is also presented

  9. Simulation of the radiography formation process from CT patient volume

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    The aim of this work is to develop an algorithm to simulate the radiographic image formation process using volumetric anatomical data of the patient, obtained from 3D diagnostic CT images. Many applications, including radiographic driven surgery, virtual reality in medicine and radiologist teaching and training, may take advantage of such technique. The designed algorithm has been developed to simulate a generic radiographic equipment, whatever oriented respect to the patient. The simulated radiography is obtained considering a discrete number of X-ray paths departing from the focus, passing through the patient volume and reaching the radiographic plane. To evaluate a generic pixel of the simulated radiography, the cumulative absorption along the corresponding X-ray is computed. To estimate X-ray absorption in a generic point of the patient volume, 3D interpolation of CT data has been adopted. The proposed technique is quite similar to those employed in Ray Tracing. A computer designed test volume has been used to assess the reliability of the radiography simulation algorithm as a measuring tool. From the errors analysis emerges that the accuracy achieved by the radiographic simulation algorithm is largely confined within the sampling step of the CT volume. (authors)

  10. Analysis of muon radiography of the Toshiba nuclear critical assembly reactor

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    A 1.2?×?1.2 m2 muon tracker was moved from Los Alamos to the Toshiba facility at Kawasaki, Japan, where it was used to take ?4 weeks of data radiographing the Toshiba Critical Assembly Reactor with cosmic ray muons. In this paper, we describe the analysis procedure, show results of this experiment, and compare the results to Monte Carlo predictions. The results validate the concept of using cosmic rays to image the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors

  11. Analysis of muon radiography of the Toshiba nuclear critical assembly reactor

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    Morris, C. L.; Bacon, Jeffery; Ban, Yuichiro; Borozdin, Konstantin; Fabritius, J. M.; Izumi, Mikio; Miyadera, Haruo; Mizokami, Shinya; Otsuka, Yasuyuki; Perry, John; Ramsey, John; Sano, Yuji; Sugita, Tsukasa; Yamada, Daichi; Yoshida, Noriyuki; Yoshioka, Kenichi

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    A 1.2 × 1.2 m2 muon tracker was moved from Los Alamos to the Toshiba facility at Kawasaki, Japan, where it was used to take ˜4 weeks of data radiographing the Toshiba Critical Assembly Reactor with cosmic ray muons. In this paper, we describe the analysis procedure, show results of this experiment, and compare the results to Monte Carlo predictions. The results validate the concept of using cosmic rays to image the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors.

  12. Shielding Benchmark Computational Analysis

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    Over the past several decades, nuclear science has relied on experimental research to verify and validate information about shielding nuclear radiation for a variety of applications. These benchmarks are compared with results from computer code models and are useful for the development of more accurate cross-section libraries, computer code development of radiation transport modeling, and building accurate tests for miniature shielding mockups of new nuclear facilities. When documenting measurements, one must describe many parts of the experimental results to allow a complete computational analysis. Both old and new benchmark experiments, by any definition, must provide a sound basis for modeling more complex geometries required for quality assurance and cost savings in nuclear project development. Benchmarks may involve one or many materials and thicknesses, types of sources, and measurement techniques. In this paper the benchmark experiments of varying complexity are chosen to study the transport properties of some popular materials and thicknesses. These were analyzed using three-dimensional (3-D) models and continuous energy libraries of MCNP4B2, a Monte Carlo code developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. A shielding benchmark library provided the experimental data and allowed a wide range of choices for source, geometry, and measurement data. The experimental data had often been used in previous analyses by reputable groups such as the Cross Section Evaluation Working Group (CSEWG) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency Nuclear Science Committee (OECD/NEANSC)

  13. Bone X-Ray (Radiography)

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  15. Contrast-detail analysis of three flat panel detectors for digital radiography

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    In this paper we performed a contrast detail analysis of three commercially available flat panel detectors, two based on the indirect detection mechanism (GE Revolution XQ/i, system A, and Trixell/Philips Pixium 4600, system B) and one based on the direct detection mechanism (Hologic DirectRay DR 1000, system C). The experiment was conducted using standard x-ray radiation quality and a widely used contrast-detail phantom. Images were evaluated using a four alternative forced choice paradigm on a diagnostic-quality softcopy monitor. At the low and intermediate exposures, systems A and B gave equivalent performances. At the high dose levels, system A performed better than system B in the entire range of target sizes, even though the pixel size of system A was about 40% larger than that of system B. At all the dose levels, the performances of the system C (direct system) were lower than those of system A and B (indirect systems). Theoretical analyses based on the Perception Statistical Model gave similar predicted SNRT values corresponding to an observer efficiency of about 0.08 for systems A and B and 0.05 for system C

  16. An analysis of the experiences of radiography and radiotherapy students who are carers at one UK university

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    Purpose: This is a mixed methods study of the experiences and attendance of radiography and radiotherapy students who are carers at one UK university, Undergraduate radiography and radiotherapy programmes are attracting increasing numbers of mature students. It is therefore likely that the number of students with carer responsibilities is also increasing. This study explores the experiences of higher education of students with caring responsibilities. The aim of the study is to identify possible strategies and practices to enhance the student experience and so to work towards compliance with the recent Equality Act 2010. Method: All students on the radiography (n = 130) and radiotherapy (n = 97) programmes were invited to complete a short questionnaire. Students who identified themselves as carers on the questionnaire were invited to participate in focus group sessions. Due to the issues raised in the focus groups by students with regard to attendance at university and clinical placement, student absence rates were also investigated for students with and without caring responsibilities. Results: 215 students completed the questionnaire. 30 of the 215 students identified themselves as carers. 18 carers agreed to take part in focus groups. Carers reported that having fees paid by the NHS was an important choice factor for higher education. Carers' main concerns were: timetabling, finances, support after exam failures, understanding from academic staff and attendance issing from academic staff and attendance issues. Examination of absence rates demonstrated carers had significantly (p = 0.000) less absence than non-carers for radiography and no significant differences for radiotherapy (p = 0.105). Conclusion: The NHS states it must be reflective of the community it serves. Thus those responsible for delivering health professional programmes have a duty to recruit and retain a diverse student population. The introduction of the Equality Act 2010 means higher education institutions must consider the needs of those with protected characteristics. A number of actions regarding the delivery and administration of the programmes have been identified from this study.

  17. Component analysis of image noise on digital radiography on the basis of empirical formula. X-ray energy-dependence of noise components

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    The purpose of our study is to devise the empirical formula of image noise for digital radiography and to investigate the relationship between image noise components and radiation dose using the empirical formula. Two kinds of commercially available phantoms were prepared as target objects: ACR 156 phantom and CDRAD phantom. To devise the empirical formula of image noise, the ACR phantom images were obtained using a full-field digital mammography system. To investigate the relationship between radiation dose and image noise components, the CDRAD phantom images were acquired using computed radiography system. The empirical formula of image noise was devised using the mean values and the standard deviations (noise SD) for pixel values in rectangular areas (ROI) in un-processed ACR 156 phantom images. We have demonstrated that the noise variance (noise SD2) can be represented as a quadratic function of the mean value and the quadratic, linear, and constant terms in this formula associate with structural noise, quantum noise, and electronic noise, respectively. For low radiation dose, quantum noise had the largest contribution to image noise. In contrast, for high radiation dose, structural noise was the dominant source. Furthermore, quantum and structural noises increased with the effective energy of X-ray. (author)

  18. A comparison of image reject rates when using film, hard copy computed radiography and soft copy images on picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) workstations.

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    Weatherburn, G C; Bryan, S; West, M

    1999-07-01

    A comparison has been made of the reject rates of plain images for three separate periods when film, computed radiography (CR) and PACS systems were in operation throughout the Hammersmith Hospital, London. There was a statistically significant reduction in the overall percentage reject rate across all examinations from 9.9% to 8.1% when the hospital changed from using a conventional film based system to a CR system. There was a further reduction in the reject rate to 7.3% when the hospital moved to a hospital-wide PACS system, but this change was not statistically significant. Using estimations of the total number of images used, the percentage reject rates were 6.6% for film, 5.5% for CR and 5.5% for PACS. Thus, if the radiation dose for each image is unchanged, and the same types of images are used for the examination of each body area, a move from conventional film imaging to phosphor plate imaging provides the potential to reduce the patient population dose. PMID:10624322

  19. Comparison of image quality and patient dose for chest x-ray examinations on conventional and low cost computed radiography systems

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    Purpose: The aims of this study were to assess if clinical chest radiographs taken at two computed radiography (CR) facilities fulfill standard quality criteria on conventional display monitor and the status of patient doses. Methods: Twenty-five adult patients were x-rayed at 102–109 kVp using Fuji type C image plates and low cost Philips PCR digitizer. Another group of 25 patients were x-rayed at 120 kVp using CRMD 4.0 image plates and conventional Agfa 75 CR digitizer. All 50 radiographs were independently assessed by four radiologists on conventional display monitor (model HP M70) with image software using six standard quality criteria. Entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) was determined using the measured incident air kerma values and exposure parameters. Results: The results show that the differences in visualization of anatomical structure in terms of image quality criteria were comparable (p > 0.05), with the exception of the visualisation of intervertebral disc spaces. However, the ESAK values for Philips PCR were higher than those for Agfa CR 75 (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Images from a low cost CR system can display anatomic details comparably to conventional CR system but at the cost of higher radiation dose. Optimisation of variables that effect patient dose is desirable when using low cost CR systems.

  20. Orthopaedic measurements with computed radiography: Methodological development, accuracy, and radiation dose with special reference to the weight-bearing lower extremity and the dislocating patella

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    The overall aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a measurement system for computed radiography and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, permitting measurements of long distances and angles in and between related images. The developed measurement system, which was based on the QUESTOR Precision Radiography system, was applied to the weight-bearing knee with special reference to the dislocating patella. The QPR system modified for CR fulfilled the criteria for measuring the weight-bearing knee. The special measuring assistance tools that were developed were important for the implementation of CR and PACS, particularly in workstations programmed for musculoskeletal radiology. The energy imparted to the patient was reduced by 98% at the lowest exposure of the CR-system, compared with our conventional analogue method, without loss of diagnostic accuracy. The CR technique creates a possibility, to an extent not previously feasible, to differentiate the exposure parameters (and thus minimise the radiation dose to the patient) by carefully considering the purpose of the examination. A radiographic method for measuring the rotation of the femur and the tibia, and the patellar translation was developed and applied to healthy volunteers. The introduced patellar variables have yielded new insights into the complex sequence of motions between the femur, tibia, and patella. The patients with a dislocating patella were subdivided into one 'clean' group of spontaneouvided into one 'clean' group of spontaneous dislocations and one group with various traumas in the history, which thus resulted in two groups with distinct radiographic differences. The Q-angle was decreased in knees that had suffered dislocations, and the traditional surgical treatment with a further reduction of the Q-angle must be challenged. The use of clinical measurements of the Q-angle was not an optimal way to evaluate the mechanical alignment in the patellofemoral joint under physiological conditions. In this study, we have proved that the developed method for CR and PACS is a useful technique for measurements in and between related images, and is superior to the conventional analogue technique

  1. Radiography in forensic investigations

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    Forensic applications of X-ray radiography include identification of bodies by comparison of post-mortem radiographs with those obtained before death, assessment of injuries to provide both preliminary and additional information to that from post-mortem dissection, and determination of the track of penetrating stab wounds by radiography following the introduction of contrast medium into the wound. Practical details are given of the equipment and techniques. Three case examples illustrate some of the topics discussed. (U.K.)

  2. Patient risk from interproximal radiography

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    Computer simulation methods for determining patient dose from dental radiography have demonstrated that patient risk from a two-film interproximal examination ranges from 1.1 X 10(-8) to 3.4 X 10(-7) using 90-kVp beams, depending on film speed, projection technique, and age and sex of the patient. Further, changing from a short-cone round-beam to a long-cone technique with rectangular collimation reduces risk by a factor of 2.9, independent of other factors

  3. Análisis del Patrón Óseo Trabecular de Mandíbulas Maceradas en Radiografías Panorámicas Digitales Analysis of the Trabecular Bone Pattern of Dry Human Mandibles in Digital Panoramic Radiographies

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    Full Text Available Nuestro propósito fue estudiar la sensibilidad de la metodología de esqueletonizacion en las alteraciones del patrón óseo trabecular, en radiografías panorámicas digitales. Con el fin de poder utilizar esta metodología a futuro para el análisis y la observación de los cambios de densidad ósea en la estructura trabecular, en pacientes con osteoporosis y sanos. El material examinado consistió en cinco mandíbulas adultas, maceradas. Los 4 sitios de interés de cada mandíbula fueron escogidos en cuerpo mandibular, debajo de los alvéolos dentarios: Sitio 1. Oral y anterior al foramen mentoniano derecho. Sitio 2. Oral y posterior al foramen mentoniano derecho. Sitio 3. Oral y anterior al foramen mentoniano izquierdo. Sitio 4. Oral y posterior al foramen mentoniano izquierdo. Se realizó la toma de radiografías panorámicas digitales. Posterior a la primera toma radiográfica, se recortaron las áreas delimitadas removiendo las tablas vestibulares, Se fracturó intencionalmente el trabeculado óseo y luego se reubicaron las tablas vestibulares y se realizó una segunda toma radiográfica, con el uso de un soporte confeccionado para el posicionamiento de las mandíbulas, manteniendo las líneas guía fijas,para cada especimen: Plano mediano, Línea canina y Plano de Frankfurt. Los sitios de interés fueron trabajados en software, siguiendo el método empleado por Watanabe (2003, las imágenes resultantes, que muestran los esqueletos de las trabéculas óseas fueron analizadas utilizando las siguientes herramientas: Histograma, Análisis de partículas, Dimensión fractal, Cantidad de Uniones o encuentro triple de trabéculas y Porcentaje de trabéculas por área. En el análisis estadístico según los datos obtenidos de las diferentes regiones, antes y después de la remoción/inserción, no se encontró una diferencia estadísticamente significativa. Las trabéculas vistas en la radiografía panorámica son formadas principalmente por inserciones en las corticales. El método de retirar la tabla ósea proporcionó apenas una ruptura en el interior (segmento del cuerpo mandibularThe objective investigation is to study and analyze the sensibility of the esqueletonization methodology in the alterations of the trabecular bone pattern in digital panoramic radiographies. In order to use this analysis and look changes in the bone density in the trabecular structure in healthy patients and with osteoporosis.The elements analyzed consist in five dry human mandibles. The four studied zones of each mandible were selected in the mandible body under the alveolar bone, studied zones: 1 Bucal and anterior to the right mental foramen, 2 Bucal and posterior to the right mental foramen, 3 Bucal and anterior to the left mental foramen, 4 Bucal and posterior to the left mental foramen.We realized the digital panoramic radiographies. After the first radiography we cut the delimited areas removing the buccal cortical plates. we did intentional fractures in the trabecular bone. Then we replace the buccal cortical plates and realized the second radiography, using the support created for the mandibles replacement, maintaining the fixed guide lines for each specimen. mid Sagital plane, canine line and Frankfurt Plane.The studied zones were analyzed in the software using the Watanabe 2003 Method. The studied images that show the trabecular bone squeleton were analyzed using: Histogram, particulas analysis, Fractal dimension, unions quantity or trabecuialr third union and the trabecular percent.The statistical analysis of the different zones before and after of the renovation and insertion didn't show a statistical important difference. The trabecular that the panoramic radiography showed were formed for the insertions in the corticals. The method of take off the cortical bone plates just breaks part inside the mandible body

  4. Análisis del Patrón Óseo Trabecular de Mandíbulas Maceradas en Radiografías Panorámicas Digitales / Analysis of the Trabecular Bone Pattern of Dry Human Mandibles in Digital Panoramic Radiographies

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    Plauto Christopher Aranha, Watanabe; Solange Aparecida Caldeira, Monteiro; Joyce Carvalho Tenfuss, Campbell; David Alberto Aristizabal, Elejalde.

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Nuestro propósito fue estudiar la sensibilidad de la metodología de esqueletonizacion en las alteraciones del patrón óseo trabecular, en radiografías panorámicas digitales. Con el fin de poder utilizar esta metodología a futuro para el análisis y la observación de los cambios de densidad ósea en la [...] estructura trabecular, en pacientes con osteoporosis y sanos. El material examinado consistió en cinco mandíbulas adultas, maceradas. Los 4 sitios de interés de cada mandíbula fueron escogidos en cuerpo mandibular, debajo de los alvéolos dentarios: Sitio 1. Oral y anterior al foramen mentoniano derecho. Sitio 2. Oral y posterior al foramen mentoniano derecho. Sitio 3. Oral y anterior al foramen mentoniano izquierdo. Sitio 4. Oral y posterior al foramen mentoniano izquierdo. Se realizó la toma de radiografías panorámicas digitales. Posterior a la primera toma radiográfica, se recortaron las áreas delimitadas removiendo las tablas vestibulares, Se fracturó intencionalmente el trabeculado óseo y luego se reubicaron las tablas vestibulares y se realizó una segunda toma radiográfica, con el uso de un soporte confeccionado para el posicionamiento de las mandíbulas, manteniendo las líneas guía fijas,para cada especimen: Plano mediano, Línea canina y Plano de Frankfurt. Los sitios de interés fueron trabajados en software, siguiendo el método empleado por Watanabe (2003), las imágenes resultantes, que muestran los esqueletos de las trabéculas óseas fueron analizadas utilizando las siguientes herramientas: Histograma, Análisis de partículas, Dimensión fractal, Cantidad de Uniones o encuentro triple de trabéculas y Porcentaje de trabéculas por área. En el análisis estadístico según los datos obtenidos de las diferentes regiones, antes y después de la remoción/inserción, no se encontró una diferencia estadísticamente significativa. Las trabéculas vistas en la radiografía panorámica son formadas principalmente por inserciones en las corticales. El método de retirar la tabla ósea proporcionó apenas una ruptura en el interior (segmento) del cuerpo mandibular Abstract in english The objective investigation is to study and analyze the sensibility of the esqueletonization methodology in the alterations of the trabecular bone pattern in digital panoramic radiographies. In order to use this analysis and look changes in the bone density in the trabecular structure in healthy pat [...] ients and with osteoporosis.The elements analyzed consist in five dry human mandibles. The four studied zones of each mandible were selected in the mandible body under the alveolar bone, studied zones: 1) Bucal and anterior to the right mental foramen, 2) Bucal and posterior to the right mental foramen, 3) Bucal and anterior to the left mental foramen, 4) Bucal and posterior to the left mental foramen.We realized the digital panoramic radiographies. After the first radiography we cut the delimited areas removing the buccal cortical plates. we did intentional fractures in the trabecular bone. Then we replace the buccal cortical plates and realized the second radiography, using the support created for the mandibles replacement, maintaining the fixed guide lines for each specimen. mid Sagital plane, canine line and Frankfurt Plane.The studied zones were analyzed in the software using the Watanabe 2003 Method. The studied images that show the trabecular bone squeleton were analyzed using: Histogram, particulas analysis, Fractal dimension, unions quantity or trabecuialr third union and the trabecular percent.The statistical analysis of the different zones before and after of the renovation and insertion didn't show a statistical important difference. The trabecular that the panoramic radiography showed were formed for the insertions in the corticals. The method of take off the cortical bone plates just breaks part inside the mandible body

  5. The importance of conventional radiography in the mutational analysis of skeletal dysplasias (the TRPV4 mutational family)

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    The spondylo and spondylometaphyseal dysplasias (SMDs) are characterized by vertebral changes and metaphyseal abnormalities of the tubular bones, which produce a phenotypic spectrum of disorders from the mild autosomal-dominant brachyolmia to SMD Kozlowski to autosomal-dominant metatropic dysplasia. Investigations have recently drawn on the similar radiographic features of those conditions to define a new family of skeletal dysplasias caused by mutations in the transient receptor potential cation channel vanilloid 4 (TRPV4). This review demonstrates the significance of radiography in the discovery of a new bone dysplasia family due to mutations in a single gene. (orig.)

  6. Time of flight fast neutron radiography

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    Neutron radiography with fast or thermal neutrons is a standard technique for non-destructive testing (NDT). Here we report results for fast neutron radiography both as an adjunct to pulsed fast neutron analysis (PFNA) and as a stand-alone method for NDT. PFNA is a new technique for utilizing a collimated pulsed neutron beam to interrogate items and determine their elemental composition. By determining the time of flight for gamma-rays produced by (n,n' gamma X) reactions, a three dimensional image can be produced. Neutron radiography data taken with the same beam provides an important constraint for image reconstruction, and in particular is important in inferring the amount of hydrogen within the interrogated item. As a stand-alone device, the radiography measurement can be used to image items as large as cargo containers as long as their density is not too high. The use of a pulsed beam gives the further advantage of a time of flight measurement on the transmitted neutrons. By gating the radiography signal on the time of flight appropriate to the energy of the primary neutrons, most build-up from scattered neutrons can be eliminated. The pulsed beam also greatly improves the signal to background and extends the range of the neutron radiography. Simulation results will be presented which display the advantage of this constraint in particular for statistically limited data. Experimental results will be presented which show some of the limitations likely in a PFNA sysme of the limitations likely in a PFNA system utilizing neutron radiography data. Experimental and simulation results will demonstrate possible uses for this type of radiographic data in identifying contraband substances such as drugs. (orig.)

  7. Radiography at CERN

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    What is industrial radiography? It is a non-destructive method with a wide variety of applications, such as inspecting the quality of a weld. It uses high-energy radioactive sources or an X-ray generator.   Is this inspection technique used at CERN? Yes, it is widely used at CERN by the EN-MME Group, which outsources the work to one or more companies, depending on the workload. Is it possible to carry out radiography anywhere at CERN? Yes, it is possible to carry out radiography in any building/accelerator/experiment area at CERN (including in areas which are not normally subject to radiological hazards). When is radiography carried out? It normally takes place outside of working hours (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.). How will I know if radiography is taking place in my building? If this activity is planned in a CERN building, notices will be affixed to all of its main entrance doors at least 24 hours in advance. What are the risks? There is a risk of exposure to very high levels of radiation, dep...

