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  1. Is reject analysis necessary after converting to computed radiography?

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    Honea, Rosemary; Elissa Blado, Maria; Ma, Yinlin

    2002-01-01

    Reject analysis is an accepted standard of practice for quality assurance in conventional radiology. The need for reject analysis has been challenged by the introduction of computed radiography (CR) because of low reported reject rates and because criteria for improperly exposed images were lacking. Most CR systems include quality control (QC) workstations that are capable of modifying the appearance of images before release, and also of deleting poor images before they are analyzed. Texas Children's Hospital has been using computed radiography since October 1995, and now conducts essentially filmless imaging operations using a large-scale picture archival and communications system (PACS) with fourteen CR units. The QC workstation is a key element of our CR operation; however, the extensive software tools of the workstation are limited in terms of avoiding repeated examinations. Neither the QC workstation nor the PACS itself is designed to support reject analysis, so our task was to design a system that accommodates identification, isolation, and archiving of repeated examinations, making use of our electronic imaging systems. We had already developed transcription codes for our radiologist's examination critique, so we adopted these as codes for rejected images. The technologist at the QC workstation appends the critique code to patient demographic information, modifies other fields to indicate that the image is rejected, and archives as usual. Modified routing tables prevent the release of rejected images but ensure they are available for review. Our frequency and reasons for repeated examinations are comparable to other reports of reject analysis in the literature. The most frequent cause of a repeated examination is mis-positioning. The process of developing the method for capturing repeat, collecting the data, and analyzing it is only one-half of the battle; to achieve an improvement in services, it is necessary to feed back the results to management and staff and to implement training as indicated. It is our intention to share our results with PACS and CR vendors in the hope that they will incorporate some mechanisms for reject analysis into the design of their systems. PMID:12105696

  2. 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)

  3. 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)

  4. 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)

  5. Comparison of film digitization and computed radiography for quantitative analysis of lung texture

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    The authors are developing an automated computerized scheme to quantify interstitial diseases by using physical measure of lung textures in chest radiographs. In order to implement this scheme for practical use, the authors are investigating the effect of different digital systems on the performance of this scheme. Chest images of the same patients were obtained with conventional film and a computed radiography (CR) system. Texture measures were determined by digitization of chest radiographs with a drum scanner (0.1-mm pixel size) and laser scanner (0.175-mm pixel size), as well as from digital images with CR system (0.2mm pixel size). Receiver operating characteristic curves for detection of interstitial disease obtained with three digital system are compared together with analysis of their imaging properties

  6. 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.

  7. Computed radiography in NDT applications

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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 more 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. (author)

  8. One year's results from a server-based system for performing reject analysis and exposure analysis in computed radiography.

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    Jones, A Kyle; Polman, Raimund; Willis, Charles E; Shepard, S Jeff

    2011-04-01

    Rejected images represent both unnecessary radiation exposure to patients and inefficiency in the imaging operation. Rejected images are inherent to projection radiography, where patient positioning and alignment are integral components of image quality. Patient motion and artifacts unique to digital image receptor technology can result in rejected images also. We present a centralized, server-based solution for the collection, archival, and distribution of rejected image and exposure indicator data that automates the data collection process. Reject analysis program (RAP) and exposure indicator data were collected and analyzed during a 1-year period. RAP data were sorted both by reason for repetition and body part examined. Data were also stratified by clinical area for further investigation. The monthly composite reject rate for our institution fluctuated between 8% and 10%. Positioning errors were the main cause of repeated images (77.3%). Stratification of data by clinical area revealed that areas where computed radiography (CR) is seldom used suffer from higher reject rates than areas where it is used frequently. S values were log-normally distributed for examinations performed under either manual or automatic exposure control. The distributions were positively skewed and leptokurtic. S value decreases due to radiologic technology student rotations, and CR plate reader calibrations were observed. Our data demonstrate that reject analysis is still necessary and useful in the era of digital imaging. It is vital though that analysis be combined with exposure indicator analysis, as digital radiography is not self-policing in terms of exposure. When combined, the two programs are a powerful tool for quality assurance. PMID:19885636

  9. 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 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

  10. 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

  11. Digital radiography of pulmonary abnormalities using Fuji computed radiography (FCR)

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    Fuji computed radiography (FCR) utilizing imaging plates stimulated by a scanning lazer has been developed in Japan and come to be widely available in diagnostic radiology. This system is advantageous because many processed images can be obtained with a single exposure. However, no reports have been published on the exact conditions necessary under which the FCR image processing method will produce improved visibility of pulmonary abnormal shadows on chest radiographs. In this report, chest FCR images obtained from 50 patients were analyzed, and the best practical image processing conditions were determined for each pathological state. Fundamental analysis was also performed for spatial and contrast resolution with FUNK chart and Burger's phantom using various thickness of acryl plate. Ninety processing images per exposure were analyzed, and the best practical conditions were determined. (author)

  12. 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)

  13. 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,

    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 ...