  8. Image Quality, lesion detection, and diagnostic efficacy in digital mammography: Full-field digital mammography versus computed radiography-based mammography using digital storage phosphor plates

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    Objective: To compare image quality, the lesion detection, and the diagnostic efficacy of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and computed radiography-based mammography using digital storage phosphor plates (DSPM) in the evaluation of breast lesions. Materials and methods: In this prospective study, 150 patients with suspicious breast lesions underwent FFDM and DSPM. Nine aspects of image quality (brightness, contrast, sharpness, noise, artifacts, and the detection of anatomic structures, i.e., skin, retromamillary space, glandular tissue, and calcifications) were evaluated by five radiologists. In addition, the detection of breast lesions and the diagnostic efficacy, based on the BI-RADS classification, were evaluated with histologic and follow-up correlation. Results: For contrast, sharpness, and the detection of all anatomic structures, FFDM was rated significantly better (p < 0.05). Mass lesions were equally detected, whereas FFDM detected more lesions consisting of calcifications (85 versus 75). DSPM yielded two false-negative results. Both lesions were rated BI-RADS 4 with FFDM, but BI-RADS 2 with DSPM. Both were invasive carcinoma at histology. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy of FFDM were 1.0, 0.397, 0.636, 1.0, and 0.707, compared to 0.974, 0.397, 0.630, 0.935, and 0.693 of DSPM. Conclusion: Based on image quality parameters, FFDM is, in part, significantly better than DSPM. Furthermore, the detection of breast lesions with calcificationction of breast lesions with calcifications is favorable with FFDM. However, the diagnostic efficacy of FFDM and DSPM was equal. The interpretation of the false-negative results suggests that the perception and characterization of breast lesions is not defined solely by the digital mammography system but is strongly influenced by the radiologist, who is one of the determinants in the interpretation of breast imaging

  9. Proceedings of 7th short conference on neutron radiography

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    The first short period conference on neutron radiography was held in 1970, and now the 7th meeting was held. The works to develop neutron radiography in Japan are as active as those in western countries, and the research is in progress by using neutrons from reactors, radioisotopes and accelerators in order to achieve the technology of high standard. In this conference, 26 papers and six comments were presented, and the themes covered the equipment for radiography, the practical application, and the related research. The second World Conference on Neutron Radiography will be held in Paris in June, 1986, and the further promotion of the spread of neutron radiography can be expected. The proceedings of the conference is published with the hope that joint effort and information exchange are further enhanced in coming years to develop the neutron radiography in Japan. The neutron radiography using the Kinki University reactor, the Rikkyo Triga-2 reactor, the Musashi reactor, the Kyoto research reactor, a 3MV Van de Graaff accelerator in Toyota, a subcompact cyclotron in Sumitomo, a baby cyclotron-dual collimator in National Space Development Agency and so on, Cf-252 based thermal neutron radiography, CT with Sb-124/Be neutrons, pulse power neutron source, imaging converters, neutron radiographic image processing, computed tomography using neutron television systems and others are reported. (Kako, I.)

  10. Are radiography lecturers, leaders?

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    This review article aims to explore the concept of radiography lecturers acting as leaders to their student followers. Through a brief review of the literature, a definition of leadership is suggested and some leadership theories explored. The path-goal theory, leader–member exchange theory and the contemporary theory of transformational leadership are examined more closely. Links between lecturer-leader behaviour and student motivation and learning are tentatively suggested with transformational leadership appearing to offer the optimal leadership style for lecturers to adopt. The paucity of literature relating directly to radiography is acknowledged and areas for further research are suggested. The article concludes with some of the author's practical ideas for incorporating transformational leadership styles and behaviours into radiography education today

  11. Radiography of pressure ulcers

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    In patients with longstanding and/or deep pressure ulcers radiology is usually consulted. Survey radiography and sinography in 14 patients with pressure ulcers (6 over the tuber ischii and 8 over the femoral trochanter) were evaluated. Osteomyelitic involvement of adjacent bone was revealed in 9 patients on survey radiography. However, it was usually impossible to assess whether or not bony involvement represents healed or active osteomyelitis. Sinography did not contribute to the assessment of whether or not adjacent cortical bone was involved. However, when a fistulation to an adjacent joint was revealed this contributed substantially to the preoperative planning of resection. We therefore recommend that survey radiography and sinography should be included in the evaluation of these patients but that the results from such examinations are critically evaluated. Joint involvement should be taken seriously as progression of septic arthritis usually occurs rapidly. (orig.)

  12. Practical radiography. 11. ed.

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    After a brief explanation of the basics of electricity, the fundamentals of radiography are dealt with in more detail - the discovery of X-rays, their nature and properties, the production of the X-ray image and ways of improving the image. A chapter is devoted to the important subject of radiation protection. Explanations are given of the use of the Siemens exposure tables, which make it simpler to modify exposures from the values given in the tables. There is also a section on some of the standard radiographic positioning for patients. The most common medical terms used in radiography and fluoroscopy are listed and an Appendix gives details of the major items of Siemens X-ray equipment. There is a list of literature recommended for further study. Theoretical explanations have been kept to a minimum so that information that is important to radiography can be emphasized. (orig./MG)

  13. Spatially coded backscatter radiography

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    Conventional radiography requires access to two opposite sides of an object, which makes it unsuitable for the inspection of extended and/or thick structures (airframes, bridges, floors etc.). Backscatter imaging can overcome this problem, but the indications obtained are difficult to interpret. This paper applies the coded aperture technique to gamma-ray backscatter-radiography in order to enhance the detectability of flaws. This spatial coding method involves the positioning of a mask with closed and open holes to selectively permit or block the passage of radiation. The obtained coded-aperture indications are then mathematically decoded to detect the presence of anomalies. Indications obtained from Monte Carlo calculations were utilized in this work to simulate radiation scattering measurements. These simulated measurements were used to investigate the applicability of this technique to the detection of flaws by backscatter radiography

  14. Real-time radiography

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    Real-time radiography is used for imaging both dynamic events and static objects. Fluorescent screens play an important role in converting radiation to light, which is then observed directly or intensified and detected. The radiographic parameters for real-time radiography are similar to conventional film radiography with special emphasis on statistics and magnification. Direct-viewing fluoroscopy uses the human eye as a detector of fluorescent screen light or the light from an intensifier. Remote-viewing systems replace the human observer with a television camera. The remote-viewing systems have many advantages over the direct-viewing conditions such as safety, image enhancement, and the capability to produce permanent records. This report reviews real-time imaging system parameters and components

  15. Apparatus for gamma radiography

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    The aim of the present standard is to fix the rules for the construction of gamma radiography instrumentation without prejudice to the present regulations. These apparatus have to be fitted with only sealed sources conformable to the experimental standard M 61-002. The present standard agrees with the international standard ISO 3999 of 1977 dealing with the same subject. Nevertheless, it is different on the three main following points: it does not accept the same limits of absorbed dose rates in the air calculated on the external surface of projectors; it precribes tightness, bending, crushing and tensile tests for some components of the gamma radiography it prescribes tests of endurance and resistance to breaking for the locking systems of the gamma radiography apparatus. The present standard also specifies the following points: symbols and indications to put on projectors and on the source-holder; identification of the source contained in the projector; and, accompanying documents. The regulation references are given in annexe

  16. Neutron capture radiography applied to the investigation of boron-10 biodistribution in animals: improvements in techniques of imaging and quantitative analysis

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    Neutron capture radiographies (NCR) allow to get both quantitative and qualitative information on the distribution of 10B in biological samples. Based on the results of the 10B-boronophenylalanine biodistribution in a human ocular melanoma engrafted in the anterior chamber and in various organ of a rabbit immunosuppressed with cyclosporine, an original method of NCR macroscopic imaging with an optical bench which uses the CR 39 nuclear track detector as a light guide is proposed. With this device, the quantitative analysis of the 10B concentration in the sample is simplified, because the track density is easily obtained through photometry. Moreover, the relation between the track density and the local 10B concentration in the sample is reviewed, and a nonlinear regression is proposed which allows to take the track overlapping into account. ((orig.))

  17. Bone X-Ray (Radiography)

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  18. Management Waste Of Of Radiography Of Personal Certification Process

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    Have been conducted analysis of waste of Radiography Personnel Certification Level 1 and Level 2 to measure whether Certification NDE Radiography activity to effect environment or not. The result of waste analysis to be compared with standard is 0.05 ppm. Three locations are selected to get waste sample continuously are : Fixer Tank, Back of 71 Building and Control Main Drain Box. Result of analysis from three selected locations of waste flow have reduced silver containment. The Silver containment of waste to be release to environment is below 0.05 ppm; it means that Radiography of Personnel Certification Process is not effect environmental

  19. The stationary neutron radiography system

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    To provide the high intensity neutron beam and support systems necessary for radiography, the Stationary Neutron Radiography System was constructed at McClellan Air Force Base. The Stationary Neutron Radiography System utilizes a one megawatt TRIGA reactor contained in an Aluminium tank surrounded by eight foot thick concrete walls. There are four neutron beam tubes at inclined angles from the reactor core to separate radiography bays. In three of the bays, robotic systems manipulate aircraft components in the neutron beam, while real-time imaging systems provide images concurrent with the irradiation. Film radiography of smaller components is performed in the remaining bay

  20. Optimizing digital radiography of children

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    Pediatric projection imaging differs from imaging of the adult patient. Children are smaller, more radiosensitive, and less compliant than their adult counterparts. Their characteristics affect the way projection imaging is practiced and how dose is optimized. Computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) have been embraced by pediatric practitioners in order to reduce dose and improve image quality. Unfortunately, dose optimization with CR and DR has been hampered by a lack of definition of appropriate exposure levels, a lack of standardization in exposure factor feedback, and a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of CR and DR technology. The potential for over-exposure exists with both CR and DR. Both the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine recognize the promise and shortcomings of CR and DR technology and have taken steps to join with manufacturers in improving the practice of CR and DR imaging. Although the risks inherent in pediatric projection imaging with CR and DR are low, efforts to reduce dose are worthwhile, so long as diagnostic quality is maintained. Long-standing recommendations for limiting radiation dose in pediatric projection imaging are still applicable to CR and DR.

  1. Nuclear scattering radiography

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    Three preliminary publications have described the principle and first results of Nuclear Scattering Radiography (NSR) as a method providing three dimensional information on the density distribution of matter in some structures: phantoms and spinal cord. We will report on a further step achieved by applying the method to a human head conserved in formol

  2. Compton radiography, 2

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    Compton radiography, a tomographic technic with Compton-scattered rays of a monochromatic gamma ray beam, was feasible of tomographing a chest phantom. The result suggested that the technic could be extended to imaging of the lung and the surrounding structures of the chest wall, mediastinum and liver in Compton tomographic mode. (auth.)

  3. Scanning equalization radiography

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    The invention is in the field of radiography and seeks to reduce the undesirable effects on a radiographic image due to variations in thickness of the irradiated object which cause large variations in exposure at the image plane that can exceed the practical or desirable exposure range of the film or other imaging medium. 17 figs

  4. Manual on industrial radiography

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    This manual is intended as a source of educational material to personnel seeking certification as industrial radiographers, and as a guide and reference text for educational organizations that are providng courses in industrial radiography. It covers the basic principles of x-ray and gamma radiation, radiation safety, films and film processing, welding, casting and forging, aircraft structures and components, radiographic techniques, and records

  5. High definition radiography

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    This paper describes the use of small X and gamma ray sources in industrial radiography. The emphasis is on how they can be used in the ''mass production'' situation or when a large number of tube to tubeplate welds are to be inspected

  6. Pet fish radiography: technique and case history reports

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    Radiography can be used to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of pet fish diseases. Handling, restraint and radiographic technique for the radiographic examination of pet fish is described. Quality diagnostic images can be obtained with standard radiographic equipment and radiographic techniques. Fishes with undifferentiated sarcoma, swim bladder herniation and scoliosis are three clinical examples that are described where radiography was used in the management of the patient. Conventional radiography appears to be best for evaluating skeletal and swim bladder diseases. Alternate imaging techniques such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging may enhance the evaluation of coelomic soft tissue structures

  7. Analysis of computer networks

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    This textbook presents the mathematical theory and techniques necessary for analyzing and modeling high-performance global networks, such as the Internet. The three main building blocks of high-performance networks are links, switching equipment connecting the links together, and software employed at the end nodes and intermediate switches. This book provides the basic techniques for modeling and analyzing these last two components. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Markov chains and queuing analysis, traffic modeling, interconnection networks and switch architectures and buffering strategies.   ·         Provides techniques for modeling and analysis of network software and switching equipment; ·         Discusses design options used to build efficient switching equipment; ·         Includes many worked examples of the application of discrete-time Markov chains to communication systems; ·         Covers the mathematical theory and techniques necessary for ana...

  8. Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis

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    2011-01-01

    This volume maps the watershed areas between two 'holy grails' of computer science: the identification and interpretation of affect -- including sentiment and mood. The expression of sentiment and mood involves the use of metaphors, especially in emotive situations. Affect computing is rooted in hermeneutics, philosophy, political science and sociology, and is now a key area of research in computer science. The 24/7 news sites and blogs facilitate the expression and shaping of opinion locally and globally. Sentiment analysis, based on text and data mining, is being used in the looking at news

  9. Analysis on Cloud Computing

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    Full Text Available Cloud storage enables users to remotelystore their data and enjoy the on-demand high quality cloud applications without the burden of local hardware and software management. Though the benefits are clear, such a service is also relinquishing users’ physical possession of their outsourced data, which inevitably poses new security risks towards the correctness of the data in cloud. In order to address this new problem and further achieve a secure and dependable cloud storage service, we propose in this paper a flexible distributed storage integrity auditing mechanism, utilizing the homomorphic token and distributed erasure-coded data. The proposed design allows users to audit the cloud storage with very lightweight communication and computation cost. The auditing result not only ensures strong cloud storage correctness guarantee, but also simultaneously achieves fast data error localization, i.e., the identification of misbehaving server. Considering the cloud data are dynamic in nature, the proposed design further supports secure and efficient dynamic operations on outsourced data, including block modification, deletion, and append.

  10. Interobserver agreement of findings in pediatric chest radiography

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    Chest radiography is a very useful diagnostic test because the high incidence and prevalence of respiratory diseases in children. Objective. To evaluate the interobserver agreement among physicians with different experience in chest radiography analysis in a pediatric sample. Material and methods. Agreement among six physicians; three residents of pediatrics, a pediatrician, a pediatrician neurologist and a radiologist was evaluated, according the presence of good radiological technique, hyperinsufflation, pleural compromise, atelectasis, interstitial and alveolar infiltrates. Statistic analysis was made with single agreement, 95% confidence intervals and kappa-statistic. Results. Although simple agreement is high, k statistic have in the majority of cases poor to fair values. Conclusions. Interobserver agreement is not adequate among physicians with different experience in pediatric chest radiography analysis. Chest radiography is an observe dependent diagnostic test.

  11. Rhinoceros Feet Step Out of a Rule-of-Thumb: A Wildlife Imaging Pioneering Approach of Synchronized Computed Tomography-Digital Radiography

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    Currently, radiography is the only imaging technique used to diagnose bone pathology in wild animals situated under “field conditions”. Nevertheless, while chronic foot disease in captive mega-herbivores is widely reported, foot radiographic imaging is confronted with scarcity of studies. Numerous hindrances lead to such limited numbers and it became very clear that the traditional perspective on bone imaging in domestic animals based on extensive studies and elaborated statistical evalua...

  12. Projection radiography and tomography

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    Our program on heavy-ion radiography began soon after heavy ions were accelerated to high energies. Heavy ions are capable of very high electron density discrimination combined with good radial image resolution and low dose. Since heavy-ion beams produce many secondries, plastic nuclear detectors have an advantage for recording heavy-ion images. Projection imaging is now a practical technique that can resolve density differences between normal tissue and tumor tissue in some cases in which X rays could not make a distinction. Initial attempts at heavy-ion tomography also indicate potential for high resolution in this field. The physical basis for heavy-ion radiography and tomographic reconstruction studies are discussed in detail

  13. Dose in conventional radiography

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    It has been pointed out that medical exposures are the most significant sources of exposure to ionizing radiation for the general population. Inside the medical exposures the most important is the X-ray use for diagnosis, which is by far the largest contribution to the average dose received by the population. From all studies performed in radiology the chest radiography is the most abundant. In an X-ray machine, voltage and current are combined to obtain a good image and a reduce dose, however due to the workload in a radiology service individual dose is not monitored. In order to evaluate the dose due to chest radiography in this work a plate phantom was built according to the ISO recommendations using methylmethacrylate walls and water. The phantom was used in the Imaging department of the Zacatecas General Hospital as a radiology patient asking for a chest study; using thermoluminescent dosimeters, TLD 100 the kerma at the surface entrance was determined. (Author)

  14. Quantitative film radiography

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    We have developed a system of quantitative radiography in order to produce quantitative images displaying homogeneity of parts. The materials that we characterize are synthetic composites and may contain important subtle density variations not discernible by examining a raw film x-radiograph. In order to quantitatively interpret film radiographs, it is necessary to digitize, interpret, and display the images. Our integrated system of quantitative radiography displays accurate, high-resolution pseudo-color images in units of density. We characterize approximately 10,000 parts per year in hundreds of different configurations and compositions with this system. This report discusses: the method; film processor monitoring and control; verifying film and processor performance; and correction of scatter effects

  15. Industrial Radiography Safety in Australia

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    The first applications of the imaging capability of X-rays were non-medical. Roentgen produced images of his shotgun, a compass and a set of weights in a closed box to show his colleagues. Prior to 1912, X-rays were used little outside the realms of medicine and dentistry because the X-ray tubes failed under the higher voltages required for industrial purposes. However, that changed in 1913 when high vacuum X-ray tubes designed by Coolidge became available. In 1922, industrial radiography took another step forward with the advent of the 200,000-volt X-ray tube that allowed radiographs of thick steel parts to be produced in a reasonable amount of time. In 1931 the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) permitted approval of fusion welded pressure vessels by x-ray, which promoted an acceptance and use of the method. That application continues. Radium became the initial gamma ray source for industrial radiography. The material allowed radiography of castings up to 30cm thick. During World War II, industrial radiography grew significantly as part of the US Navy's shipbuilding-program, and in 1946 gamma ray sources such as cobalt 60 and iridium 192 became available. These new sources gained rapid popularity because they emitted more intense radiation than radium and were less expensive. Present state: the majority of industrial radiography techniques have changed little since their inception. An image is captured, processed and analysed for evidence of fault or ded and analysed for evidence of fault or defect. Today however, the images are of higher quality and greater sensitivity, through the use of better quality films, smaller radiation sources and automated processing. Developments in electronics and computers now allow technicians to create a digital image, enhance it, transmit it or store it indefinitely. The most noticeable change in industrial radiography equipment from the technician's view would be the reduction in weight of the equipment for a given kV output. Never the less it remains cumbersome and often exceeds the prescribed OH and S single person lifting limits. The role of industrial radiography has expanded to inspect not only welds and castings, so that it now includes inspection of assembled and processed goods ranging from automotive air-bags to canned food. It is also used in security systems at airports and other facilities. Almost all these applications use cabinet systems which are rarely the subject of serious radiation incidents or accidents. Gamma ray inspection no longer uses radium. The most common radio-isotopes in use now are Cobalt 60 and Iridium 192. Their freedom from the need for an electrical power supply; their high radiation energy and the ability to place a source in positions of limited physical access, ensures the ongoing attraction of the method. The useful activity ranges of typical sources vary according to their application and the effect on total inspection costs. Common source activities in Australia range between 185 and 370 GBq for Cobalt 60; and between 1500 and 3700 GBq for Iridium 192. Outside Australia however there are recent reports of routine industrial radiography using more than 5500 GBq of Iridium 192. Thus it can be appreciated that any radiation accidents involving these high activity sources have the potential for significant radiation doses. Personal Dose Data: ARPANSA and its predecessor, the Australian Radiation Laboratory, has been providing a personal radiation monitoring service for some time, and releases a summary report every few years (ARPANSA/TR 139, ARL/TR 121, ARL/TR 107). The selected data shown in Table 2 indicate a downward trend in occupational doses received by industrial radiographers working in open site situations, which are potentially the most hazardous. This trend is encouraging, especially when the number of industrial radiographers is increasing. A comparison of the ARPANSA data indicate that whilst the average Australian industrial radiographer's annual dose is higher than the 400 ?Sv average for industrial radiographers in a d

  16. Digital radiography simulation for industrial applications with MCNPX

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    The energy dependent response of a BaFBr Image Plate detector was modeled and introduced in MCNPX radiography tally input. To convert MCNPX radiography tally output in 16 bits digital images, a post processing program called PROGRAMA IMAGEM is presented. Simulate images of a steel tube containing corrosion alveoli and grinded defects were compared with experimental images. The radiography technique used in all tests was double wall single image, DWSI, using an Iridium source (192Ir) touching the adjacent wall. Visual and perfilometric analysis showed that the methodology used for sensible material simulation and data post-processing makes simulate digital images comparable to experimental images. (author)

  17. Compton radiography, 1

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    Tomographic images of an object are obtainable by irradiating it with a collimated beam of monochromatic gamma rays and recording the resultant Compton rays scattered upward at right angles. This is the scattered-ray principle of the formation of a radiation image that differs from the traditional ''silhouette principle'' of radiography, and that bears prospects of stereopsis as well as cross-section tomography. (Evans, J.)

  18. Digital radiography in space.

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    Hart, Rob; Campbell, Mark R

    2002-06-01

    With the permanent habitation of the International Space Station, the planning of longer duration exploration missions, and the possibility of space tourism, it is likely that digital radiography will be needed in the future to support medical care in space. Ultrasound is currently the medical imaging modality of choice for spaceflight. Digital radiography in space is limited because of prohibitive launch costs (in the region of $20,000/kg) that severely restrict the volume, weight, and power requirements of medical care hardware. Technological increases in radiography, a predicted ten-fold decrease in future launch costs, and an increasing clinical need for definitive medical care in space will drive efforts to expand the ability to provide medical care in space including diagnostic imaging. Normal physiological responses to microgravity, in conjunction with the high-risk environment of spaceflight, increase the risk of injury and could imply an extended recovery period for common injuries. The advantages of gravity on Earth, such as the stabilization of patients undergoing radiography and the drainage of fluids, which provide radiographic contrast, are unavailable in space. This creates significant difficulties in patient immobilization and radiographic positioning. Gravity-dependent radiological signs, such as lipohemarthrosis in knee and shoulder trauma, air or fluid levels in pneumoperitoneum, pleural effusion, or bowel obstruction, and the apical pleural edge in pneumothorax become unavailable. Impaired healing processes such as delayed callus formation following fracture will have implications on imaging, and recovery time lines are unknown. The confined nature of spacecraft and the economic impossibility of launching lead-based personal protective equipment present significant challenges to crew radiation safety. A modified, free-floating radiographic C-arm device equipped with a digital detector and utilizing teleradiology support is proposed as a theoretical solution to help overcome many of these difficulties. PMID:12056679

  19. 10 CFR 34.20 - Performance requirements for industrial radiography equipment.

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    ...SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR INDUSTRIAL RADIOGRAPHIC OPERATIONS...Performance requirements for industrial radiography equipment. Equipment used in industrial radiographic operations...locations.html. (2) Engineering analysis may be...

  20. Introduction to industrial radiography

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    For the first topic in this book, more on introduction to nondestructive testing, also a little bit on another technique such as magnetic testing, liquid penetrated, ultrasonic testing and others. This book mentions more on radiographic testing and for that, more details on this topic such as history, definition and devices that use in this technique. This radiography testing firstly started with the discovering of x-ray by Wilhelm Roentgen (1895). So, on 1913, David Coolidge successfully invented and developed x-ray tube that could made x-ray more intensified and produced highly penetration forces. Radiography in Malaysia firstly started two years after the discovery made by Wilhelm Roentgen when one hospital here used the x-ray machine for medical purposes. Besides using x-ray, radiography also used gamma rays, and for these purpose, they used Co-60 and Ir-192. Now, more company based on NDT established to provide a service on inspection pipe and others. For filled these requirement, radiographer must take an exam to make them expert and trained well to work in this field. There is no advantage using this technique or other technique. So that's why this book was published to make people understand what is radiographic testing truly.

  1. JRR-3 neutron radiography facility

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    This year, a new neutron radiography facility was completed in the upgraded JRR-3. This facility consists of the thermal neutron radiography facility and the cold neutron radiography facility. It came into operation this March, and its characteristics have subsequently been measured. And its high performance was confirmed. In this paper, outline and characteristics of the facility, examples of utilization and techniques are described. (author)

  2. Comparison of the accuracy of digital and conventional radiography in evaluation of curved canals lengths.

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    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Proper shaping and cleaning of the root canal system is one of the most important aspects of endodontic treatment. To estimate the canal length before instrumentation in endodontic treatment, traditionally, conventional radiographic techniques and recently Direct Digital Radiography (DDR are applied. The application of computer technology to radiography has allowed less exposure time, image acquisition, manipulation, storage, retrieval, and transmission to remote sites in a digital format, elimination of wet processing and considerable reduction in the time lapse between image acquisition and display. The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of DDR versus conventional radiography in estimating endodontic file lengths of curved canals in first mandibular molars. Materials and Methods: In this test evaluation study, fourty extracted human first mandibular molars with root curvature were selected. Samples were divided into two groups: With root curvature less than 25? and more than 25?. Samples were mounted in plaster blocks and canal lengths were estimated by using DDR and conventional radiographs. Regression analysis and correlation coefficient were used to calculate statistical differences between the groups with P<0.05 as the limit of significance. Results: Conventional radiography was more precise in canals with less than 25 degrees curvature (P=0.160. While, DDR was more precise for canals with curvature more than 25 degrees (P=0.605. However, these differences were not statistically significant. Conclusion: The image quality of DDR system has improved to the point that it can now be used for estimating canal lengths, even for curved canals, with accuracy comparable to that of conventional radiography.

  3. Flash x-ray radiography

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    In scientific technological field, the flash X-ray radiography has long been known as an useful radiation source for the investigation of high speed phenomena and has been widely applied. This paper introduces the work on flash X- ray radiography in China. That includes: flash X-ray radiography system, portable pulsed X-ray system and powerful pulsed X-ray sources. These equipments have been widely used in the fields of ballistics, detonation and biomedical studies. This paper describes the developments in flash X- ray radiography which includes: flash radiographic biomedical studies, X-ray pulse generators of high repetition rate, tomography and other applications

  4. Quality assurance in digital radiography

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    At present, there is no standard way of evaluating performance characteristics of digital radiography systems. Continuous measurements of performance parameters are necessary in order to obtain images of high quality. Parameters of quality assurance in digital radiography, which can be evaluated with simple, quick methods, are spatial resolution, low-contrast detectability, dynamic range and exposure dose. Spatial resolution was determined by a lead bar pattern, whereas the other parameters were measured by commercially available phantoms. Performance measurements of 10 digital subtraction angiography (DSA) units and one digital radiography system for unsubtracted digital radiography were assessed. From these results, recommendations for performance parameter levels will be discussed. (author)

  5. Computational Discovery in Image Analysis.

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    ?eské Bud?jovice : Entomologický ústav AV ?R, 2001 - (Weyda, F.), s. 17-18 ISBN 80-901250-6-9. [Digitální zobrazování v biologii a medicín? 2001. ?eské Bud?jovice (CZ), 15.05.2001] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : computational discovery * image analysis Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  6. Study of positioning techniques for radiography

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    A good positioning technique is of great importance in radiology in order to obtain accurate diagnostic information and reduce the patient's X-ray exposure. In positioning training, students place the phantom on the table under an X-ray tube, adjust the position of the phantom, and repeat the positioning practices until they can obtain fine diagnostic images. As X-ray films are usually used in radiography, the development of such films is necessary. In this kind of training practice, it takes a great deal of time to obtain the X-ray image at the phantom position. It is desirable for students to perform positioning accurately and to confirm the results of positioning within a short time. In this article, we propose a new positioning training method using digital image processing. First, we scan the skull phantom by CT (computed tomography) and obtain CT images. Next, we measure the positioning information of the phantom under the X-ray equipment by using scene analysis. Then, we develop a method that produces the plane image corresponding to the detected phantom position under the X-ray tube. It is expected that our method will be useful as a teaching device to help in the practice of the positioning techniques for various organs without X-ray exposure and, furthermore, in the development of X-ray films. (author)

  7. Real-time neutron radiography

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    The main objective of the present thesis was develop and get operational a real-time neutron radiography system, at the IPEN-CNEN/SP. This system is installed inside the shielding of an old facility, designed in 1988, for film radiography, which is installed at the beam-hole 08 of the 5 MW, IEA-R1 Nuclear Research Reactor. The most important modifications at the such facility were the increase of the ?-radiation filter thickness, increase of the inner area of the shielding, design of a neutron collimator and a light tight box. The main characteristics of the neutron beam at the irradiation position are: flux: 1 x 106n/cm2s, collimation ratio 70, effective energy 7 meV, diameter 20 cm, neutron/? ratio ? 106n/cm2mrem. The real-time images have been obtained by means of an imaging system that consists of a screen scintillator, a light intensifier, a video camera, a digitizing frame grabber and a computer. The device composed by the scintillator and by the light intensifier is called LIXI (Light Intensifier X-ray Image). Improvements concerning image quality have been obtained by means of digital processing. The facility has been characterized in terms of its sensitivity for thickness discerning (?x), and spatial resolution (Ut) and the obtained values were (?x = 0.07 cm (LuciteTM) and Ut = 440 ?m. These results were complemented by the modulation transfer function and, when compared with r function and, when compared with those from literature, they show that the present system's viability for inspection of both static and dynamic events. (author)

  8. Evaluation of knee-joint cartilage and menisci ten years after isolated and combined ruptures of the medial collateral ligament. Investigation by weight-bearing radiography, MR imaging and analysis of proteoglycan fragments in the joint fluid

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    Purpose: To compare radiography, MR imaging, and chemical analysis in posttraumatic knees. Material and Methods: Ten matched pairs with either isolated partial rupture of the medial collateral ligament or combined medial collateral ligament/anterior cruciate ligament rupture were compared with matched controls 10 years after trauma. Weight-bearing radiographys and MR examinations were compared with proteoglycan fragment concentrations in the joint fluid. Results: The chemical analyses were similar in both trauma groups. The radiographs showed mild signs of arthrosis in half the patients with combined injury. MR images showed almost all injuried knees to have degenerative changes of various degrees in the cartilage and menisci. More frequent and more advanced changes were found after combined injury than after isolated injury (p<0.01). There were no changes in the controls. Conclusion: MR imaging is the best method for detecting and differentiating early posttraumatic knee arthrosis. (orig.)

  9. Computer vision in microstructural analysis

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    Srinivasan, Malur N.; Massarweh, W.; Hough, C. L.

    1992-01-01

    The following is a laboratory experiment designed to be performed by advanced-high school and beginning-college students. It is hoped that this experiment will create an interest in and further understanding of materials science. The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate that the microstructure of engineered materials is affected by the processing conditions in manufacture, and that it is possible to characterize the microstructure using image analysis with a computer. The principle of computer vision will first be introduced followed by the description of the system developed at Texas A&M University. This in turn will be followed by the description of the experiment to obtain differences in microstructure and the characterization of the microstructure using computer vision.

  10. Neutron radiography at Apsara reactor

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    Neutron radiography, a comparatively new non-destructive testing technique, is gaining more importance due to its unique capabilities in material characterization. Starting purely as a scientific curiosity, this technique has developed over the years and has taken its rightful place in diverse fields such as nuclear technology, aerospace, ordnance, metallurgy and biology. Since early seventies neutron radiography has been actively pursued at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay, for various applications using the 400 kW swimming pool type reactor, Apsara, as the neutron source. This report presents an account of neutron radiography work carried out in BARC, in both nuclear and non-nuclear applications and emphasizes the significance of neutron radiography for nuclear applications in particular. The unique features of neutron radiography in examining irradiated nuclear fuels and materials are also discussed. (author). 16 refs., 19 figs

  11. Computer aided safety analysis 1989

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    The meeting was conducted in a workshop style, to encourage involvement of all participants during the discussions. Forty-five (45) experts from 19 countries, plus 22 experts from the GDR participated in the meeting. A list of participants can be found at the end of this volume. Forty-two (42) papers were presented and discussed during the meeting. Additionally an open discussion was held on the possible directions of the IAEA programme on Computer Aided Safety Analysis. A summary of the conclusions of these discussions is presented in the publication. The remainder of this proceedings volume comprises the transcript of selected technical papers (22) presented in the meeting. It is the intention of the IAEA that the publication of these proceedings will extend the benefits of the discussions held during the meeting to a larger audience throughout the world. The Technical Committee/Workshop on Computer Aided Safety Analysis was organized by the IAEA in cooperation with the National Board for Safety and Radiological Protection (SAAS) of the German Democratic Republic in Berlin. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for discussions on experiences in the use of computer codes used for safety analysis of nuclear power plants. In particular it was intended to provide a forum for exchange of information among experts using computer codes for safety analysis under the Technical Cooperation Programme on Safety of WWER Type Reactors (RER/9/004) and other experts throughout the world. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 22 selected papers. Refs, figs tabs and pictures

  12. Temperature measurement by neutron resonance radiography

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    We present a new data analysis technique for obtaining temperatures from neutron resonance radiography measurements. The technique is applied to measurements on tantalum and rhenium foils, a high temperature engineering alloy and a model catalytic system. Temperatures have been obtained to an accuracy of better than ± 10C in the temperature range 210C to 6000C. The results are in good agreement with theoretical simulations. (author)

  13. Patient information extraction in digitized radiography

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    Wu, Hsien-huang P.

    2002-01-01

    Digital imagery is gradually replacing the traditional radiograph with the development of digital radiography and film scanner. This report presents a new method to extract the patient information number (PIN) field automatically from the film-scanned image using image analysis technique. To evaluate the PIN field extraction algorithm, 2 formats of label acquired from 2 different hospitals are tested. Given the available films with no constraints on the way the labels are written and position...

  14. Mathematics and physics of neutron radiography

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    This book provides detailed descriptions and analyses of selected experiments and their mathematical characterization. Also included are illustrative and quantitative procedures for applications. This book also discusses the radiography, nondestructive testing and nuclear reactor utilization. The contents discussed are: I: Introduction. II: Component Characterization. III: Object-Image Relations. IV: Rectangular Geometry. V: Cylindrical Geometry. VI: Two-Dimensional Analysis. VII: Object Scattering. VIII: Linear Systems Formulation. IX: Selected Topics. X: Neutron Radiographs. XI: Bibliography and References. Subject Index

  15. Scatter in cargo radiography

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    As a complement to passive detection systems, radiographic inspection of cargo is an increasingly important tool for homeland security because it has the potential to detect highly attenuating objects associated with special nuclear material or surrounding shielding, in addition to screening for items such as drugs or contraband. Radiographic detection of such threat objects relies on high image contrast between regions of different density and atomic number (Z). Threat detection is affected by scatter of the interrogating beam in the cargo, the radiographic system itself, and the surrounding environment, which degrades image contrast. Here, we estimate the extent to which scatter plays a role in radiographic imaging of cargo containers. Stochastic transport simulations were performed to determine the details of the radiography equipment and surrounding environment, which are important in reproducing measured data and to investigate scatter magnitudes for typical cargo. We find that scatter plays a stronger role in cargo radiography than in typical medical imaging scenarios, even for low-density cargo, with scatter-to-primary ratios ranging from 0.14 for very low density cargo, to between 0.20 and 0.40 for typical cargo, and higher yet for dense cargo.

  16. Investigation of low-dose radiography for the lumbar spine using digital radiography system

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    Objective: To evaluate the low dose performance of digital radiography (DR) system for radiography of the lumbar spine. Methods: In the experiment CDRAD2.0 contrast-detail phantom was used for the evaluating the relation between the image qualities of both the computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) and the entrance surface dose (ESD). Thirty images of adult lumbar spine were radiographed by CR and DR separately, with ESD of DR being set at 1/3 of that of CR. Six radiologists reviewed the images obtained with both CR and DR, focusing on the details of bone trabecula of the first and second lumbar spine. Results: In separate reading of either CR or DR images by the two groups, the results showed no statistically significant difference between CR and DR (t=0.369, P>0.05). In cross- comparison reading, the results also showed no statically significant difference in the image details of bony trabecula between CR and DR (t=0.471, P>0.05). Conclusion: The superior resolution, low noise and high detective quantum efficiency (DQE)characteristics of DR can be utilized to decrease the radiation dosage, while not compromising the imaging quality. (authors)

  17. Proton radiography for clinical applications

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    Proton imaging is not yet applied as a clinical routine, although its advantages have been demonstrated. In the context of quality assurance in proton therapy, proton images can be used to verify the correct positioning of the patient and to control the range of protons. Proton computed tomography (pCT) is a 3D imaging method appropriate for planning and verification of proton radiation treatments, because it allows evaluating the distributions of proton stopping power within the tissues and can be directly utilized when the patient is in the actual treatment position. The aim of the PRoton IMAging experiment, supported by INFN, and the PRIN 2006 project, supported by MIUR, is to realize a proton computed radiography (pCR) prototype for reconstruction of proton images from a single projection in order to validate the technique with pre-clinical studies and, eventually, to conceive the configuration of a complete pCT system. A preliminary experiment performed at the 250 MeV proton synchrotron of Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) allowed acquisition of experimental data before the completion of PRIMA project's prototype. In this paper, the results of the LLUMC experiment are reported and the reconstruction of proton images of two phantoms is discussed.

  18. Computational analysis of cerebral cortex

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    Takao, Hidemasa; Abe, Osamu; Ohtomo, Kuni [University of Tokyo, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan)

    2010-08-15

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used in many in vivo anatomical studies of the brain. Computational neuroanatomy is an expanding field of research, and a number of automated, unbiased, objective techniques have been developed to characterize structural changes in the brain using structural MRI without the need for time-consuming manual measurements. Voxel-based morphometry is one of the most widely used automated techniques to examine patterns of brain changes. Cortical thickness analysis is also becoming increasingly used as a tool for the study of cortical anatomy. Both techniques can be relatively easily used with freely available software packages. MRI data quality is important in order for the processed data to be accurate. In this review, we describe MRI data acquisition and preprocessing for morphometric analysis of the brain and present a brief summary of voxel-based morphometry and cortical thickness analysis. (orig.)

  19. Radiation dose distribution monitoring at neutron radiography facility area, Nuclear Energy Unit, Malaysia

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    One experiment was carried out to get the distribution of radiation doses at the neutron radiography facilities, Nuclear Energy Unit, Malaysia. The analysis was done to evaluate the safety level of the area. The analysis was used in neutron radiography work

  20. Computer aided analysis of disturbances

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    Computer aided analysis of disturbances and the prevention of failures (diagnosis and therapy control) in technological plants belong to the most important tasks of process control. Research in this field is very intensive due to increasing requirements to security and economy of process control and due to a remarkable increase of the efficiency of digital electronics. This publication concerns with analysis of disturbances in complex technological plants, especially in so called high risk processes. The presentation emphasizes theoretical concept of diagnosis and therapy control, modelling of the disturbance behaviour of the technological process and the man-machine-communication integrating artificial intelligence methods, e.g., expert system approach. Application is given for nuclear power plants. (author)

  1. Filters used in scoliosis radiography

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    The use of X-ray filters during full spinal radiography for scoliosis in adolescent patients is discussed. The filters compensate for differences in body thickness while maintaining optimum image quality. They also help to reduce patient dose

  2. Annual Scientific Report 2004-2005 Proton Radiography: Cross Section Measurements and Detector Development

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    Our research grant provides support for a program to measure forward production of neutrons and photons produced by high-energy proton beams striking a variety of targets. This will provide data essential to proton radiography. This work is carried out in conjunction with the Fermilab E-907 (MIPP) collaboration including physicists from Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Our group is responsible for the E907 forward neutron/photon calorimeters. We are taking a leading role in obtaining and analyzing the forward production data and in helping to develop an optimal detector for proton radiography. With the support of our Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Grant DE-FG03-03NA00077, we were able to design, build, and commission the calorimeters on budget and ahead of schedule. E-907 officially started physics running at Fermilab in January 2005. We expect to continue data taking through October 2005. The analysis of the data, which we expect will be challenging because data from many different detector systems must be understood and merged, will take several years. Our group is in a unique position to complete the measurements, analyze the data, and help set up a database to be used by LLNL and LANL to make this information accessible for proton radiography. This work will be done in conjunction with the Livermore Laboratory High Energy Physics and Computational Nuclear Physics Groups. The project is meeting or exceeding its technical milestones, while remaining within its budget

  3. Diagnostic capability of digital radiography of the chest using scanning laser stimulated luminescence

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    Diagnostic capability of Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR) of the chest was compared to the conventional radiography (CoR) using regular film-screen system. FCR utilizers imaging plates of scanning laser stimulated luminescence. Visibility of 14 structures of the chest radiography was evaluated by 3 radiologists in 100 pairs of FCR and CoR which were taken at the same time with the same exposure factors. FCR was superior to CoR especially in observation of the mediastinum and areas behind the heart and diaphragm. The minor fissure was better seen on CoR. Superiority of FCR to CoR was thought to be mainly due to the processed image of FCR, and the so-called normal image of FCR had little diagnostic advantage. Simulated abnormal densities: nodular, alveolar, and interstitial densities with a chest phantom, were made, and detectability of alteration of these densities on FCR and CoR was evaluated by 19 radiologists, using ROC curve analysis. FCR and CoR revealed the similar diagnostic capability in nodular and interstitial densities. In alveolar densities, however, FCR was statistically inferior to CoR. Nineteen radiologists were divided into 3 groups by their experience in radiology, and comparison was made as to their diagnostic capability with FCR and CoR in the same manner as described above. There was no significant difference among the groups with FCR in either density pattern. (author)

  4. Research Analysis of Cloud Computing?

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    G. Vijay Baskar; N. Sathees Kumar; N. Karthick?

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    Cloud Computing is the emerging buzzword in Information Technology. It is growing day by daydue to its rich features of services. It is a virtual pool of resources which are provided to the users throughInternet. Cloud computing is a new flavor of computing where our trend of using Internet changes. It is thefuture of Internet. It is also called as fifth generation of computing after Mainframe, Personal Computer,Client-Server Computing, and the Web. Nowadays, various Internet services are ava...

  5. Evaluation of diagnostic ability of CCD digital radiography in the detection of incipient dental caries

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    The purpose of this experiment was to evaluate the diagnostic ability of a CCD-based digital system (CDX-2000HQ) in the detection of incipient dental caries. 93 extracted human teeth with sound proximal surfaces and interproximal artificial cavities were radiographed using 4 imaging methods. Automatically processed No.2 Insight film (Eastman Kodak Co., U.S.A.) was used for conventional radiography, scanned images of conventional radiograms for indirect digital radiography were used. For the direct digital radiography, the CDX-2000HQ CCD system (Biomedisys Co. Korea) was used. The subtraction images were made from two direct digital images by Sunny program in the CDX-2000HQ system. Two radiologists and three endodontists examined the presence of lesions using a five-point confidence scale and compared the diagnostic ability by ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic) analysis and one way ANOVA test. The mean ROC areas of conventional radiography, indirect digital radiography, direct digital radiography, and digital subtraction radiography were 0.9093, 0.9102, 0.9184, and 0.9056, respectively. The diagnostic ability of direct digital radiography was better than the other imaging modalities, but there were no statistical differences among these imaging modalities (p>0.05). These results indicate that new CCD-based digital systems (CDX-2000HQ) have the potential to serve as an alternative to conventional radiography in the detection of incipient dental caries.n of incipient dental caries.

  6. Digital radiography - optimization of image quality through image processing. Digitale Radiographie - Optimierung der Bildqualitaet durch Bildverarbeitung

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    1991-01-01

    In the application of digital systems for classical projection radiography, the reproduction quality of the images on the screen or on the film printer can be improved through computer application. With the aid of a model of the signal string of a digital radiography system, the limits and possibilities of image processing are examined. The model covers X-ray exposure, the characteristics of the X-ray detector, image processing and characteristics of the reproducing media and the viewer. The criterion for the evaluation of image quality at different points of the signal string is the contrast-detail perceptibility which can be specified by calculation from the evaluation of the signal and noise components of the image. A method adapted to the model for the grey-scale transformation is described and the characteristics of a Wiener-filtration adapted to the detector are discussed. For the filtration, possibilities of practical implementation by recursive filters are compiled which represent an attractive solution because of their low computing expenditure. The considerations on the possibilities of image processing are illustrated by the example of an experimental, digital radiography system. (orig.) With 40 figs.

  7. An Analysis of Computer Applications.

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    1982-01-01

    Discusses computer/computing experiences at Ardsley High School (Westchester County, New York) to foster computer literacy and to show students how computers can be used to check/verify calculations. Focuses on programs developed for chemistry classes and problems with commercially available programs for physics. (JN)

  8. Personal Computer Transport Analysis Program

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    DiStefano, Frank, III; Wobick, Craig; Chapman, Kirt; McCloud, Peter

    2012-01-01

    The Personal Computer Transport Analysis Program (PCTAP) is C++ software used for analysis of thermal fluid systems. The program predicts thermal fluid system and component transients. The output consists of temperatures, flow rates, pressures, delta pressures, tank quantities, and gas quantities in the air, along with air scrubbing component performance. PCTAP s solution process assumes that the tubes in the system are well insulated so that only the heat transfer between fluid and tube wall and between adjacent tubes is modeled. The system described in the model file is broken down into its individual components; i.e., tubes, cold plates, heat exchangers, etc. A solution vector is built from the components and a flow is then simulated with fluid being transferred from one component to the next. The solution vector of components in the model file is built at the initiation of the run. This solution vector is simply a list of components in the order of their inlet dependency on other components. The component parameters are updated in the order in which they appear in the list at every time step. Once the solution vectors have been determined, PCTAP cycles through the components in the solution vector, executing their outlet function for each time-step increment.

  9. Numerical analysis of a neutron radiography-monitored infiltration experiment: Two-phase modeling using TOUGH2

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    Princ, Tomas; Sacha, Jan; Snehota, Michal

    2015-04-01

    It has been shown in ponded infiltration-outflow column experiments that true steady state flow is often not reached in certain soils exhibiting preferential flow. Experiments often show a temporal change of flow rate that can, in the case of experiments conducted on saturated samples at constant head gradients, be interpreted as variations of saturated hydraulic conductivity. It has also been shown that these variations can be caused by slow redistribution of entrapped air in the sample. The experiment presented in this study was conducted on a small fabricated sample with axially symmetrical inner geometry of material distribution. In preparing the sample, areas of fine sand were surrounded by continuous preferential pathways composed of coarse sand. Ponded infiltration was performed on the sample while monitoring using neutron imaging was conducted to obtain spatiotemporal information about the water content distribution in the sample. Results of the experiment revealed that during the quasi-steady state stage of the experiment the saturated hydraulic conductivity gradually decreased due to the transfer of air bubbles from fine sand to coarse sand. Flow through the coarse sand became partially blocked by air bubbles and the overall quasi-steady flow rate consequently decreased by 30% during six hours of infiltration. In an attempt to model this behavior, we simulated ponded infiltration in two dimensional (2D) domains using the EOS3 module of the numerical simulator TOUGH2 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). The main objective was to determine which types of preferential pathway patterns were prone to air entrapment and whether the air redistribution observed in the experiment could be numerically simulated. Modeling was conducted in three different 2D domains with increasing complexity of the preferential pathways' geometry. Analysis of the results confirmed that during ponded infiltration, water percolated fastest at the start of infiltration through the highly conductive regions (coarse sand). At the same time full saturation was not achieved during the steady state flow stage of the numerical experiment, which corresponds to the air entrapment in the preferential pathways seen in the neutron images. Some transfer of air from fine to coarse material was observed in the domain with the most complex preferential pathway geometry. The air redistribution visualized by neutron imaging in the column experiment was captured using numerical simulation (TOUGH2) but to a much smaller extent. A new modeling approach that simulates the behavior of air bubbles in near-saturated heterogeneous porous media more precisely is needed.

  10. High speed motion neutron radiography of two-phase flow

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    Current research in the area of two-phase flow utilizes a wide variety of sensing devices, but some limitations exist on the information which can be obtained. Neutron radiography is a feasible alternative to ''see'' the two-phase flow. A system to perform neutron radiographic analysis of dynamic events which occur on the order of several milliseconds has been developed at Oregon State University. Two different methods have been used to radiograph the simulated two-phase flow. These are pulsed, or ''flash'' radiography, and high speed movie neutron radiography. The pulsed method serves as a ''snap-shot'' with an exposure time ranging from 10 to 20 milliseconds. In high speed movie radiography, a scintillator is used to convert neutrons into light which is enhanced by an optical intensifier and then photographed by a high speed camera. Both types of radiography utilize the pulsing capability of the OSU TRIGA reactor. The principle difficulty with this type of neutron radiography is the fogging of the image due to the large amount of scattering in the water. This difficulty can be overcome by using thin regions for the two-phase flow or using heavy water instead of light water. The results obtained in this paper demonstrate the feasibility of using neutron radiography to obtain data in two-phase flow situations. Both movies and flash radiographs have been obtained of air bubbles in water and boiling from a heater element. The neutron radiographs of the boiling element sutron radiographs of the boiling element show both nucleate boiling and film boiling. (Auth.)

  11. Medium range energy proton nuclear scattering radiography

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    This thesis is concerned with a new application of the strong nuclear interaction aiming to radiographic analysis. In this work, some physical processes have been analyzed with detail; these processes play a fundamental role in method quality and limitations; they have been detailed to facilitate comprehension to scientists who are not nuclear physicists. To better appreciate specific qualities of the RDN (Radiography par Diffusion Nucleaire), a chapter reviews strong nuclear interaction properties. Then, the experimental device is described, processing and acquisition system. Spatial resolution and sensitivity limits are studied. Results are presented

  12. Influence of estrogen deficiency and tibolone therapy on trabecular and cortical bone evaluated by computed radiography system in rats Influência da deficiência estrogênica e do tratamento com tibolona no osso trabecular e cortical avaliada pelo sistema de radiografia computadorizada em ratas

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    Ana Carolina Bergmann de Carvalho; Gustavo Vieira Oliveira Fernandes; Inayá Lima; Davi Ferreira de Oliveira; Helene Nara Henriques; José Augusto Soares Pantaleão; José Mauro Granjeiro; Ricardo Tadeu Lopes; Maria Angélica Guzmán-Silva

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    PURPOSE: To verify the effects of tibolone administration on trabecular and cortical bone of ovariectomized female rats by computed radiography system (CRS). METHODS: The experiment was performed on two groups of rats previously ovariectomized, one received tibolone (OVX+T) while the other did not (OVX), those groups were compared to a control group (C) not ovariectomized. Tibolone administration (1mg/day) began thirty days after the ovariectomy and the treatment remained for five months. At ...

  13. Interactive computer programs in sequence data analysis.

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    We present interactive computer programs for the analysis of nucleic acid sequences. In order to handle these programs, minimum computer experience is sufficient. The nucleotide sequence of the human gamma globin gene complex is used as an example to illustrate the data analysis.

  14. Neutron radiography at Lucas Heights

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    The development and progress of neutron radiography at the Australian Atomic Energy Commission is described for the period 1972 to the present. The early work involved standardisation of sensitometric data for the indium transfer-foil techniques. The superiority of direct methods using gadolinium converter screens was recognised, and subsequent work was carried out using this process of imaging the neutron beam. More recently, the use of fluorescent intensifier screens has been investigated. Successful applications, in terms of regular and routine service work, have been limited to projects in the aircraft industry. Specific problems have been solved in the explosives, electronics and nuclear industries, and a successful research program involving the monitoring of in vivo plant root growth has been supported. Although the AAEC offers a routine commercial service in neutron radiography, the logistics of using an immobile reactor neutron source to solve problems in non-nuclear related fields remains a barrier to many potential Australian users of neutron radiography. (Auth.)

  15. Screening for tracheobronchial diseases with digital storage phosphor radiography

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    Digital storage phosphor radiography (FCR: Fuji computed radiography) has a wide dynamc range and unique postprocessing capabilities. This study was desingned to test whether chest imaging with FCR and its image processing would increase the accuracy of and confidence in the diagnosis of tracheobronchial abnormalities. In a phantom study, the performance of digital images having the appearance of a conventional chest radiograph was compared with that of a conventional system in detecting simulated tracheobronchial nodules. The digital images of lower kilovoltage (ROC area=0.647±0.035) were equivalent to the conventional radiographs (ROC area=0.620±0.028). On the other hand, nodule detectability was significantly improved in the digital images of higher kilovoltage (ROC area=0.826±0.020). The author also compared the impact of five postprocessing algorithms (standard image, wide latitude image, enhanced image, reversed image, and subtraction image). ROC analysis indicated that the default standard image (ROC area=0.826±0.020) was as good as an image with a linear rather than a sigmoid gradation curve (ROC area=0.843±0.020), an image with strong enhancement of high frequencies (ROC area=0.804±0.020), and an image with reversed gray scale polarity (RCO area=0.775±0.015). Therefore, these specific algorithms had no effect on the detection of tracheobronchial nodules. However, digital subtraction soft tissue images (ROC area=0.961±0.030) were significantly better t0.030) were significantly better than the control images. Clinical study also indicated that subtraction images improve diagnostic accuracy in tracheobronchial diseases. (author)

  16. Assessing the use of digital radiography and a real-time interactive pulmonary nodule analysis system for large population lung cancer screening

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    Rationale and objectives: To assess the use of chest digital radiograph (DR) assisted with a real-time interactive pulmonary nodule analysis system in large population lung cancer screening. Materials and methods: 346 DR/CR patient studies with corresponding CT images were selected from 12,500 patients screened for lung cancer from year 2007 to 2009. Two expert chest radiologists established CT-confirmed Gold Standard of nodules on DR/CR images with consensus. These cases were read by eight other chest radiologists (participating radiologists) first without using a real-time interactive pulmonary nodule analysis system and then re-read using the system. Performances of participating radiologists and the computer system were analyzed. Results: The computer system achieved similar performance on DR and CR images, with a detection rate of 76% and an average FPs of 2.0 per image. Before and after using the computer-aided detection system, the nodule detection sensitivities of the participating radiologists were 62.3% and 77.3% respectively, and the Az values increased from 0.794 to 0.831. Statistical analysis demonstrated statically significant improvement for the participating radiologists after using the computer analysis system with a P-value 0.05. Conclusion: The computer system could help radiologists identify more lesions, especially small ones that are more likely to be overlooked on chest DR/CR images, and could help reduce inter-observer diagnostic var help reduce inter-observer diagnostic variations, while its FPs were easy to recognize and dismiss. It is suggested that DR/CR assisted by the real-time interactive pulmonary nodule analysis system may be an effective means to screen large populations for lung cancer.

  17. Research Analysis of Cloud Computing?

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    Full Text Available Cloud Computing is the emerging buzzword in Information Technology. It is growing day by daydue to its rich features of services. It is a virtual pool of resources which are provided to the users throughInternet. Cloud computing is a new flavor of computing where our trend of using Internet changes. It is thefuture of Internet. It is also called as fifth generation of computing after Mainframe, Personal Computer,Client-Server Computing, and the Web. Nowadays, various Internet services are available in distributedmanner. To use these services in a feasible manner is a big question because sometimes many resourcesbecome idle, they are costly and increase the budget of organization. This is the great matter of concern,especially when the world is facing financial crisis. Cloud Computing can be the answer of these questions.In this paper, we have analyzed and highlighted the various aspects of Cloud Computing to find the actualityof the fifth generation computing in the form of cloud computing.

  18. Educational aspects of industrial radiography

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    The state of art of training and education in non-destructive testing in India, with special reference to industrial radiography is reviewed. Basic requirement of industry and potential of radioisotopes in industrial inspection are also described. Need for an organised training programme in industrial isotope radiography to exploit potentials for benefit of industry concurrent with the safety is stressed. A comprehensive training programme tailored to meet the needs of Indian industry is outlined. Benefits obtained from the course to the industry since the beginning of the training programme are briefly reviewed. (auth.)

  19. Computational intelligent data analysis for sustainable development

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    Going beyond performing simple analyses, researchers involved in the highly dynamic field of computational intelligent data analysis design algorithms that solve increasingly complex data problems in changing environments, including economic, environmental, and social data. Computational Intelligent Data Analysis for Sustainable Development presents novel methodologies for automatically processing these types of data to support rational decision making for sustainable development. Through numerous case studies and applications, it illustrates important data analysis methods, including mathemat

  20. Comparación de la radiografía simple y la tomografía computarizada en el diagnóstico de hernia discal tipo 1 en perros / Comparison of plain radiography and computed tomography in the diagnosis of type 1 disc herniation in dogs

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    Rosmery, Donaires V; Diego, Díaz C; Ysaac, Chipayo G; César, Gavidia C.

    Full Text Available Los objetivos del estudio fueron describir los hallazgos radiológicos de la radiografía simple en animales con sospecha de hernia discal y establecer su coincidencia con aquellos del examen tomográfico. Se estudiaron 16 pacientes caninos cuya evaluación neurológica reveló una disfunción neurológica [...] compatible a una compresión medular toracolumbar y una magnitud de lesión de grado III o superior. Dos pacientes no presentaron sospecha de diagnóstico de hernia discal en las dos pruebas y fueron retirados. La radiografía simple identificó 14 animales con signos radiográficos compatibles a una hernia discal. De estos, el 71.4% (10/14) de los resultados de los exámenes radiográficos y tomográficos fueron coincidentes en el diagnóstico de la enfermedad y la localización del espacio intervertebral afectado. Los signos radiográficos más frecuentes en los animales sospechosos a hernia discal tipo 1 por radiografía simple fueron la disminución del espacio intervertebral (13/14), disminución del foramen intervertebral (8/14) y opacidad del foramen intervertebral (4/14). Los hallazgos tomográficos de mayor presentación en los animales con hernia discal tipo 1 fueron la presencia de material discal en el canal medular (12/12), estenosis del canal medular (12/12) y la estenosis del espacio foraminal (8/12). El espacio intervertebral más afectado del segmento toracolumbar fue el L1-L2 (4/12). Se concluye que la radiografía simple no puede ser considerada como indicativo absoluto en el diagnóstico de hernia discal tipo 1 y, por lo tanto, es necesario complementar el diagnóstico con un examen tomográfico. Abstract in english The objectives of the study were to describe the radiologic findings of plain radiography in animals with suspected herniated disc and to establish coincidences with the computed tomography (CT) examination. Sixteen dogs were studied, whose neurological evaluation revealed a neurological dysfunction [...] compatible with thoracolumbar spinal cord compression and a magnitude of injury of grade III or higher. Two patients failed to show signs of disc herniation in both tests and were withdrawn from the study. Plain radiographies identified 14 animals with radiographic abnormalities consistent with a herniated disc. In 71.4% (10/14) of these cases, the results between radiographic and CT examinations coincided in the diagnosis of the presence of the disease and location of the affected intervertebral space. The radiographic findings most common in animals suspected to herniated disc type 1 were narrowed intervertebral space (13/14), decreased size intervertebral foramen (8/14) and opacity of the intervertebral foramen (4/14). The most common CT findings in animals with herniated disc type 1 were the presence of disc material in the spinal canal (12/12), spinal canal stenosis (12/12), and the foraminal space stenosis (8/12). The intervertebral space most affected thoracolumbar segment was the L1-L2 (4/12). The results show that plain radiography cannot be regarded as an absolute indicator in the diagnosis of type 1 disc herniation, and it should be complemented with a CT examination.

  1. CCD based digital radiography system

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    High spatial resolution CCD based digital radiography system is a new X-ray imaging diagnosis system developed in the latest years and becoming more and more popular in hospital. Compared with conventional DR and CR, CCD DR has better spatial resolution, better dynamic range and better stability. It describes the construction of the system, the system performances and experiment results. (authors)

  2. Feasibility study of gamma-ray medical radiography

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    This research explores the feasibility of using gamma-ray radiography in medical imaging. We will show that gamma-ray medical radiography has the potential to provide alternative diagnostic medical information to X-ray radiography. Approximately one Ci Am-241 radioactive source which emits mono-energetic 59.5 keV gamma rays was used. Several factors that influence the feasibility of this study were tested. They were the radiation source uniformity, image uniformity, and image quality parameters such as contrast, noise, and spatial resolution. In addition, several gamma-ray and X-ray images were acquired using humanoid phantoms. These images were recorded on computed radiography image receptors and displayed on a standard monitor. Visual assessments of these images were then conducted. The Am-241 radioactive source provided relatively uniform radiation exposure and images. Image noise and image contrast were mainly dependent on the exposure time and source size, whereas spatial resolution was dependent on source size and magnification factor. The gamma-ray humanoid phantom images were of lower quality than the X-ray images mainly due to the low radioactivity used and not enough exposure time. Nevertheless, the gamma-ray images displayed most of the main structures contained in the humanoid phantoms. Higher exposure rates and thus lower exposure times were estimated for different pure Am-241 source sizes that are hypothesized to provide high quality images similar to X- provide high quality images similar to X-ray images. For instance, a 10 mm source size of pure Am-241 with 7 s exposure time should produce images similar in contrast and noise to X-ray images. This research paves the way for the production and usage of a highly radioactive Am-241 source with the potential to lead to the feasibility of acceptable quality medical gamma-ray radiography. - Highlights: ? Characterized the performance of gamma-ray radiography. ? Displayed medical images of humanoid phantoms using gamma radiography. ? Am-241 has the right inherent parameters to be used in diagnostic medical imaging. ? Outlined the main advantages and disadvantages of using gamma-radiography. ? Production of a pure Am-241 will help in making the exposure times more clinically reasonable.

  3. Muon radiography and deformation analysis of the lava dome formed by the 1944 eruption of Usu, Hokkaido--contact between high-energy physics and volcano physics--.

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    K M Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Yokoyama, Izumi

    2008-01-01

    Lava domes are one of the conspicuous topographic features on volcanoes. The subsurface structure of the lava dome is important to discuss its formation mechanism. In the 1944 eruption of Volcano Usu, Hokkaido, a new lava dome was formed at its eastern foot. After the completion of the lava dome, various geophysical methods were applied to the dome to study its subsurface structure, but resulted in a rather ambiguous conclusion. Recently, from the results of the levelings, which were repeated during the eruption, "pseudo growth curves" of the lava dome were obtained. The curves suggest that the lava dome has a bulbous shape. In the present work, muon radiography, which previously proved effective in imaging the internal structure of Volcano Asama, has been applied to the Usu lava dome. The muon radiography measures the distribution of the "density length" of volcanic bodies when detectors are arranged properly. The result obtained is consistent with the model deduced from the pseudo growth curves. The measurement appears to afford useful method to clarify the subsurface structure of volcanoes and its temporal changes, and in its turn to discuss volcanic processes. This is a point of contact between high-energy physics and volcano physics. PMID:18941290

  4. Muon radiography and deformation analysis of the lava dome formed by the 1944 eruption of Usu, Hokkaido. Contact between high-energy physics and volcano physics

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    Lava domes are one of the conspicuous topographic features on volcanoes. The subsurface structure of the lava dome is important to discuss its formation mechanism. In the 1944 eruption of Volcano Usu, Hokkaido, a new lava dome was formed at its eastern foot. After the completion of the lava dome, various geophysical methods were applied to the dome to study its subsurface structure, but resulted in a rather ambiguous conclusion. Recently, from the results of the levelings, which were repeated during the eruption, 'pseudo growth curves' of the lava dome were obtained. The curves suggest that the lava dome has a bulbous shape. In the present work, muon radiography, which previously proved effective in imaging the internal structure of Volcano Asama, has been applied to the Usu lava dome. The muon radiography measures the distribution of the 'density length' of volcanic borides when detectors are arranged properly. The result obtained is consistent with the model deduced from the pseudo growth curves. The measurement appears to afford useful method to clarify the subsurface structure of volcanoes and its temporal changes, and in its turn to discuss volcanic processes. This is a point of contact between high-energy physics and volcano physics. (author)

  5. ????????? Analysis of Computer Network Security

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    Full Text Available ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????,?????,??????????,??,??,???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Accompanied the rapid expansion of computer networks with a wide range of popularity, on the one hand, it became the basic tools for people to exchange information. Openness, high efficiency and low cost are its benefits. On the other hand, more and more people feel it poses a threat to our information. Computer network security has become a long-term, comprehensive subject. It covers a wide range and various aspects: technology, equipment, management, strategy and man-made. This paper introduced the concept of computer network security and related techniques, such as: data encryption technology, system security technology, firewall technology, and specifically discussed the applications and responses to computer network security.

  6. Safety of fixed radiography bunkers

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    As the nuclear regulator in Canada, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) licences approximately 140 industrial radiography operations utilizing radioactive sources. Of this group, approximately 50 are known to be operating out of fixed radiography facilities, also commonly referred to as bunkers. Fixed facilities are located across the country and by definition are enclosed, shielded rooms, cells, vaults, or other areas in which radiography is performed. In accordance with CNSC regulations and license conditions, radiographers are required to keep an inventory of all nuclear substances in their possession. If the nuclear substance is contained within a radiation device, records of the exposure devices must be kept to include, the quantity of the nuclear substance contained within the device, the manner in which the nuclear substances are used, the dates on which and locations where the exposure device is operated, the date of acquisition and, where applicable, the date of disposal of the exposure device. The CNSC categorizes the practices and sources of industrial radiographers as a high risk to human health if not managed safely and securely. In Canada, a number of regulatory issues regarding fixed radiography bunkers have been identified, many of which could potentially lead to exposures that are higher than the Canadian Regulatory limit of 1 mSv/year for members of the public. The purpose of this paper is to share regulatory challenges as they pertain to sregulatory challenges as they pertain to safety in the operation of these fixed radiography bunkers. There has been extensive reporting of injuries to the public caused by orphaned radioactive sources; however, unnecessary exposure to the general public caused by inadequate shielding should not be ignored even though it is of a much lower magnitude of acuteness. (author)

  7. Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Computations

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    Engquist, Björn; Tsai, Yen-Hsi R

    2012-01-01

    This book is a snapshot of current research in multiscale modeling, computations and applications. It covers fundamental mathematical theory, numerical algorithms as well as practical computational advice for analysing single and multiphysics models containing a variety of scales in time and space. Complex fluids, porous media flow and oscillatory dynamical systems are treated in some extra depth, as well as tools like analytical and numerical homogenization, and fast multipole method.

  8. Impact analysis on a massively parallel computer

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    Advanced mathematical techniques and computer simulation play a major role in evaluating and enhancing the design of beverage cans, industrial, and transportation containers for improved performance. Numerical models are used to evaluate the impact requirements of containers used by the Department of Energy (DOE) for transporting radioactive materials. Many of these models are highly compute-intensive. An analysis may require several hours of computational time on current supercomputers despite the simplicity of the models being studied. As computer simulations and materials databases grow in complexity, massively parallel computers have become important tools. Massively parallel computational research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and its application to the impact analysis of shipping containers is briefly described in this paper

  9. Analogue Quantum Computers for Data Analysis

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    Analogue computers use continuous properties of physical system for modeling. In the paper is described possibility of modeling by analogue quantum computers for some model of data analysis. It is analogue associative memory and a formal neural network. A particularity of the models is combination of continuous internal processes with discrete set of output states. The modeling of the system by classical analogue computers was offered long times ago, but now it is not very e...

  10. Computer Complex for Analysis of Radiographic Images

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    Research and Development of Soft Hardware Family for Computer Analysis and Evaluation of Radiographs for Assurance a Better Ecological Safety of Oil and Gas Pipelines, Nuclear Power Engineering and Chemical Industry Institutions

  11. Application of neutron radiography techniques to the nondestructive testing of pyrotechnical components and space systems

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    Neutron radiography is used at every level of the development of pyrotechnical components and associated systems. Two examples of failure analysis are given in the cases of a pyrotechnical cutting machine and a pyrotechnical cartridge

  12. Present status of structural analysis computer programs

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    The computer programs for the structural analysis by finite element method have been used widely, and the authors carried out the bench mark test on the computer programs for finite element method already. As the result, they pointed out a number of problems concerning the use of the computer programs for finite element method. In this paper, the details of their development, the analytical function and the examples of calculation are described centering around the versatile computer programs used for the previous study. As the versatile computer programs for finite element method, ANSYS developed by Swanson Analysis System Co., USA, ASKA developed by ISD, West Germany, MARC developed by MARC Analysis Research Institute, NASTRAN developed by NASA, USA, SAP-4 developed by University of California, ADINA developed by MIT, NEPSAP developed by Lockheed Missile Space Co., BERSAFE developed by CEGB, Great Britain, EPACA developed by Franklin Research Institute, USA, and CREEP-PLAST developed by GE are briefly introduced. As the exampled of calculation, the thermal elastoplastic creep analysis of a cylinder by ANSYS, the elastoplastic analysis of a pressure vessel by ASKA, the analysis of a plate with double cracks by MARC, the analysis of the buckling of a shallow arch by MSC-NASTRAN, and the elastoplastic analysis of primary cooling pipes by ADINA are explained. (Kako, I.)

  13. Computational methods in power system analysis

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    Idema, Reijer

    2014-01-01

    This book treats state-of-the-art computational methods for power flow studies and contingency analysis. In the first part the authors present the relevant computational methods and mathematical concepts. In the second part, power flow and contingency analysis are treated. Furthermore, traditional methods to solve such problems are compared to modern solvers, developed using the knowledge of the first part of the book. Finally, these solvers are analyzed both theoretically and experimentally, clearly showing the benefits of the modern approach.

  14. Adjustment computations spatial data analysis

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    2011-01-01

    the complete guide to adjusting for measurement error-expanded and updated no measurement is ever exact. Adjustment Computations updates a classic, definitive text on surveying with the latest methodologies and tools for analyzing and adjusting errors with a focus on least squares adjustments, the most rigorous methodology available and the one on which accuracy standards for surveys are based. This extensively updated Fifth Edition shares new information on advances in modern software and GNSS-acquired data. Expanded sections offer a greater amount of computable problems and their worked solu

  15. Procedural errors during root canal preparation using rotary NiTi instruments detected by periapical radiography and cone beam computed tomography

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    Ana Helena Gonçalves de, Alencar; Paul M. H, Dummer; Henrique César Marçal, Oliveira; Jesus Djalma, Pécora; Carlos, Estrela.

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar erros de procedimentos ocorridos durante o preparo de canais radiculares após o uso de instrumentos de níquel-titânio (NiTi) acionados a motor, avaliados por dois métodos de exame por imagens. Quarenta molares humanos extraídos, superiores e inferiores, foram a [...] leatoriamente divididos em dois grupos e tratados por dois especialistas em Endodontia (n=10) e dois estudantes de Odontologia (n=10). O sistema rotatório ProTaper UniversalTM foi usado para preparar os canais radiculares e, a seguir estes foram obturados com cimento AH PlusTM e guta percha. Radiografias periapicais (RP) e tomografia computadorizada de feixe cônico (TCFC) foram obtidas e avaliadas por dois examinadores para verificar a ocorrência de erros de procedimentos (instrumentos fraturados, perfurações e transporte apical). O teste do qui-quadrado com nível de significância de 0,05 foi usado para análise estatística. Frente a comparação dos métodos de exames por imagens não houve diferenças significantes (p>0,05). Na análise de erros de procedimentos (fraturas de instrumentos, perfurações e transportes apicais) não houve diferenças estatisticamente significantes nos níveis de operadores e nem entre grupos de dentes. Em vista da baixa incidência de erros de procedimentos durante o preparo de canais radiculares realizados por estudantes, a introdução de instrumentos de NiTi apresenta potencial no ensino da graduação. RP e TCFC permitiram detectar erros de procedimentos durante o preparo de canais radiculares, porém, a TCFC oferece maiores recursos para o diagnóstico. Abstract in english This study detected procedural errors created by rotary nickel-titanium (NiTi) instruments during root canal preparation by two imaging methods. Forty extracted human maxillary and mandibular molars were divided randomly into two groups and treated by two endodontists (n=10) and two undergraduate de [...] ntal students (n=10). The ProTaper UniversalTM Rotary System was used to shape the canals and then they were filled using AH PlusTM sealer and gutta-percha. Periapical radiographs (PR) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images were obtained and two examiners, who evaluated them to verify the occurrence of procedural errors (fractured instruments, perforations, and canal transportation). The Chi-square test at 0.05 level of significance was used for statistical analyses. There were no significant differences (p>0.05) between the imaging methods. In the analysis of procedural errors, there was no significant difference (p>0.05) between the groups of operators (endodontists vs. students) nor between tooth groups (maxillary molars vs. mandibular molars). In view of the low incidence of procedural errors during root canal preparation performed by students the introduction of rotary NiTi instruments has potential in undergraduate teaching. PR and CBCT permitted the detection of procedural errors, but the CBCT images offer more recourse for diagnosis.

  16. Digital chest radiography: an update on modern technology, dose containment and control of image quality

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    Schaefer-Prokop, Cornelia; Neitzel, Ulrich; Venema, Henk W.; Uffmann, Martin; Prokop, Mathias

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    The introduction of digital radiography not only has revolutionized communication between radiologists and clinicians, but also has improved image quality and allowed for further reduction of patient exposure. However, digital radiography also poses risks, such as unnoticed increases in patient dose and suboptimum image processing that may lead to suppression of diagnostic information. Advanced processing techniques, such as temporal subtraction, dual-energy subtraction and computer-aided det...

  17. Mature students' perspectives of studying radiography

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    The study set out to explore the experiences of all final year mature students on a diagnostic radiography course, in one United Kingdom University. The aims were to identify any difficulties they may have had and to make recommendations to improve mature students' learning experiences with the hope of lowering attrition rates in this group. A qualitative study involving one-to-one audio recorded interviews was utilised. Analysis of the transcripts of interviews suggested that the group believed that their maturity and previous experiences helped them in the clinical environment and put them in a good position, when asked, to counsel younger students. However for some of the mature students these experiential skills did not extend fully into seeking appropriate support for themselves. The mature students were found to be highly motivated but there was a conflict between balancing clinical and academic aspects of studying as well as balancing studying with home life. The group was found to be unprepared for the volume of academic work and its detrimental effect on family life as they sacrificed other aspects of their lives in order to complete the course. It is recommended that forewarning and forearming prospective mature students be considered by radiography education providers. Setting up and utilising an on-line forum providing a 24/7 peer support environment would aid in coping with academic, clinical or personal problems

  18. Nuclear track radiography of 'hot' aerosol particles

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    Boulyga, S F; Kievets, M K; Lomonosova, E M; Zhuk, I V; Yaroshevich, O I; Perelygin, V P; Petrova, R I; Brandt, R; Vater, P

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    Nuclear track radiography was applied to identify aerosol 'hot' particles which contain elements of nuclear fuel and fallout after Chernobyl NPP accident. For the determination of the content of transuranium elements in radioactive aerosols the measurement of the alpha-activity of 'hot' particles by SSNTD was used in this work, as well as radiography of fission fragments formed as a result of the reactions (n,f) and (gamma,f) in the irradiation of aerosol filters by thermal neutrons and high energy gamma quanta. The technique allowed the sizes and alpha-activity of 'hot' particles to be determined without extracting them from the filter, as well as the determination of the uranium content and its enrichment by sup 2 sup 3 sup 5 U, sup 2 sup 3 sup 9 Pu and sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Pu isotopes. Sensitivity of determination of alpha activity by fission method is 5x10 sup - sup 6 Bq per particle. The software for the system of image analysis was created. It ensured the identification of track clusters on an optical imag...

  19. Diagnostic value of full-mouth radiography in cats

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    Objective-To determine the diagnostic value of full-mouth radiographyin cats.Sample Population-115 cats referred for dental treatment without a previous full-mouth radiographic series available. Procedure-In a prospective nested case-control analysis of multiple outcomes in a hospital cohort of cats referred for dental treatment, full-mouth radiography was done prior to oral examination and charting. After treatment, the clinical and radiographic findings were compared, with reference to presenting problems, main clinical findings, additional information obtained from radiography and unexpected radiographic findings. Importance of the radiographic findings in therapeutic decision making was assessed. Results-The main clinical findings were radiographically confirmed in all cats. Odontoclastic resorption lesions, missed on clinical examination, were diagnosed in 8.7% of cats. Analysis of selected presenting problems and main clinical findings yielded significantly increased odds ratios for a variety of other conditions, either expected or unexpected. Radiographs of teeth without clinical lesions yielded incidental or clinically important findings in 4.8 and 41.7% of cats, respectively, and were considered of no clinical value in 53.6%. Radiographs of teeth with clinical lesions merely confirmed the findings in 13.9% of cats, but yielded additional or clinically essential information in 53.9 and 32.2%, respectively. Clinical Relevance-The diagnostic yield of full-mouth radiography in new feline patients referred for dental treatment is high, and routine use of full-mouth radiography is justifiable

  20. Accidents in industrial radiography in Brazil from 2005 to 2010

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    Analysis of accidents occurring in industrial radiography in Brazil from 2005 until 2010 led to the study of the main characteristics of the events, their risks and dangers. This study outlines the main doubts on the subject, through a simplified analysis of the contents of high dose reports sent to CNEN by the companies that provide services for industrial radiography and from examining the growing number of radioactive sources for industrial radiography in Brazil, over this period. We classified the recorded events, as incidents, accidents, negligence, sabotage, and others, and studied their main consequences. We concluded that from 76 accidents that occurred during that period - 25 were real accidents, 13 minor accidents and 22 were inadvertent incidents. We found that the rate of growth in the number of sources is much greater than the rate of growth of accidents, with a ratio of 7.57 between them. The continuation of this study over some years, will allow the construction of a pyramid of accidents like the one developed by the Insurance Company of North America, specifically for industrial radiography to forecast the number of incidents and accidents that lead to serious or fatal injury. (author)

  1. Measurements of water distributions in in-plane direction of a PEFC by using neutron radiography and analysis of gas-velocity distributions in the channel and the GDL

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    Visualization and measurement of water distributions in a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) were carried out by means of neutron radiography for clarifying water effects on the performances. The two-dimensional water distributions were applied for a network model. It analyzes the gas-velocity distributions depending on the local pressure drop which is affected by the gas-flow rate and the water accumulation. Formation of the accumulated water in the channel was assumed based on measurement results of water distributions in through-plane direction. Furthermore, it was estimated that maximum water accumulation in the gas diffusion layer (GDL) and mechanism of water discharge from the GDL to the channel. From the analysis results, change of gas-velocity distributions depending on the water accumulation in the PEFC could be obtained. (author)

  2. ENDODONTIC MANAGEMENT OF A MAXILLARY FIRST MOLAR WITH FIVE CANALS WITH THE AID OF CONE BEAM COMPUTED RADIOGRAPHY: A CASE REPORT

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    Full Text Available This article presents a unique case of maxillary first molar with five canals. Cone beam computed tomography, as a complementary imaging device is used in confirming this unusual canal morphology and completing the endodontic treatment. This case report throws light into the possible variations in root canal anatomy and illustrates the use of imaging modalities like CBCT as a diagnostic adjunct.

  3. Distributed computing and nuclear reactor analysis

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    Large-scale scientific and engineering calculations for nuclear reactor analysis can now be carried out effectively in a distributed computing environment, at costs far lower than for traditional mainframes. The distributed computing environment must include support for traditional system services, such as a queuing system for batch work, reliable filesystem backups, and parallel processing capabilities for large jobs. All ANL computer codes for reactor analysis have been adapted successfully to a distributed system based on workstations and X-terminals. Distributed parallel processing has been demonstrated to be effective for long-running Monte Carlo calculations

  4. Is radiography justified for the evaluation of patients presenting with cervical spine trauma?

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    Theocharopoulos, Nicholas; Chatzakis, Georgios; Damilakis, John [Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, Iraklion, 71003 Crete (Greece) and Department of Natural Sciences, Technological Education Institute of Crete, P.O. Box 140, Iraklion 71004 Crete (Greece); Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, Iraklion, 71003 Crete (Greece); Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208, Iraklion, 71003 Crete (Greece)

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    Conventional radiography has been for decades the standard method of evaluation for cervical spine trauma patients. However, currently available helical multidetector CT scanners allow multiplanar reconstruction of images, leading to increased diagnostic accuracy. The purpose of this study was to determine the relative benefit/risk ratio between cervical spine CT and cervical spine radiography and between cervical spine CT and cervical spine radiography, followed by CT as an adjunct for positive findings. A decision analysis model for the determination of the optimum imaging technique was developed. The sensitivity and specificity of CT and radiography were obtained by dedicated meta-analysis. Lifetime attributable risk of mortal cancer from CT and radiography was calculated using updated organ-specific risk coefficients and organ-absorbed doses. Patient organ doses from radiography were calculated using Monte Carlo techniques, simulated exposures performed on an anthropomorphic phantom, and thermoluminescence dosimetry. A prospective patient study was performed regarding helical CT scans of the cervical spine. Patient doses were calculated based on the dose-length-product values and Monte Carlo-based CT dosimetry software program. Three groups of patient risk for cervical spine fracture were incorporated in the decision model on the basis of hypothetical trauma mechanism and clinical findings. Radiation effects were assessed separately for males and females for four age groups (20, 40, 60, and 80 yr old). Effective dose from radiography amounts to 0.050 mSv and from a typical CT scan to 3.8 mSv. The use of CT in a hypothetical cohort of 10{sup 6} patients prevents approximately 130 incidents of paralysis in the low risk group (a priori fracture probability of 0.5%), 500 in the moderate risk group (a priori fracture probability of 2%), and 5100 in the high risk group (a priori fracture probability of 20%). The expense of this CT-based prevention is 15-32 additional radiogenic lethal cancer incidents. According to the decision model calculations, the use of CT is more favorable over the use of radiography alone or radiography with CT by a factor of 13, for low risk 20 yr old patients, to a factor of 23, for high risk patients younger than 80 yr old. The radiography/CT imaging strategy slightly outperforms plain radiography for high and moderate risk patients. Regardless of the patient age, sex, and fracture risk, the higher diagnostic accuracy obtained by the CT examination counterbalances the increase in dose compared to plain radiography or radiography followed by CT only for positive radiographs and renders CT utilization justified and the radiographic screening redundant.

  5. Digital radiography and advanced imaging techniques in dentistry

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Since the discovery of x-rays in 1895, film has been the primary medium for capturing, displaying and storing radiographic images. Digital or filmless radiography is slowly being adopted by the dental profession. Digital radiography offers a number of capabilities compared with conventional radiography, such as postprocessing, electronic archiving, concurrent access to images, and improved data distribution. Computer based applications which are used for quantitative measurements and evaluations on digital images for better user interpretation. New diagnostic imaging processes are improved connected with the technological progress of computer systems. Since the first clinical use of computed tomography (CT scans in 1972, technological development has been rapid. Dental volumetric tomography (DVT, uniquely used for dentomaxillofacial imaging came to the market owing to recent rapid developments in digital radiology technology and is becoming more popular in dental applications. Low radiation dose cone beam computed tomography (CBCT units that are commercially available at a lower cost than CT units, has performed valuable diagnostic information for dentists. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2013; 22(2.000: 230-238

  6. Accuracy in the Diagnosis of the Mental Nerve Loop: A Comparative Study Between Panoramic Radiography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography / Precisión en el Diagnóstico del Bucle del Nervio Mental: Estudio Comparativo entre Radiografía Panorámica y Tomografía Computadorizada de Haz Cónico

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    Carlos Eduardo Gomes do, Couto-Filho; Paulo Hemerson de, Moraes; Maria Beatriz Carrazzone, Alonso; Francisco, Haiter-Neto; Sergio, Olate; José Ricardo de, Albergaria-Barbosa.

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    Full Text Available Implantes dentales y la osteotomía de mentón son realizadas en el cuerpo mandibular y el nervio mental es un importante limite anatómico. El objetivo de esta investigación es conocer la posición del bucle del nervio mental comparando resultados entre radiografia panorámica y tomografía computadoriza [...] da de haz cónico (TCHC). Fueron analizadas 94 hemimandíbulas; la muestra de pacientes de sexo feminino y masculino con edades fluctuando entre 18 y 52 años (edad media, 35 años) seleccionados de la base de datos de pacientes de la División de Radiología de la Facultad de Odontología de Piracicaba, Universidad Estadual de Campinas; el bucle anterior (BA) del nervio mental fue evaluado según su presencia o ausencia, el cual fue clasificado como rectilíneo o curvilíneo obteniéndose el largo total del bucle; las observaciones fueron realizadas en radiografías panorámicas digitales (RP) y en TCHC de acuerdo a técnicas de rutina. La frecuencia de identificación del BA en RP y TCHC fue diferente: en la PR, el BA se identificó en un 42,6% de los casos y solo el 12,8% fue bilateral. En contraste, el BA fue detectado en el 29,8% de la muestra utilizando TCHC, con un 6,4% bilateral; la comparación estadística entre RP y TCHC muestra que la RP lleva a diagnósticos falsos positivos de la muestra de BA. De acuerdo con los resultados de este estudio, la frecuencia de BA es baja. Por este motivo se puede asumir que esta es una condición anatómica poco frecuente en la población estudiada. Abstract in english Dental implant and chin osteotomy are executed on the mandible body and the mental nerve is an important anatomical limit. The aim of this research was to know the position of the mental nerve loop comparing result in panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography. We analyzed 94 hemimandib [...] les and the patient sample comprised female and male subjects of ages ranging from 18 to 52 years (mean age, 35 years) selected randomly from the database of patients at the Division of Oral Radiology at Piracicaba Dental School State University of Campinas; the anterior loop (AL) of the mental nerve was evaluated regarding the presence or absence, which was classified as rectilinear or curvilinear and measurement of its length was obtained. The observations were made in the digital panoramic radiography (PR) and the cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) according to a routine technique. The frequencies of the AL identified through PR and CBCT were different: in PR the loop was identified in 42.6% of cases, and only 12.8% were bilateral. In contrast, the AL was detected in 29.8% of the samples using CBCT, with 6.4% being bilateral; Statistical comparison between PR and CBCT showed that the PR led to false-positive diagnosis of the AL in this sample. According to the results of this study, the frequency of AL is low. Thus, it can be assumed that it is not a common condition in this population.

  7. Image quality in conventional lumbar spine radiography

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    Conventional radiography contributes for the majority of examinations in radiology departments. Based on the European Commission Quality Criteria we evaluated the effects on image quality when applying the new post-processing tool Diamond View (Siemens AG Medical Solutions, Germany) to conventional lumbar spine radiographs. 100 digital image pairs in two directions in two planes of lumbar spine radiographs were prospectively evaluated by two radiologists. Statistical analysis was performed with a p-value < .05 considered as significant. Images were evaluated on basis of the modified imaging Quality Criteria by the Commission of the European Communities, rated on a five-point scale. Statistical analysis showed an overall tendency for improved image quality of Diamond View (DV) for all criteria. Significant differences could be found in most of the criteria. Additional phantom analyses supported the advantage of DV. In conclusion DV improves image quality in conventional lumbar spine radiographs.

  8. Industrial radiography X and Gamma

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    This publication gives a practical orientation on industrial radiography. The first chapters deal with basic facts that are useful for professional work in this field. It comprises topics such as generation of X-rays, equipment being used, radiographic films, sensibility, and the penetrameters used. This publication also describes the most used radiographic techniques and the processing of the radiographic film. It contains practical recommendations on how to obtain a good radiographic inspection. It states the reasons for defects in the radiographies. Two annexes are attached which include tables for the selection of penetrameters according to the ASME and DIN codes as well as the time needed for development and fixing according to the temperature

  9. Comparative Analysis Of Cloud Computing Security Issues

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Almost all the organizations are seriously thinking to adopt the cloud computingservices, seeing its benefits in terms of cost, accessibility, availability, flexibility andhighly automated process of updation. Cloud Computing enhance the current capabilitiesdynamically without further investment. Cloud Computing is a band of resources, applicationsand services. In cloud computing customer’s access IT related services in terms of infrastructure platform and software without getting knowledge of underlying technologies. With the executionof cloud computing, organizations have strong concerns about the security of their data.Organizations are hesitating to take initiatives in the deployment of their businesses due to data security problem. This paper gives an overview of cloud computing and analysis of security issues in cloud computing.

  10. Advances in radiography and fluoroscopy

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    The use of x-ray radiography and fluoroscopy to make engineering measurements of the dynamic behaviour of a number of components within a gas turbine engine as part of its development process, to quantify clearances and movements throughout its operating range and to image and quantitatively measure the movements of flows of engine fluids such as oil and kerosene, is described. (U.K.)

  11. Material examination by neutron radiography

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    Neutron radiography as a non-destructive testing technique has played a prominent role in the development of fuel for research and power reactors; studying of dimensional changes due to irradiation; inspection of corrosion in airframe structures and propeller blades; detection of light components and materials in explosives and investigation of transport of water into building materials etc. The development of a neutron radiography facility by extracting a beam of thermal neutrons through a radial beam port around the Pakistan Research Reactor-1 is described. Graphite block of 30 cm thickness and bismuth block of 25 cm thickness have been used to boost-up thermal neutrons flux level and filter out high energy gamma radiation from the beam respectively. Thermal neutron flux level of the order of 1.06 x 106n cm-2 s-1 and a neutron flux to gamma ray dose ratio of the order of 105 n cm-2 /mR have been measured at the object position which make the facility useful for investigation of material characteristics and properties applying direct neutron radiography method. The facility has been subjected to modifications and changes in order to enhance thermal neutron flux level and reduce the exposure time for better image quality at the object position. The use of beam purity and sensitivity indicators for determining the beam constituents and spatial resolution of the technique is discussed. Visibility of holes under the lead and acrylic step wedges categorize the facility folic step wedges categorize the facility for direct applications. Neutron cross-sections for different metallic as well as composite materials have been determined by applying neutron radiographic technique. The use of neutron radiography as a complimentary technique to ensure the quality of nuclear fuel in addition to other applications like detection of light components in explosives and pyrotechnic devices is investigated. Detection of corrosion in aluminum joints, deformation in aeronautical components and honeycomb structures is discussed. (author)

  12. Radiological security for industrial radiography

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    This report comprises the basic notions of nucleonics, simple calculations for point sources, X-rays, calculations for coatings, standards for radiation protection and industrial radiography instruments. The preceding sums up with the biological effects of ionizing radiation. This is a guide for people who wish to pass examinations, to get the license for radiological safety, for operators on gamma-graphic sources, which work in the country. It is a requirement for work with this kind of radioactive sources

  13. Radiation safety for site radiography

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    This guidance is an update of the 1975 Code of Practice for Site Radiography and is for the use of employers and their radiographers who carry out site work. The subject is discussed under the following headings: Administrative organization, Personnel requirements, Equipment (x-ray and gamma-ray equipment, security, pipeline crawler equipment and safety equipment) Work methods and monitoring, Carriage of sources, Contingency plans, Legal considerations. (U.K.)

  14. Patient doses in chiropractic radiography

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    In New Zealand chiroptractic radiography is of the spinal column and pelvis. A wide variety of different techniques is used and in particular because of their need to assess the relationships of bone and spinal structures to each other, chiropractors tend to use large x-ray field sizes. This in turn gives rise to the use of beam-shaping filters and diaphragms, to improve image quality over areas of the body where the body thickness may vary markedly, and to reduce the patient dose. Reference doses and examples of good radiographic technique for chiropractic radiography have been derived using the survey data. The examples of good chiroptractic radiographic technuique have some similarities with those for medical radiography of corresponding body parts, with the addition of the use of beam shaping filters and diaphragms whter appropriate. The diagnostic requiremnets for each chiroptractic radiographic projection have not been specifies. It is hoped that the chiroptractic profession can provide this information. (author). 3 refs., 1 tab

  15. An inventory of biomedical imaging physics elements-of-competence for diagnostic radiography education in Europe

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    Purpose: To develop an inventory of biomedical physics elements-of-competence for diagnostic radiography education in Europe. Method: Research articles in the English literature and UK documentation pertinent to radiography education, competences and role development were subjected to a rigorous analysis of content from a functional and competence analysis perspective. Translations of radiography curricula from across Europe and relevant EU legislation were likewise analysed to ensure a pan-European perspective. Broad Subject Specific Competences for diagnostic radiography that included major biomedical physics components were singled out. These competences were in turn carefully deconstructed into specific elements-of-competence and those elements falling within the biomedical physics learning domain inventorised. A pilot version of the inventory was evaluated by participants during a meeting of the Higher Education Network for Radiography in Europe (HENRE), held in Marsascala, Malta, in November 2004. The inventory was further refined taking into consideration suggestions by HENRE members and scientific, professional and educational developments. Findings: The evaluation of the pilot inventory was very positive and indicated that the overall structure of the inventory was sensible, easily understood and acceptable - hence a good foundation for further development. Conclusions: Use of the inventory by radiography programme leaders and biomedical physics educators wouaders and biomedical physics educators would guarantee that all necessary physics elements-of-competence underpinning the safe, effective and economical use of imaging devices are included within radiography curricula. It will also ensure the relevancy of physics content within radiography education. The inventory is designed to be a pragmatic tool for curriculum development across the entire range of radiography education up to doctorate level and irrespective of whether curriculum delivery is discipline-based or integrated, presentation-based or problem-based. It is suggested that the methodology used in the evolution of the inventory be applied to the development of inventories of elements-of-competence for other learning domains within health professional curricula

  16. Neutron radiography at the Risoe National Laboratory

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    In this report six papers are collected which will be presented at the First World Conference on Neutron Radiography in San Diego, U.S.A., 7 - 10 December 1981. They are preceded by a short description of the activities of Risoe National Laboratory in the field of post-irradiation examination of nuclear fuel. One of the nondestructive methods used for this examination is neutron radiography. In the six conference papers different aspects of neutron radiography performed at Risoe are presented. (author)

  17. Qualitative methods in radiography research: a proposed framework

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    Introduction: While radiography is currently developing a research base, which is important in terms of professional development and informing practice and policy issues in the field, the amount of research published by radiographers remains limited. However, a range of qualitative methods offer further opportunities for radiography research. Purpose: This paper briefly introduces a number of key qualitative methods (qualitative interviews, focus groups, observational methods, diary methods and document/text analysis) and sketches one possible framework for future qualitative work in radiography research. The framework focuses upon three areas for study: intra-professional issues; inter-professional issues; and clinical practice, patient and health delivery issues. While the paper outlines broad areas for future focus rather than providing a detailed protocol for how individual pieces of research should be conducted, a few research questions have been chosen and examples of possible qualitative methods required to answer such questions are outlined for each area. Conclusion: Given the challenges and opportunities currently facing the development of a research base within radiography, the outline of key qualitative methods and broad areas suitable for their application is offered as a useful tool for those within the profession looking to embark upon or enhance their research career

  18. Measurement of Soot Deposition in Automotive Components Using Neutron Radiography

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    About 40% of air pollution is generated by vehicles and transportation. The particulate matter (PM) emission significantly impacts human health. Fine particles below 2.5 ?m (PM2.5) can enter the lungs and lead to respiratory problems. These particles not only influence human health, but also reduce the capability of many automobile exhaust heat exchanging devices. Neutron radiography is a non-destructive method of analyzing carbonaceous PM. While neutron radiography has been demonstrated for soot measurement in the past, the application has not considered the presence of unburned hydrocarbons, significant amounts of moisture nor examined complex geometrical configurations. The purpose of this work is to study a reliable non-destructive testing methodology using neutron radiography for measurement of soot distribution in automotive components. A soot standard (aluminium target) was designed and manufactured as a calibration tool. The standard is radiographed and used to measure the differences between various soot thickness and compositions. The radiograph images are analyzed to determine a calibration curve based upon the composition of the materials which can then be used for analysis of the automotive components. Experiments are performed using a diesel engine to produce soot deposits on exhaust piping. Soot distribution on exhaust piping is measured using neutron radiography. (authors)

  19. Measurement of Soot Deposition in Automotive Components Using Neutron Radiography

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    Zekveld, David; Liu, Liaohui [AMEC NSS, 700 University Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X6 (Canada); UOIT, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4 (Canada); Harrison, Andrew; Gill, Spencer; Harvel, Glenn [UOIT, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4 (Canada); Chang, Jen-Shih [McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8 (Canada)

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    About 40% of air pollution is generated by vehicles and transportation. The particulate matter (PM) emission significantly impacts human health. Fine particles below 2.5 {mu}m (PM2.5) can enter the lungs and lead to respiratory problems. These particles not only influence human health, but also reduce the capability of many automobile exhaust heat exchanging devices. Neutron radiography is a non-destructive method of analyzing carbonaceous PM. While neutron radiography has been demonstrated for soot measurement in the past, the application has not considered the presence of unburned hydrocarbons, significant amounts of moisture nor examined complex geometrical configurations. The purpose of this work is to study a reliable non-destructive testing methodology using neutron radiography for measurement of soot distribution in automotive components. A soot standard (aluminium target) was designed and manufactured as a calibration tool. The standard is radiographed and used to measure the differences between various soot thickness and compositions. The radiograph images are analyzed to determine a calibration curve based upon the composition of the materials which can then be used for analysis of the automotive components. Experiments are performed using a diesel engine to produce soot deposits on exhaust piping. Soot distribution on exhaust piping is measured using neutron radiography. (authors)

  20. Neutron induced electron radiography; Radiografia com eletrons induzida por neutrons

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    Andrade, Marcos Leandro Garcia

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    In the present paper a new radiography technique, the 'Neutron Induced Electron Radiography' - NIER, to inspect low thickness samples on the order of micra, has been developed. This technique makes use of low energy electrons as penetrating radiation generated from metallic gadolinium screens when irradiated by thermal neutrons. The conditions to obtain the best image for the conventional X-ray film Kodak-AA were determined by using a digital system to quantify the darkening level of the film. The irradiations have been performed at a radiography equipment installed at the beam-hole no. 8 of the 5 MW IEA-R1 nuclear research reactor of IPEN-CNEN/SP. The irradiation time to obtain the best radiography was 100 seconds and for such condition the technique was able to discern 1 {mu}m in 24 {mu}m of aluminum at a resolution of 32 {mu}m. By visual comparison the images obtained by the NIER shown a higher quality when compared with the ones from other usual techniques the make use of electrons a penetrating radiation and films for image registration. Furthermore the use of the digital system has provided a smaller time for data acquisition and data analysis as well as an improvement in the image visualization. (author)

  1. The Danube hospital project for automated transcription of X ray dose data from radiography, fluoroscopy and computed tomography (CT) into the electronic patient record

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    Introduction: Assessment of X-ray exposure data is generally cumbersome, especially because of the lack of a commercially available solution for automatic integration of dose data into an electronic patient record (EPR). Therefore, we constructed a concept for automatically linking x-ray exposure data with a radiology information system (RIS). Material and Methods: X-ray modalities are equipped with a dose-area product (DAP) meter and connected to a RIS PC via a serial RS-232 interface. For computed tomography, dose-length product (DLP) is computed from the normalised CT dose index, number and thickness of slices. Examination details including number of frames, mAs, kV, exposure time etc. are recorded automatically by software polling and added to the examination record in the RIS. Results: The system has already been implemented with a digital fluororadiography system, other modalities are continuously being integrated. The time previously necessary for manual dose data transcription and saved now will sum up to about 1000 working hours per year. Conclusion: Automatic transfer of exposure parameters from X-ray imaging modalities to the EPR is important for quality assurance and risk assessment. Also, it facilitates compliance with legal requirements and set-up of diagnostic reference levels. (author)

  2. Neutron radiography by using JSW baby cyclotron

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    At present, JSW baby cyclotrons are mostly used for the production of the radioisotopes for medical use. The attempt to use this baby cyclotron for neutron radiography began already in 1981. The feasibility of the neutron radiography for the explosives in metallic cases which are used for H1 rockets was investigated. In 1983, it was shown that the neutron radiography by using the baby cyclotron in Muroran Works, Japan Steel Works, Ltd. was able to be carried out as a routine work. Since then, the nondestructive inspection by neutron radiography has been performed for rocket pyrotechnic articles, and contributed to heighten their reliability. Further, the radiography by using fast neutrons was developed and put to practical use for recent large H2 rockets. The JSW baby cyclotron BC 168 which has been used for neutron radiography can accelerate 16 MeV protons or 8 MeV deuterons up to 50 ?A. The principle of thermal neutron radiography is the generation of fast neutrons by irradiating a Be target with the proton beam accelerated by a baby cyclotron, the moderation of the fast neutrons, the formation of the thermal neutron flux of uniform distribution with a collimator, the thermal neutron flux hitting the Gd plate in a film cassette through an object, and the exposure of an X-ray film to electrons from the Gd plate. Fast neutron radiography apparatus, and commercial neutron radiography are described. (K.I.)

  3. Large-image intensifier photofluorography and conventional radiography in pulmonary emphysema

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    Large-screen image intensifier (II) photofluorography was compared with full-size screen-film chest radiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary emphysema in 84 patients. Photospot films and conventional radiographs were interpreted independently by three radiologists. Computed tomography (CT) was used as an independent reference technique, and diagnostic performance of chest radiography in various CT patterns of emphysema was evaluated. The difference in diagnostic sensitivity for emphysema in favor of conventional chest radiography over photofluorography (0.65 versus 0.56) was statistically significant (p < 0.05). Specificity of the imaging modalities was equal: 0.78 in full-size films and 0.77 in photospot films. All CT patterns of emphysema had great false negative response rates in chest radiography, which is an inaccurate technique for the diagnosis of emphysema. CT is required for reliable radiologic evaluation of emphysema. (orig.)

  4. Computational structural analysis and finite element methods

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    Graph theory gained initial prominence in science and engineering through its strong links with matrix algebra and computer science. Moreover, the structure of the mathematics is well suited to that of engineering problems in analysis and design. The methods of analysis in this book employ matrix algebra, graph theory and meta-heuristic algorithms, which are ideally suited for modern computational mechanics. Efficient methods are presented that lead to highly sparse and banded structural matrices. The main features of the book include: application of graph theory for efficient analysis; extension of the force method to finite element analysis; application of meta-heuristic algorithms to ordering and decomposition (sparse matrix technology); efficient use of symmetry and regularity in the force method; and simultaneous analysis and design of structures.

  5. DFT computational analysis of piracetam

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    Density functional theory calculation with B3LYP using 6-31G(d,p) and 6-31++G(d,p) basis set have been used to determine ground state molecular geometries. The first order hyperpolarizability (?0) and related properties (?, ?0 and ??) of piracetam is calculated using B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) method on the finite-field approach. The stability of molecule has been analyzed by using NBO/NLMO analysis. The calculation of first hyperpolarizability shows that the molecule is an attractive molecule for future applications in non-linear optics. Molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) at a point in the space around a molecule gives an indication of the net electrostatic effect produced at that point by the total charge distribution of the molecule. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies show that charge transfer occurs within these molecules. Mulliken population analysis on atomic charge is also calculated. Because of vibrational analysis, the thermodynamic properties of the title compound at different temperatures have been calculated. Finally, the UV-Vis spectra and electronic absorption properties are explained and illustrated from the frontier molecular orbitals.

  6. Computer analysis of face beauty: a survey

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    The human face conveys to other human beings, and potentially to computer systems, information such as identity, intentions, emotional and health states, attractiveness, age, gender and ethnicity. In most cases analyzing this information involves the computer science as well as the human and medical sciences. The most studied multidisciplinary problems are analyzing emotions, estimating age and modeling aging effects. An emerging area is the analysis of human attractiveness. The purpose of th...

  7. Computer graphics in reactor safety analysis

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    This paper describes a family of three computer graphics codes designed to assist the analyst in three areas: the modelling of complex three-dimensional finite element models of reactor structures; the interpretation of computational results; and the reporting of the results of numerical simulations. The purpose and key features of each code are presented. The graphics output used in actual safety analysis are used to illustrate the capabilities of each code. 5 refs., 10 figs

  8. Calibration of quantitative neutron radiography method for moisture measurement

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    Quantitative measurements of moisture and hydrogenous matter in building materials by neutron radiography (NR) are regularly performed at TRIGA Mark II research of 'Jozef Stefan' Institute in Ljubljana. Calibration of quantitative method is performed using standard brick samples with known moisture content and also with a secondary standard, plexiglas step wedge. In general, the contribution of scattered neutrons to the neutron image is not determined explicitly what introduces an error to the measured signal. Influence of scattered neutrons is significant in regions with high gradients of moisture concentrations, where the build up of scattered neutrons causes distortion of the moisture concentration profile. In this paper detailed analysis of validity of our calibration method for different geometrical parameters is presented. The error in the measured hydrogen concentration is evaluated by an experiment and compared with results obtained by Monte Carlo calculation with computer code MCNP 4B. Optimal conditions are determined for quantitative moisture measurements in order to minimize the error due to scattered neutrons. The method is tested on concrete samples with high moisture content.(author)

  9. Occupational exposures in industrial radiography practice

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    A countrywide personnel monitoring programme has been carried out by the Division of Radiological Protection, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in India, since 1957. The exposure records of radiation workers in industrial radiography during the year 1978 have been analysed and attempts are made to study their concurrence with the log normal distribution assumed by the ICRP in stipulating the system of dose limitation. The data is compared with similar results of various other countries. The life time exposures of these workers are also analysed and compared with those in other countries. The analysis leads to a conclusion that the exposure distribution does not conform to the recommended ICRP guidelines although average exposure in the group is within the limits envisaged. (author)

  10. Oral history in radiography: Listening to pioneers

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    We explore the professional value of the collection and analysis of oral histories in the history of radiography. Drawing on oral histories collected from radiographers, we analyse accounts of experiences to identify common themes, some of which are of current significance, whilst others have faded from existence. 15 oral histories were collected from radiographers whose combined practice spans the years 1930-1973. The sample consists of 6 male and 9 female radiographers. Themes identified in the oral histories include radiographers as invisible pioneers who worked in professionally unclaimed territory and their dangerous working environment. The oral histories reveal the working world of the radiographer as having encompassed a practice ethos where challenges became an accepted part of work. We gain insight into less observable aspects of the radiographer's role, the difficulties they faced, how they invented techniques and equipment, and how they managed their practice including protecting the public from ionising radiation sources.

  11. Evaluation of the effect of platelet rich plasma (PRP) on enhancement of bone healing in diaphyseal bone defects by radiography and computed tomography

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    The effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with autogenous cancellous bone graft on enhancement of bone healing in diaphyseal bone defects was evaluated. A 4-mm defect was created in the middiaphysis of the tibias of 20 rabbits. Rabbits were divided into two groups of ten animals each: only autogenous cancellous graft, PRP and autogenous cancellous graft. In animals of group 1, only autogenous cancellous grafts, and to those in group 2, PRP and autogenous cancellous grafts, were applied to the defect. Radiographical and computed tomography (CT) views were taken and evaluated on postoperative days 0, 15, 30, 60, and 90. According to the bone formation, union, and remodeling scores, group 1 had better scores than group 2 on days 30, 60, and 90. The density was significantly increased on day 60 than on days 0, 15, and 30 in group 1. In conclusion, it was evaluated that PRP could not enhance the bone regeneration in diaphyseal defects when used with autogenous cancellous bone graft

  12. Earthquake-related pelvic crush fracture vs. non-earthquake fracture on digital radiography and MDCT: a comparative study

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    Tian-wu Chen; Zhi-gang Yang; Zhi-hui Dong; Si-shi Tang; Zhi-gang Chu; Heng Shao

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    OBJECTIVE: To determine the features of earthquake-related pelvic crush fractures versus non-earthquake fractures with digital radiography and multidetector row computed tomography. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-seven survivors with pelvic crush fractures in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake were entered in our study as the earthquake-related group (139 underwent digital radiography, 28 underwent multidetector row computed tomography); 70 victims with non-earthquake pelvic fractures were enrolled ...

  13. Image quality analysis vs dose to the patient in digital panoramic radiography; Analisis de calidad de imagen vs dosis aplicada al paciente en radiografia panoramica digital

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    Perez-Diaz, M.; Borges-Garcia, T.; Leon-Santana, J.; Vanderley-Brasileiro, I.; Khoury, H.; Miranda-Cataneda, M.

    2012-11-01

    Digital panoramic radiography is a diagnostic image technique which is increasing its use today allo over the world. Nevertheless, there is a relative lack of knowledge about the best compromise relationship between image quality and dose to the patient for these studies. Twenty one panoramic images of an anthropomorphic phantom and 205 from patients were collected using a Kodak digital equipment. Tube current, beam energy and acquisitions time were changed among studies to look for the best acquisition conditions which permit good image quality al low doses for patients. Air Kerma-Length Product was measures as dose index. Image quality was graded using objective metrics as Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR [dB]) and Contrast to Noise ratio (CNR), as well as visual evaluation with two expert observers. Reduction in dose was able, reducing mAs mainly, without affecting image quality in a sensitive way. An optimized protocol for this equipment was also obtained for standard height and weight patients. (Author)

  14. Analysis of Bone Mineral Density in Multiple Myeloma: A Comparison of Bone Mineral Density with Plain Radiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Clinical Staging

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    Kim, Ji Na; Kwon, Soon Tae; Song, Ik Chan [Dept. of Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-15

    To analyze the bone mineral density (BMD) in multiple myeloma (MM) and to compare BMD with plain radiography, MRI and clinical stage. We reviewed 59 patients with MM and an age- and sex-matched control group, with measured BMD. The L-spine and femoral neck (FN) BMD were measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Lateral plain radiographs of the L-spine were graded as 3 stages using the modified Saville index. Four bone marrow patterns were classified on sagittal T1- and T2-weighted magnetic resonance images of the L-spine. BMD in the MM and control group were analyzed. BMD in MM was compared with the modified Saville index, bone marrow patterns on MRI, and clinical stages. In MM, spine BMD was reduced and the difference between spine and FN BMD was larger than the control group (p < 0.001). The modified Saville index was negatively correlated with spine T scores (p < 0.01). The spine BMD in normal marrow pattern on the MRI was the most reduced. There was no statistical correlation between BMD and clinical stage. In MM, spine BMD was significantly reduced and the difference between spine and FN BMD was larger than the control group. The modified Saville index was significantly correlated with spine BMD in MM.

  15. Scientific computing for astrophysical map analysis

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    Salerno, Emanuele

    2010-01-01

    A research team at the Signal and Image Processing Lab of ISTI-CNR has been involved in studying data analysis algorithms for the European Space Agency's Planck Surveyor Satellite since 1999. The huge amount of data on the cosmic microwave background radiation provided by the Planck sensors requires very efficient analysis algorithms and high-performance computing facilities. The CNR group has proposed some of the source separation procedures that are now operational at the Planck data proces...

  16. Radioprotection of industrial radiography

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    The EDF Nuclear Power Division (N.P.D.) conducts a substantial number of industrial g-ray inspections: about 40.000 inspections are conducted annually on the nuclear fleet by contractors as H.O.R.U.S. Company. Point sources of Iridium 192 are generally used. In normal configurations, the activity of these sources can go up to 4.4 T.Bq (120 Ci), inducing - at a range of 1 meter - such a high dose equivalent rate that the value of 20 mSv is reached in a little more than 2 minutes. To date, no exceeding of the regulatory limit has been observed within EDF, but during the observation of events, a practice that has been in effect for many years, 'low-level events', such as unplanned exposures lower than the regulatory limits, were noted. N.P.D. management and contractors thus decided to take particular actions in the field. An analysis of unplanned exposures was carried out. This analysis related to 1: The 'human factor' analysis showed that the activity, which can seem 'simple' due to its seemingly basic constituent parts, taken in isolation, therefore appears easy to accomplish. In fact, completion of each point requires very extensive technical training, a complex planning file has to be compiled as there are many interfaces with other players, is linked to other activities that have to be carried out prior to the g-ray inspection. It requires preparation of the areas, with measures taken to prohibit access, and requires adaptation to physical conditions (temperature, lighting, noise, dose rate) and sometimes very difficult access conditions. The operators 'error' and lack of attention or vigilance cannot thus be considered by a preventer as being a satisfactory cause of incidents or accidents, within the scope of an ongoing improvement initiative: Vigilance means work. 2: Analysis of material causes did not highlight causes related to the equipment used, but camera ergonomics could be improved. Changes to EDF rules focused on: Compulsory and systematic use of Electronic Portable Dosimeters fitted with audible alarm, optimised allowable dose equivalent flow limits within marked off areas. A specific risk assessment is always carried out on EDF sites, its result is represented by the 'Licence of g-ray inspection'. Management of radioactive sources, Development of new gauges and displays. Conclusions: the identified areas of progress are mainly: Improved planning of these inspection activities within the industrial projects. Setting up a Q.A. process for planning and risk assessment prior to g-ray inspections, sharing of information among all staff present on the installation during g-ray inspection activities, improvement and formalization of exchanges between EDF and the contractor, and improvement of worker training

  17. Digital radiography - optimization of image quality through image processing

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    In the application of digital systems for classical projection radiography, the reproduction quality of the images on the screen or on the film printer can be improved through computer application. With the aid of a model of the signal string of a digital radiography system, the limits and possibilities of image processing are examined. The model covers X-ray exposure, the characteristics of the X-ray detector, image processing and characteristics of the reproducing media and the viewer. The criterion for the evaluation of image quality at different points of the signal string is the contrast-detail perceptibility which can be specified by calculation from the evaluation of the signal and noise components of the image. A method adapted to the model for the grey-scale transformation is described and the characteristics of a Wiener-filtration adapted to the detector are discussed. For the filtration, possibilities of practical implementation by recursive filters are compiled which represent an attractive solution because of their low computing expenditure. The considerations on the possibilities of image processing are illustrated by the example of an experimental, digital radiography system. (orig.) With 40 figs

  18. An expert system to aid radiography testing of components

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    Critical expertise is a prerequisite for effective nondestructive evaluation (NDE). This is particularly true for techniques like ultrasonics and radiography which have been used since long and have generated and accumulated a consolidated body of knowledge, heuristics, data and expertise. As of now, all these information are not available to a serious nondestructive testing (NDT) practitioner at a single place in a form that is readily and quickly usable. Intelligent and timely application of the vast knowledge base is the key for improving the efficiency of any test method. Human experts have expertise in specific areas as development of procedures, interpretation, application of codes and standards etc. The complete problem of non-destructive testing thus requires the right combination of expertise in all of these areas. The recent advances in the field of electronics and instrumentation has led to the availability of high speed computers with excellent computational and image processing capabilities. This papers deals on the model of the radiography expert system for x- and ?-radiography being developed and its architecture. (author). 2 refs

  19. Management of pediatric radiation dose using Philips digital radiography

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    Digital radiography systems based on flat-panel detectors have been introduced into clinical practice in the past few years. The high detective quantum efficiency of these detectors allows the radiation dose to be reduced while maintaining image quality, an issue particularly significant for pediatric radiography. Another important aspect for dose optimization and monitoring is the integration of the detector into a computer-controlled X-ray examination system. This enables full control and complete reporting of all dose-relevant exposure parameters, including the determination of the exposure indicator and the patient dose (kerma-area product). In this paper the implementation of these principles in the Philips Digital Diagnost DR system is described and their relevance for pediatric applications is discussed. (orig.)

  20. Diagnostic ability of panoramic radiography for mandibular fractures

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    Lee, Ji Hyun; Jung, Yun Hoa; Cho Bong Hae; Hwang, Dae Seok [School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-03-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of panoramic radiographs for detection of mandibular fractures. The sample was comprised of 65 patients (55 fractured, 10 non-fractured) with 92 fracture sites confirmed by multi-detector computed tomography (CT). Panoramic radiographs were evaluated for mandibular fractures by six examiners; two oral and maxillofacial radiologists (observer A and B), two oral and maxillofacial surgeons (observer C and D), and two general dentists (observer E and F). Sensitivity of panoramic radiography for mandibular fractures was 95.7% in observer A and B, 93.5% in observer C and D and 80.4% in observer E and F. The lowest sensitivity was shown in symphyseal/parasymphyseal areas, followed by subcondylar/condylar regions. Panoramic radiography is adequate for detection of mandibular fractures. However, additional multidetector CT is recommended to ascertain some indecisive fractures of symphysis and condyle, and in complicated fractures.

  1. X-ray radiography and tomography applied to material testing

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    X-ray radiography and tomography are compared to detect a defect in an object. These image acquisition processes are first modelled by a convolution system. For a fixed contrast defect and a given X ray dose, the process providing the best signal-to-noise ratio is given by calculation. Then a system for pattern recognition is given: for identifying a defect, the related signs from binary images are sorted according to their size. The improvement in the detection performance of the device, for an adapted filtration of the images obtained, is assessed. The whole of the preceding results is validated on images synthesized on a computer, selecting between tomography and radiography, the technique making it possible to ensure the detectability of a defect with a minimal dose of X photons

  2. Safety analysis of control rod drive computers

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    The analysis of the most significant user programmes revealed no errors in these programmes. The evaluation of approximately 82 cumulated years of operation demonstrated that the operating system of the control rod positioning processor has a reliability that is sufficiently good for the tasks this computer has to fulfil. Computers can be used for safety relevant tasks. The experience gained with the control rod positioning processor confirms that computers are not less reliable than conventional instrumentation and control system for comparable tasks. The examination and evaluation of computers for safety relevant tasks can be done with programme analysis or statistical evaluation of the operating experience. Programme analysis is recommended for seldom used and well structured programmes. For programmes with a long, cumulated operating time a statistical evaluation is more advisable. The effort for examination and evaluation is not greater than the corresponding effort for conventional instrumentation and control systems. This project has also revealed that, where it is technologically sensible, process controlling computers or microprocessors can be qualified for safety relevant tasks without undue effort. (orig./HP)

  3. ARG portable neutron radiography. Final report

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    In this report all available neutron radiographic data, including results of tests run at LANL, McClellan AFB, and University of Virginia, will be combined to outline specific transportable neutron radiography systems that could achieve the desired results as a complement to x-radiography capabilities for the Accident Response Group (ARG)

  4. Cold neutron radiography for concrete research

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    Kawabata, Yuji; Mori, K. [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Osaka (Korea, Democratic People' s Republic of); Wakita, T. [Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan); Kimura, K.; Oishi, K. [Technology-Knowledge Management Center, Institute of Technology, SHIMIZU Co., Tokyo (Japan)

    2005-07-01

    The possibility of cold neutron radiography for concrete research is demonstrated. The distribution of water in a cylindrical concrete sample was measured during the initial hardening period. The results of neutron radiography show good consistency with those of the compressive strength test.

  5. Computational analysis of a multistage axial compressor

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    Turbomachines are used extensively in Aerospace, Power Generation, and Oil & Gas Industries. Efficiency of these machines is often an important factor and has led to the continuous effort to improve the design to achieve better efficiency. The axial flow compressor is a major component in a gas turbine with the turbine's overall performance depending strongly on compressor performance. Traditional analysis of axial compressors involves throughflow calculations, isolated blade passage analysis, Quasi-3D blade-to-blade analysis, single-stage (rotor-stator) analysis, and multi-stage analysis involving larger design cycles. In the current study, the detailed flow through a 15 stage axial compressor is analyzed using a 3-D Navier Stokes CFD solver in a parallel computing environment. Methodology is described for steady state (frozen rotor stator) analysis of one blade passage per component. Various effects such as mesh type and density, boundary conditions, tip clearance and numerical issues such as turbulence model choice, advection model choice, and parallel processing performance are analyzed. A high sensitivity of the predictions to the above was found. Physical explanation to the flow features observed in the computational study are given. The total pressure rise verses mass flow rate was computed.

  6. Neutron radiography of helium II

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    We have used a neutron radiography technique to investigate the spatial distribution of 3He atoms in very dilute liquid 3He-4He mixtures at temperatures below the superfluid transition temperature. By imposing heat currents and monitoring the subsequent redistribution of 3He within the sample volume we obtain a direct measurement of the relevant mass diffusion coefficient. Data from these experiments provides a striking demonstration of the manner in which the distribution of impurity atoms within the liquid can be influenced by the presence of a free surface

  7. Multiple imaging radiography at LNLS

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    Hoennicke, M.G. [LORXI, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Parana, Caixa Postal 19091, 81531-990 Curitiba (Brazil)], E-mail: marcelohonnicke@yahoo.com.br; Cusatis, C. [LORXI, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Parana, Caixa Postal 19091, 81531-990 Curitiba(Brazil); Antunes, A. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Caixa Postal 66318, 05315-970 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Safatle, A.M.V.; Barros, P.S.M. [Laboratorio de Oftalmologia Experimental e Comparativa, Departamento de Cirurgia, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Morelhao, S.L. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Caixa Postal 66318, 05315-970 Sao Paulo (Brazil)

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    An analyzer-based X-ray phase-contrast imaging (ABI) setup has been mounted at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) for multiple imaging radiography (MIR) purposes. The algorithm employed for treating the MIR data collected at LNLS is described, and its reliability in extracting the distinct types of contrast that can be obtained with MIR is demonstrated by analyzing a test sample (thin polyamide wire). As a practical application, the possibility of studying ophthalmic tissues, corneal sequestra in this case, via MIR is investigated.

  8. Dual-sided reading versus single-sided reading: comparison of image quality and radiation dose between the two computed radiography system

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    Objective: To assess and compare the difference in image quality and exposure dose between single-sided reading image plate (IP) and dual-sided reading IP. Methods: A contrast-detail phantom CDRAD 2.0 was exposed by single-sided and dual-sided reading IP with different mAs sets. The entrance surface doses were recorded for all images. Images were then presented to two radiologists on a high resolution monitor of diagnosis workstation. The image quality figure (IQF) was measured for each image. Statistical analysis was performed using Spearman's correlation test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test to compare the difference in image quality and exposure dose between single-sided IP and dual-sided reading IP. Results: With different tube current dosage of 5.6, 12.0, 20.0, 25.0, and 40.0 mAs, IQF values of single-sided reading IP were 47.95, 37.68, 34.31, 28.61, and 24.65, respectively, while those of dual- sided reading IP were 38.83, 29.81, 29.65, 25.16, and 21.43, respectively. The IQF difference between them showed statistical significance (P<0.05). Conclusion: Image quality of dual-sided reading IP has been proved to be far superior to that of single-sided reading IP, in particular for low contrast detail. The image quality of single-sided reading IP is similar to that of dual-sided reading IP only at high dose levels. The clinical application of dual-sided reading IP will reduce the exposure dose by about 25% compared with single-sided reading IP. (authors)sided reading IP. (authors)

  9. Computation of Regularized Linear Discriminant Analysis.

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    Kalina, Jan; Valenta, Zden?k; Duintjer Tebbens, Jurjen

    ISI, 2014. s. 8-8. [COMPSTAT 2014. International Conference on Computational Statistics /21./. 19.08.2014-22.08.2014, Geneva] Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : classification analysis * regularization * Matrix decomposition * shrinkage eigenvalues * high-dimensional data Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  10. Case studies of some industrial radiography accidents

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    Industrial radiography practice is the widely deployed application using radiation sources Iridium-192 and Cobalt-60 for non-destructive evaluation of flaws in manufactured products. This practice is potentially most hazardous of all the industrial applications of radiation as the radiation sources are generally used in project sites where provision of in-built safety is difficult and the radiation sources are taken out of the shielded source housing during radiography exposures. Throughout the history of industrial radiography, accidents with some sources have occurred that have resulted in fatalities and injury. Case studies of recent industrial radiography incidents that have occurred in India involving S conduit radiography exposure devices, the reasons for the incidents and the lessons learned from these experiences are discussed in this paper. (author)

  11. Linear regression analysis theory and computing

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    2009-01-01

    This volume presents in detail the fundamental theories of linear regression analysis and diagnosis, as well as the relevant statistical computing techniques so that readers are able to actually model the data using the methods and techniques described in the book. It covers the fundamental theories in linear regression analysis and is extremely useful for future research in this area. The examples of regression analysis using the Statistical Application System (SAS) are also included. This book is suitable for graduate students who are either majoring in statistics/biostatistics or using line

  12. Comparison of chest digital tomosynthesis and chest radiography for detection of asbestos-related pleuropulmonary disease

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    Aim: To compare chest digital tomosynthesis (DTS) with digital radiography for the detection of asbestos-related pleuropulmonary disease. Materials and methods: The institutional review board approved this study and all participants gave informed consent. Forty-five participants with a history of asbestos exposure were examined with DTS and radiography. Low-dose multidetector computed tomography (CT) in the prone position served as the reference. Two observers evaluated all images for the presence of pleural abnormalities and asbestosis. Interobserver agreement was analysed by using the k statistic. Diagnostic performance of the two imaging methods was compared using McNemar's test. Results: Interobserver agreement regarding DTS findings was moderate to very good (k = 0.544–0.846) and superior to the radiographic findings (k = 0.236–1.000). Overall, the diagnostic accuracy of DTS for the lesion detection was significantly better than with radiography (all p < 0.05, except that for the comparison of diagnostic accuracy of DTS versus radiographic detection of left diaphragmatic plaques and asbestosis). DTS was more sensitive than radiography for the detection of asbestosis (82% versus 27%, p = 0.031). Conclusion: DTS is more accurate than radiography in the detection of pleural plaques and more sensitive than radiography in the detection of asbestosis. Interobserver agreements with respect to the DTS findings were superior to the radiographic findings

  13. Risk analysis enhancement via computer applications

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    Since the development of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) by the airline industry, there has been various alternative approaches to applying this methodology to the nuclear power industry. Some of the alternatives were developed in order to shift the focus of analyses on plant specific concerns but the greatest majority of alternatives were developed in attempt to reduce the effort required to conduct a RCM analysis on as large of scale as a nuclear power station. Computer applications have not only reduced the amount of analysis time but have also produced more consistent results, provided an effective working RCM analysis tool and made it possible to automate a Living Program. During the development of a RCM Program at South Carolina Electric and Gas' V.C. Summer Nuclear Station (VCSNS), computer applications were developed. 6 figs, 1 tab

  14. Radiation exposure during equine radiography

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    All personnel present in the X-ray examination room during equine radiography were monitored using low energy direct reading ionization chambers (pockets dosimeters) worn outside the lead apron at neck level. The individuals' task and dosimeter readings were recorded after each examination. Average doses ranged from 0 to 6 mrad per study. The greatest exposures were associated with radiography of the shoulder and averaged less than 4 mrad. The individual extending the horse's limb was at greatest risk although the individual holding the horse's halter and the one making the X-ray exposure received similar exposures. A survey of the overhead tube assembly used for some of the X-ray examinations also was performed. Meter readings obtained indicated an asymetric dose distribution around the tube assembly, with the highest dose occurring on the side to which the exposure cord was attached. Although the exposures observed were within acceptable limits for occupational workers, we have altered our protocol and no longer radiograph the equine shoulder unless the horse is anesthetized. Continued use of the pocket dosimeters and maintenance of a case record of radiation exposure appears to make the technologists more aware of radiation hazards

  15. Survey of neutron radiography facilities

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    A directory of neutron radiography facilities around the world was informally compiled about ten years ago under the auspices of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Subcommittee E7.05 (Radiology, Neutron). The work lay dormant for a number of years, but was revived in earnest in the fall of 1995. At that time, letters were mailed to all the facilities with available addresses in the original directory, requesting updated information. Additionally, information was gathered at the Second Topical meeting on neutron Radiography Facility System Design and Beam Characterization (November, 1995, Shonan Village, Japan). A second mailing was sent for final confirmation and updates in January, 1996. About 75% of the information in the directory has now been confirmed by the facility management. This paper presents a summary of the information contained in the facility directory. An electronic version of the directory in Wordperfect 6.1, uuencode, or rtf format is available by sending e-mail to the authors at imel at sign anl.gov or imel at sign baobab.cad.cea.fr. A WWW site for the directory is presently under construction

  16. Computer-aided power systems analysis

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    2008-01-01

    Computer applications yield more insight into system behavior than is possible by using hand calculations on system elements. Computer-Aided Power Systems Analysis: Second Edition is a state-of-the-art presentation of basic principles and software for power systems in steady-state operation. Originally published in 1985, this revised edition explores power systems from the point of view of the central control facility. It covers the elements of transmission networks, bus reference frame, network fault and contingency calculations, power flow on transmission networks, generator base power setti

  17. Computation system for nuclear reactor core analysis

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    This report documents a system which contains computer codes as modules developed to evaluate nuclear reactor core performance. The diffusion theory approximation to neutron transport may be applied with the VENTURE code treating up to three dimensions. The effect of exposure may be determined with the BURNER code, allowing depletion calculations to be made. The features and requirements of the system are discussed and aspects common to the computational modules, but the latter are documented elsewhere. User input data requirements, data file management, control, and the modules which perform general functions are described. Continuing development and implementation effort is enhancing the analysis capability available locally and to other installations from remote terminals

  18. Plain abdominal radiography in acute abdominal pain; past, present, and future

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    Full Text Available Sarah L Gans,1 Jaap Stoker,2 Marja A Boermeester11Department of Surgery, 2Department of Radiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsAbstract: Several studies have demonstrated that a diagnosis based solely on a patient’s medical history, physical examination, and laboratory tests is not reliable enough, despite the fact that these aspects are essential parts of the workup of a patient presenting with acute abdominal pain. Traditionally, imaging workup starts with abdominal radiography. However, numerous studies have demonstrated low sensitivity and accuracy for plain abdominal radiography in the evaluation of acute abdominal pain as well as various specific diseases such as perforated viscus, bowel obstruction, ingested foreign body, and ureteral stones. Computed tomography, and in particular computed tomography after negative ultrasonography, provides a better workup than plain abdominal radiography alone. The benefits of computed tomography lie in decision-making for management, planning of a surgical strategy, and possibly even avoidance of negative laparotomies. Based on abundant available evidence, major advances in diagnostic imaging, and changes in the management of certain diseases, we can conclude that there is no place for plain abdominal radiography in the workup of adult patients with acute abdominal pain presenting in the emergency department in current practice.Keywords: abdominal x-ray, acute abdomen, acute abdominal pain, emergency department, diagnostic imaging, abdominal radiography

  19. Radiography inspection of weld for nuclear fuel rod

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    The survey of radiography inspection, advantages, disadvantages and applications of main kinds of radiography inspection methods are presented. Emphasis is put upon the structure and functions of X-ray flaw detecting device for nuclear fuel rod welds, the actuating program of the device, as well as the structure of some key mechanism and the functions of them. The analysis is made upon the actuating principles. Finally, the test of long-term operation proves the device to be stable in operation, reliable in action, to possess high level of automation and high sensitivity and it can simultaneously perform on-line X-ray inspection of 25 nuclear fuel rods with a diameter less than 10 mm, and meet the requirements of large-scale production of nuclear fuel rods (5 figs.)

  20. Postsurgical pneumoperitoneum - comparison of abdominal ultrasound findings with plain radiography

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    To compare abdominal ultrasonography findings with plain radiography in the detection of postsurgical pneumoperitoneum. Cross-sectional, observational. Thirty patients of either gender who underwent laparotomies were included in the study. Patients were examined with plain radiography and abdominal ultrasound to detect postsurgical pneumoperitoneum within 24 hours of surgery. Upright chest radiography and left lateral decubitus views of abdomen were used to detect free air. McNemar test was applied to compute relationship between sonographic and radiographic findings. Among 30 patients, 22 (73.3%) were females and 8 (26.7%) were males (M: F = 1: 2.75). Average age was 38.07 +- 12.41 years. Out of 30 patients of postsurgical pneumoperitoneum, 27 (90%) were detected on ultrasonography while 3 (10%) were not detected. On plain X-rays, 4 patients were observed in group-I (no free air) and 26 in group-II (1-10 mm thickness). Significant (p<0.001) relationship was observed between the two findings. Since both modalities can diagnose pneumoperitoneum reliably, ultrasonography can be a useful alternative imaging modality for the detection of pneumoperitoneum. (author)

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    Radiographic apparatus is described in which a thin planar slice of the body is examined by a swath of penetrating radiation such as X-rays. Collimators are provided for collimating the radiation after it has passed through the body into a set of beams which are directed into respective detectors. The swath of radiation, the collimeters and the detectors are orbited in the plane of the slice so that the beams pass through the body from many different angular directions. Means are provided for additionally displacing at least the collimators relative to the source so that the relative position of the beams and gaps between the beams are changed during the orbital movement

  2. Application of X-ray radiography to archaeology

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    X-ray imaging techniques including radiography and scanning tomography are now often applied to archaeological and historical objects. In this report results of three imaging techniques are showed: radiography, X-ray scanning tomography and emissiography. X-ray radiography was applied to examine the technique used for a bronze object. The object was one of the national treasure from Horyuji-temple, Dragon-head Pitcher. The examination proved that the pitcher body was separated into three pieces and that the bronze was fairly homogeneous from 3 to 4 mm. The Pitcher was supposed to be made in Japan at the middle of the seventh century. A small gilt bronze statuette was investigated by an industrial X-ray scanner. The statuette about 30 cm high is supposed to be made in the seventh or eighth century. The head of the statuette was scanned by X-rays of 350kV. The computed tomograms revealed an inlaid metal and scraped hollow. It is supposed that the statuette was cast twice. The first casting might have failed causing the hollow and the missing part of the head. The hollow was scraped before the following casting so that the newly cast part would be tightly joined to the body. A piece of metal was inlaid to the missing part. A silver inlaid sword was excavated at a historic site called Etafunayama Kofun in Kumamoto in 1873. Seventy-five letters were discovered on the back of the sword, and they were regarded as important reference in studying Japanese history around the fifth century. However, the letters became illegible because of severe surface corrosion. So emissiography or electron radiography was used. All letters and even the details could be read. (author)

  3. Perceptions of radiography and the National Health Service: a qualitative study

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    Purpose: To identify the factors that determine the attractiveness of radiography as a career choice and of the National Health Service (NHS) as an employer to potential recruits and returners. Methods: Individual and group interviews were conducted in the East Midlands region to explore participants' perceptions of the attractiveness of the NHS as an employer to potential radiography staff. Interviews were conducted with school pupils, radiography students, mature students, radiography assistants, agency radiographers and independent sector radiographers. Results: Eighty-eight individuals participated in the qualitative stage of the study. Analysis of the interview transcripts indicated that radiography as a career choice is perceived as boring and routine, involving high workloads and little recognition from the general public. Working with patients is the source of considerable job satisfaction but is offset by staff shortages, lack of flexibility over working hours and a lack of consideration of family commitments in the NHS. Financial costs are highlighted as dissuading many participants from considering a career as a radiographer in the NHS or returning to work for the NHS. Greater use of open days in conjunction with more advertising of the profession is suggested as tactics to improve recruitment. Conclusions: The provision of more flexible working hours, greater consideration of family commitments and increased financial support for training are necessary to ial support for training are necessary to improve the attractiveness of a radiography career. NHS Human Resource Managers should consider these findings concerning the applicant and returner pools when developing strategies to address the current shortfall of radiographers

  4. Computer-Supported Collaborative Video Analysis

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    Pea, Roy D.; Lindgren, Robb William; Rosen, Joseph

    2006-01-01

    Video can serve as a powerful medium for analyzing interactions involved in learning activities, for capturing records of teaching for uses in professional development, and for learners to construct or interact with videos expressively, but there have been many barriers to its collaborative uses. The DIVER Project is tackling core problems in advancing computer-supported collaborative video analysis. DIVER establishes a unique video platform for users to control a "virtual camera window" on a...

  5. Computational approaches in gravitational wave data analysis

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    Littenberg, Tyson

    2015-04-01

    The potential for gravitational wave observations to revolutionize our understanding of the universe is made possible in part by innovative data analysis strategies.This talk focuses on novel computational approaches used to squeeze every last drop of information out of the coming flood of data. Topics include mining through data to identify candidate signals, source characterization using optimization algorithms and Bayesian inference, and advances in modeling gravitational wave signals and detector noise. On behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

  6. A Computational Analysis of Collective Discourse

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    Qazvinian, Vahed; Radev, Dragomir R.

    2012-01-01

    This paper is focused on the computational analysis of collective discourse, a collective behavior seen in non-expert content contributions in online social media. We collect and analyze a wide range of real-world collective discourse datasets from movie user reviews to microblogs and news headlines to scientific citations. We show that all these datasets exhibit diversity of perspective, a property seen in other collective systems and a criterion in wise crowds. Our experim...

  7. Analysis of electronic circuits using digital computers

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    Various programmes have been proposed for studying electronic circuits with the help of computers. It is shown here how it possible to use the programme ECAP, developed by I.B.M., for studying the behaviour of an operational amplifier from different point of view: direct current, alternating current and transient state analysis, optimisation of the gain in open loop, study of the reliability. (author)

  8. Computation of Regularized Linear Discriminant Analysis.

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    Kalina, Jan; Valenta, Zden?k; Duintjer Tebbens, Jurjen

    Geneva : Centre International de Conferences, 2014 - (Gilli, M.; Nieto-Reyes, A.; González-Rodríguez, G.), s. 1-8 ISBN 978-2-8399-1347-8. [COMPSTAT 2014. International Conference on Computational Statistics /21./. Geneva (CH), 19.08.2014-22.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA13-06684S Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : classification analysis * regularization * Matrix decomposition * shrinkage eigenvalues * high-dimensional data Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  9. GSALab computer code for global sensitivity analysis

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    For a risk assessment model of an engineering system, e.g., nuclear power plants, the uncertainties in the model inputs propagate through the model and lead to the uncertainty in the model output. In order to evaluate the model output uncertainty and the contribution of each model input to the output uncertainty, the computer code GSALab, which is based on Monte Carlo simulations, has been developed. It is composed of three parts, namely, random samples generation, uncertainty analysis and sensitivity analysis. The random samples are generated based on the probability distribution of model input variables in the part of random sample generation. The statistics (e.g., mean value, variance, etc.) as well as the distribution of the model output are computed in the part of uncertainty analysis. In the part of sensitivity analysis, several global sensitivity indicators, including the popularly used variance-based indicators, are implemented. In addition, the GUI(Graphical User Interface) of GSALab has been developed for the user's convenience. In addition to risk assessment models, it is also possible to use GSALab for uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of a wide class of mathematical models. (author)

  10. Workshop on industrial isotope radiography: Programme and lectures

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    The booklet contains the texts of lectures delivered in the Workshop on Industrial Radiography held at Bombay during 24-25 July 1979. The lectures cover some topics of relevance to industrial radiography. The topics are radiation protection and legislative aspects in industrial radiography; problems in field radiography in fertilizer industry, petrochemical industry and heavy engineering industry; occupational exposures in industrial radiography; and a review of the progress and recent trends in industrial radiographic techniques and equipment. (M.G.B.)

  11. Neutron radiography with sealed tube generators

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    Neutron radiography (or radioscopy) with sealed tube generators may be used for the inspection of aircraft turbine blades, aircraft structures, pyrotechnical components and new materials assemblies. SODERN has developed a neutron generator (GENIE 46) as part of the DIANE Eureka programme. The first SODERN industrial generator is in operation at the IABG neutron radiography laboratory (Ottobrunn - Germany). This system is representative of mobile equipment. Results obtained in the detection of corrosion in civil aircraft structures are presented. Another neutron radiography laboratory is developing at SODERN as pattern of static equipment for inspection of small objects with high image resolution; the conceiving of this laboratory is described. (author)

  12. Charter of good practices in industrial radiography

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    This document describes good practices in the field of industrial radiography. After having presented the main prevention and radiation protection principles, the actors inside and outside of the company, and actors intervening during an operation subcontracting in industrial radiography, this report analyzes the activity: prerequisites for work preparation, prevention coordination, work preparation, transportation, work achievement, return on experience. It addresses personnel training and information, and the dosimetric and medical monitoring of technicians in industrial radiography. Some aspects are addressed in appendix: principles (justification, optimization, and limitation), regulations, intervention form, exposure form, and so on

  13. Security of radioactive sources in industrial radiography

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    This paper describes the need and new requirements to ensure the security of radioactive sources used in the practice of industrial radiography. We describe the discussions and issues arising during the september 2010 regional workshop held in Sydney on the application of security measures to industrial radiography practices. The workshop provided the perspectives of both radiation regulators and industry practitioners, including those from the Philippines. We describe the outputs of the workshop, and how they were developed, and make suggestions for further consideration and applications of security measures in the practice of industrial radiography. (author)

  14. Development of advanced neutron radiography for inspection on irradiated fuels and materials. Feasibility study of neutron radiography in terms of PIE execution

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    Neutron radiography has been used as one of the non-destructive examination methods to estimate integrity of irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. However, it was impossible to evaluate small structure such as distribution of precipitate and minute cracks, which degrade the mechanical property of materials, because of the low performance device. In recent year, progress of imaging system has improved spatial resolution of radiographs and has made possible to take 3-D image by means of precise rotation sample stage and high speed computed calculation. It is hence suggested the irradiated fuels and materials are radiographed by advanced photographic system such as imaging plate, neutron TV method and computed tomography (CT) in order to evaluate integrity of fuels more suitably. In this paper, current states on neutron radiography for irradiated fuel in foreign countries as well as Japan are reported and some test programs of neutron radiography for PIE that will be carried out at JRR-3M thermal neutron radiography facility (TNRF) in JAERI are proposed. Contents of the reports and proposals are showed as follows. 1. There have been only a few reports of neutron radiography test for nuclear fuel inspection for a decade. It shows that neutron radiography technique on irradiated fuels has not been progressed for several years. 2. Before hot test of irradiated fuels, preliminary tests by using non-activated samples are suggested. In the tests, unirradiated fuel pin, hydrogen absorbed Zircaloy cladding, sintered ZrO2/Dy2O3 pellet (simulated MOX pellet) and Zircaloy cladding with oxide film are prepared as test samples. 3. Improvement of imaging system at first room in TNRF is required for taking the CT image. (author)

  15. Análisis Morfométrico de la Mandíbula de Pacientes con Asimetría Facial Asociada a Hiperplasia Condilar: Estudio en Radiografía Panorámica / Morphometric Analysis of the Mandible in Patients with Facial Asymmetry Associated to Condylar Hyperplasia: A Panoramic Radiography Study

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    Susana, Zapata; Hugo, Medina; Diego, Saravia; Pablo, Navarro; Sergio, Olate.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigación es definir características morfológicas en radiografías panorámicas digitales de sujetos con deformidad facial asimétrica asociada a hiperplasia condilar. Se diseño un estudio de corte transversal para estudiar 14 pacientes con la patología identificándose puntos y [...] lineas de medición de forma comparativa entre la hemimandíbula con diagnóstico de hiperplasia condilar ya la hemimandíbula cuyo condilo presenta un crecimiento normal; todas las mediciones fueron realizadas de forma manual de acuerdo a protocolos previamente establecidos. Las variables de análisis fueron tamaño condilar, tamaño de rama mandibular y tamaño del cuerpo de mandíbula en relación al foramen mentual. El análisis de datos fue realizado mediante la prueba Chi-cuadrado considrando el valor de p Abstract in english The aim of this research was to define the morphological characteristics in panoramic digital radiography of subjects with asymmetric facial deformities related to condylar hyperplasia. A transversal cohort study was designed for the analysis of 14 patients with this pathology, and points and lines [...] for measurement were identified, in a comparative technique between the hemimandible with condylar hyperplasia diagnosis and hemimandible with normal growth of the condyle. In accordance with protocol all measurements were carried out manually. Variables analyzed were, size of condyle, size of the mandible ramus and size of mandible body in relation to mental foramen. The data analyses was carried out with statistical Chi-Square test considering p value

  16. Image quality in neutron radiography

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    The limitations and characteristics of the technique of thermal neutron radiography developed in RARDE, using a 5MV Linac and the (X,n) reaction in beryllium, have been determined quantitatively using MTF values obtained for various converter screens. The effective source-size has been determined to be 80 to 90mm diameter at 840mm source-to-detector distance, and the implications of this large diameter on the choice of suitable converter screens are detailed. It is shown that with a small diameter neutron source, neutron radiographs of image sharpness similar to radiographs taken with 150kV X-rays are possible; with the present equipment the image sharpness is no better than is obtained with ?-rays from Cobalt-60, and in most practical applications will be far worse than on any conventional X- or ?-radiographs. (author)

  17. Three examples of neutron radiography testing

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    Three examples of neutron radiography concerning small components of pyrotechnical devices are given: an example of testing a detonating fuse, detonating fuse ends and an explosive channel inside a metallic part

  18. Advances in neutron radiography - applications and systems

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    The performance of the neutron radiography as a technique of nondestructive materials testing was determined comprehensively in the aerospace sector, electrical engineering/electronics, mechanical engineering, constructional engineering and material engineering. Potential applications showed up in particular during the maintenance and inspection of aerospace equipment, the testing of airplane turbine blades and of pyrotechnical elements as well as in the case of the manufacturing control of fiber reinforced composites and ceramics. In order to enable an industrial utilization of the neutron radiography a high-performance, flexible and mobile neutron radiography system is being developed by the IABG in a EUREKA project with the partners SODERN (France), SENER (Spain) and LTV (USA) on the basis of a neutron generator newly designed by SODERN. The first prototype of this neutron generator, built-in into the IABG neutron radiography system procured within the framework of the project, is at present being tested. (orig.)

  19. Examination of welds by digital radiography

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    Industrial radiography is the oldest and most reliable non-destructive test method in the examination and two dimensional evaluation of weld defects. Digital radiographic methods provide more sensitive, faster and more reliable evaluation of defect images. One of the most important factors influencing the contrast and consequently the image quality is the noise on the film caused by scattered radiation. The digital image processing technique can eliminate the noise and improve the image quality. Digital radiography also enables three dimensional evaluation of weld defects. This work describes the use of digital radiography in the evaluation of defects in welds of different configurations by using a laser film digitizing system and an appropriate software programme. Advantages and limitations of the digital technique and conventional film radiography were discussed. (author)

  20. Information extraction from muon radiography data

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    Scattering muon radiography was proposed recently as a technique of detection and 3-d imaging for dense high-Z objects. High-energy cosmic ray muons are deflected in matter in the process of multiple Coulomb scattering. By measuring the deflection angles we are able to reconstruct the configuration of high-Z material in the object. We discuss the methods for information extraction from muon radiography data. Tomographic methods widely used in medical images have been applied to a specific muon radiography information source. Alternative simple technique based on the counting of high-scattered muons in the voxels seems to be efficient in many simulated scenes. SVM-based classifiers and clustering algorithms may allow detection of compact high-Z object without full image reconstruction. The efficiency of muon radiography can be increased using additional informational sources, such as momentum estimation, stopping power measurement, and detection of muonic atom emission.

  1. Marginal Assessment of Crowns by the Aid of Parallel Radiography

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    Farnaz Fattahi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Marginal adaptation is the most critical item in long-term prognosis of single crowns. This study aimed to assess the marginal quality as well asthe discrepancies in marginal integrity of some PFM single crowns of posterior teeth by employing parallel radiography in Shiraz Dental School, Shiraz, Iran. Methods: In this descriptive study, parallel radiographies were taken from 200 fabricated PFM single crowns of posterior teeth after cementation and before discharging the patient. To calculate the magnification of the images, a metallic sphere with the thickness of 4 mm was placed in the direction of the crown margin on the occlusal surface. Thereafter, the horizontal and vertical space between the crown margins, the margin of preparations and also the vertical space between the crown margin and the bone crest were measured by using digital radiological software. Results: Analysis of data by descriptive statistics revealed that 75.5% and 60% of the cases had more than the acceptable space (50µm in the vertical (130±20µm and horizontal (90±15µm dimensions, respectively. Moreover, 85% of patients were found to have either horizontal or vertical gap. In 77% of cases, the margins of crowns invaded the biologic width in the mesial and 70% in distal surfaces. Conclusion: Parallel radiography can be expedient in the stage of framework try-in to yield some important information that cannot be obtained by routine clinical evaluations and may improve the treatment prognosis

  2. Proton radiography: a tool for quality control in proton therapy

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    In this work the feasibility of proton radiography as a tool in proton therapy is studied. In the first part the particular problem of spatial resolution in proton radiography is presented. A simple formula for the spatial resolution of transmission proton radiography is derived for different methods of measuring the proton coordinates. The effect of multiple Coulomb scattering and energy loss are taken into account. Experimental measurements of the spatial resolution have been done and are compared with the calculations. The technique of measuring entrance and exit coordinates in coincidence for each single proton improves the spatial resolution by a factor five compared to a single coordinate measurement. An additional measurement of the proton incident angle and exit angle increases the resolution by eight times. In the second section proton radiography is investigated for its use as a quality control tool in proton therapy. Images were produced both with range and range uncertainty information of protons passing through phantoms (Alderson phantom and a sheep's head). With the range images the correct positioning of the patient with respect to the beam could be verified. The range uncertainty images were used to quantitatively detect range variations of protons passing through inhomogeneities in the patient. These measurements can be used to indicate critical situations during proton therapy or to determine the safety margin around the tumour volume. With the rangen around the tumour volume. With the range information the precision of different calibrations of CT-Hounsfield values to relative proton stopping power, used for proton treatment planning, was determined. It is found that the precision in range can be improved by a detailed analysis of the calibration data obtained in the other of the positioning precision. (author) 31 figs., 4 tabs., refs

  3. Motivations for muon radiography of active volcanoes

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    Muon radiography represents an innovative tool for investigating the interior of active volcanoes. This method integrates the conventional geophysical techniques and provides an Independent way to estimate the density of the volcano structure and reveal the presence of magma conduits. The experience from the pioneer experiments performed at Mt. Asama, Mt. West Iwate, and Showa-Shinzan (Japan) are very encouraging. Muon radiography could be applied, in principle, at any stratovolcano. Here we focus our attention on Vesuvius and Stromboli (Italy). (author)

  4. Simulation of proton radiography terminal at IMP

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    Yan, Yan; Huang, Zhi-Wu; Wang, Jie; Yao, Ze-En; Wang, Jun-Run; Wei, Zheng; Yang, Jian-Cheng; Yuan, You-Jin

    2015-01-01

    Proton radiography is used for advanced hydrotesting as a new type radiography technology due to its powerful penetration capability and high detection efficiency. A new proton radiography terminal will be developed to radiograph static samples at Institute of Modern Physics of Chinese Academy of Science (IMP-CAS). The proton beam with the maximum energy of 2.6 GeV will be produced by Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou-Cooling Storage Ring (HIRFL-CSR). The proton radiography terminal consists of the matching magnetic lens and the Zumbro lens system. In this paper, the design scheme and all optic parameters of this beam terminal for 2.6GeV proton energy are presented by simulating the beam optics using WINAGILE code. My-BOC code is used to test the particle tracking of proton radiography beam line. Geant4 code and G4beamline code are used for simulating the proton radiography system. The results show that the transmission efficiency of proton without target is 100%, and the effect of secondary particles ca...

  5. Computational analysis of riboswitch-based regulation.

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    Sun, Eric I; Rodionov, Dmitry A

    2014-10-01

    Advances in computational analysis of riboswitches in the last decade have contributed greatly to our understanding of riboswitch regulatory roles and mechanisms. Riboswitches were originally discovered as part of the sequence analysis of the 5'-untranslated region of mRNAs in the hope of finding novel gene regulatory sites, and the existence of structural RNAs appeared to be a spurious phenomenon. As more riboswitches were discovered, they illustrated the diversity and adaptability of these RNA regulatory sequences. The fact that a chemically monotonous molecule like RNA can discern a wide range of substrates and exert a variety of regulatory mechanisms was subsequently demonstrated in diverse genomes and has hastened the development of sophisticated algorithms for their analysis and prediction. In this review, we focus on some of the computational tools for riboswitch detection and secondary structure prediction. The study of this simple yet efficient form of gene regulation promises to provide a more complete picture of a world that RNA once dominated and allows rational design of artificial riboswitches. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Riboswitches. PMID:24583554

  6. A novel type epithermal neutron radiography detecting and imaging system

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    The transfer technique is widely used for epithermal neutron radiography (ENR) for making images upon the object to be investigated. We propose to use instead of the photosensitive film a gamma sensitive scintillation screen (NaCe single crystal), that is monitored by a computer controlled low light level TV camera. The exposure time has been reduced to a duration of only a short fraction of that needed for the conventional transfer process. The presented ENR images consist of electronic signals that are handled by an advanced image processing and analyzing program, the Iman 1.4 version, using a task oriented video grabber

  7. A novel type epithermal neutron radiography detecting and imaging system

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    Balasko, M; Svab, E; Eoerdoegh, I

    1999-01-01

    The transfer technique is widely used for epithermal neutron radiography (ENR) for making images upon the object to be investigated. We propose to use instead of the photosensitive film a gamma sensitive scintillation screen (NaCe single crystal), that is monitored by a computer controlled low light level TV camera. The exposure time has been reduced to a duration of only a short fraction of that needed for the conventional transfer process. The presented ENR images consist of electronic signals that are handled by an advanced image processing and analyzing program, the Iman 1.4 version, using a task oriented video grabber.

  8. Progress in computer vision and image analysis

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    Bunke, Horst; Sánchez, Gemma; Otazu, Xavier

    2009-01-01

    This book is a collection of scientific papers published during the last five years, showing a broad spectrum of actual research topics and techniques used to solve challenging problems in the areas of computer vision and image analysis. The book will appeal to researchers, technicians and graduate students. Sample Chapter(s). Chapter 1: An Appearance-Based Method for Parametric Video Registration (2,352 KB). Contents: An Appearance-Based Method for Parametric Video Registration (X Orriols et al.); Relevance of Multifractal Textures in Static Images (A Turiel); Potential Fields as an External

  9. Neuro Computing for Micro Structural Analysis

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was aimed to provide cost effective solution for the prediction of changes during the thermo mechanical process like rolling as well as to provide accurate and optimized information about the product properties such as grain size. The primary goal of neuro computing for micro structural analysis was to assists the metallurgist. A proper optimization of this process normally depends upon a combination of experience and expensive trials. The final microstructure was dependant on many parameters such as alloy composition, working temperature, local compression rate. Multi layer neural network was used with error back propagation as a learning algorithm. By using this technique it gave us optimized results.

  10. Social sciences via network analysis and computation

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    Kanduc, Tadej

    2015-01-01

    In recent years information and communication technologies have gained significant importance in the social sciences. Because there is such rapid growth of knowledge, methods and computer infrastructure, research can now seamlessly connect interdisciplinary fields such as business process management, data processing and mathematics. This study presents some of the latest results, practices and state-of-the-art approaches in network analysis, machine learning, data mining, data clustering and classifications in the contents of social sciences. It also covers various real-life examples such as t

  11. Computer modelling for LOCA analysis in PHWRs

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    A computer code THYNAC developed for analysis of thermal hydraulic transient phenomena during LOCA in the PHWR type reactor and primary coolant system is described. The code predicts coolant voiding rate in the core, coolant discharge rate from the break, primary system depressurization history and temperature history of both fuel and fuel clad. Reactor system is modelled as a set of connected fluid segments which represent piping, feeders, coolant channels, etc. Method of finite difference is used in the code. Modelling of various specific phenomena e.g. two-phase pressure drop, slip flow, pumps etc. in the code is described. (M.G.B.)

  12. FORTRAN computer program for seismic risk analysis

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    1976-01-01

    A program for seismic risk analysis is described which combines generality of application, efficiency and accuracy of operation, and the advantage of small storage requirements. The theoretical basis for the program is first reviewed, and the computational algorithms used to apply this theory are described. The information required for running the program is listed. Published attenuation functions describing the variation with earthquake magnitude and distance of expected values for various ground motion parameters are summarized for reference by the program user. Finally, suggestions for use of the program are made, an example problem is described (along with example problem input and output) and the program is listed.

  13. Interaction between radiography and metallography for explanation of nonrelevant indications in radiography [Paper II-e

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    Interdependence of radiography and metallography is stressed. Often radiographers come across indications which are not commonly encountered in radiography. Role of metallography to explain them and to assist in making decisions about acceptability or otherwise is highlighted through certain case histories. (author)

  14. The analysis method of the boron and nitrogen distribution for boron and nitrogen added steels by neutron PTA(Particle Tracking Auto-radiography)

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    In the steel making process, it's hard to control the amount and the distribution of nitrogen. Also nitrogen makes spots in the PTA analysis. So it's very important to evaluate the effect of nitrogen on the PTA for the analysis of boron distribution. The objects of this report are like these. - Evaluation of nitrogen effect for analysis of boron distribution by PTA - Evaluation of nitrogen distribution of the boron-free steel by PTA

  15. Computational methods for nuclear criticality safety analysis

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    Nuclear criticality safety analyses require the utilization of methods which have been tested and verified against benchmarks results. In this work, criticality calculations based on the KENO-IV and MCNP codes are studied aiming the qualification of these methods at the IPEN-CNEN/SP and COPESP. The utilization of variance reduction techniques is important to reduce the computer execution time, and several of them are analysed. As practical example of the above methods, a criticality safety analysis for the storage tubes for irradiated fuel elements from the IEA-R1 research has been carried out. This analysis showed that the MCNP code is more adequate for problems with complex geometries, and the KENO-IV code shows conservative results when it is not used the generalized geometry option. (author)

  16. Functional shoulder radiography with use of a dynamic flat panel detector.

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    Sakuda, Keita; Sanada, Shigeru; Tanaka, Rie; Kitaoka, Katsuhiko; Hayashi, Norio; Matsuura, Yukihiro

    2014-07-01

    Our purpose in this study was to develop a functional form of radiography and to perform a quantitative analysis for the shoulder joint using a dynamic flat panel detector (FPD) system. We obtained dynamic images at a rate of 3.75 frames per second (fps) using an FPD system. Three patients and 5 healthy controls were studied with a clinically established frontal projection, with abduction of the arms. The arm angle, glenohumeral angle (G-angle), and scapulothoracic angle (S-angle) were measured on dynamic images. The ratio of the G-angle to the S-angle (GSR) was also evaluated quantitatively. In normal subjects, the G-angle and S-angle changed gradually along with the arm angle. The G-angle was approximately twice as large as the S-angle, resulting in a GSR of 2 throughout the abduction of the shoulder. Changes in G-angle and S-angle tended to be irregular in patients with shoulder disorders. The GSR of the thoracic outlet syndrome, recurrent dislocation of the shoulder joint, and anterior serratus muscle paralysis were 3-7.5, 4-9.5, and 3.5-7.5, respectively. The GSR of the anterior serratus muscle paralysis improved to approximately 2 after orthopedic treatment. Our preliminary results indicated that functional radiography by FPD and computer-aided quantitative analysis is useful for diagnosis of some shoulder disorders, such as the thoracic outlet syndrome, recurrent dislocation of the shoulder joint, and anterior serratus muscle paralysis. The technique and procedures described comprise a simple, functional shoulder radiographic method for evaluation of the therapeutic effects of surgery and/or rehabilitation. PMID:24515244

  17. Quality control of virtual wedge in a linear electron accelerator with a computerized radiography system (CR)

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    For quality control of the virtual wedge there are several systems on the market as arrays of detectors or ionization chambers, linear or 2D configuration, radiochromic films or digital imaging systems incorporated in electron linear accelerators (ALE ). The present work aims at implementing a system of Computed Radiography (CR) for a routine check of the virtual wedge.

  18. The application of image processing to the detection of corrosion by radiography

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    The computer processing of digitised radiographs has been investigated with a view to improving x-radiography as a method for detecting corrosion. Linearisation of the image-density distribution in a radiograph has been used to enhance information which can be attributed to corrosion, making the detection of corrosion by radiography both easier and more reliable. However, conclusive evidence has yet to be obtained that image processing can result in the detection of corrosion which was not already faintly apparent on an unprocessed radiograph. A potential method has also been discovered for analysing the history of a corrosion site

  19. Validation of protocols for corrosion and deposit determination in pipes by radiography (by H. Fengqi)

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    Chinese experts have been actively participated in the CRP project to improve radiographic methods and develop testing protocols. Besides it, some R and D works, such as gamma scanning digital system, ultrasonic pigs, real-time radioscopy and gamma computer tomography techniques are carried out. In this paper only the radiography, film image digital processing and testing procedure are reported. The tangential radiography and film processing techniques is a powerful and effective NDT method for pipe corrosion/erosion/deposit examination without remove insulator. (author)

  20. Beam Characterization at the Neutron Radiography Facility

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    2013-01-01

    The quality of a neutron imaging beam directly impacts the quality of radiographic images produced using that beam. Fully characterizing a neutron beam, including determination of the beam’s effective length-to-diameter ratio, neutron flux profile, energy spectrum, image quality, and beam divergence, is vital for producing quality radiographic images. This project characterized the east neutron imaging beamline at the Idaho National Laboratory Neutron Radiography Reactor (NRAD). The experiments which measured the beam’s effective length-to-diameter ratio and image quality are based on American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. An analysis of the image produced by a calibrated phantom measured the beam divergence. The energy spectrum measurements consist of a series of foil irradiations using a selection of activation foils, compared to the results produced by a Monte Carlo n-Particle (MCNP) model of the beamline. Improvement of the existing NRAD MCNP beamline model includes validation of the model’s energy spectrum and the development of enhanced image simulation methods. The image simulation methods predict the radiographic image of an object based on the foil reaction rate data obtained by placing a model of the object in front of the image plane in an MCNP beamline model.