  14. Standard guide for computed radiography

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    2010-01-01

    1.1 This guide provides general tutorial information regarding the fundamental and physical principles of computed radiography (CR), definitions and terminology required to understand the basic CR process. An introduction to some of the limitations that are typically encountered during the establishment of techniques and basic image processing methods are also provided. This guide does not provide specific techniques or acceptance criteria for specific end-user inspection applications. Information presented within this guide may be useful in conjunction with those standards of 1.2. 1.2 CR techniques for general inspection applications may be found in Practice E2033. Technical qualification attributes for CR systems may be found in Practice E2445. Criteria for classification of CR system technical performance levels may be found in Practice E2446. Reference Images Standards E2422, E2660, and E2669 contain digital reference acceptance illustrations. 1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the ...

  15. Computed radiography systems performance evaluation

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    The performance of a computed radiography system was evaluated, according to the AAPM Report No. 93. Evaluation tests proposed by the publication were performed, and the following nonconformities were found: imaging p/ate (lP) dark noise, which compromises the clinical image acquired using the IP; exposure indicator uncalibrated, which can cause underexposure to the IP; nonlinearity of the system response, which causes overexposure; resolution limit under the declared by the manufacturer and erasure thoroughness uncalibrated, impairing structures visualization; Moire pattern visualized at the grid response, and IP Throughput over the specified by the manufacturer. These non-conformities indicate that digital imaging systems' lack of calibration can cause an increase in dose in order that image prob/ems can be so/ved. (author)

  16. Direct detector radiography versus dual reading computed radiography: feasibility of dose reduction in chest radiography

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    The image quality of dual-reading computed radiography and dose-reduced direct radiography of the chest was compared in a clinical setting. The study group consisted of 50 patients that underwent three posteroanterior chest radiographs within minutes, one image obtained with a dual read-out computed radiography system (CR; Fuji 5501) at regular dose and two images with a flat panel direct detector unit (DR; Diagnost, Philips). The DR images were obtained with the same and with 50% of the dose used for the CR images. Images were evaluated in a blinded side-by-side comparison. Eight radiologists ranked the visually perceivable difference in image quality using a three-point scale. Then, three radiologists scored the visibility of anatomic landmarks in low and high attenuation areas and image noise. Statistical analysis was based on Friedman tests and Wilcoxon rank sum tests at a significance level of P<0.05. DR was judged superior to CR for the delineation of structures in high attenuation areas of the mediastinum even when obtained with 50% less dose (P<0.001). The visibility of most pulmonary structures was judged equivalent with both techniques, regardless of acquisition dose and speed level. Scores for image noise were lower for DR compared with CR, with the exception of DR obtained at a reduced dose. Thus, in this clinical preference study, DR was equivalent or even superior to the most modern dual read-out CR, even when obtained with 50% dose. A further dose reduction does not appear to be feasible for DR without significant loss of image quality. (orig.)

  17. Computed multiple-beam equalization radiography

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    Multiple-beam equalization radiography (MBER) minimizes the problem of various body thicknesses as well as large variations of tissue density in projectional radiography. Computed radiography (CR) with a reusable laser-stimulated luminescent phosphor image plate allows a very large dynamic range of exposure as well as a digital image processing technique for image enhancement. Combination of the MBER and CR technologies can potentially improve the diagnostic value of projection radiography. An Amber advanced multiple-beam equalization radiography system and a FCR/SP901 CR system were used for this study. X-ray exposures of step wedges, line pair phantoms, anthropomorphic chest phantom, and volunteers were taken with the Amber, first with the film/screen cassette and then with the CR imaging plate. Two comparisons were made: analog Amber film versus CR film and digitized Amber film versus CR Amber images displayed on 2K video monitors

  18. Enhanced Visualization Methods for Computed Radiography Images

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    Bonciu, Cristian; Rezaee, Mahmoud R.; Edwards, Warren

    2005-01-01

    This paper focuses on the application of two image enhancement techniques for the picture archiving and communications systems imaging diagnostic workstation applied to computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography images. The first method is a contrast enhancement technique based on a class of nonlinear intensity transformations described by analytic transfer functions derived from Hurter and Driffield characteristic curves. The second method employs antialiasing techniques preventing th...

  19. Image characterization of computed radiography

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    The digital radiographic image became a reality as of the 80's decade. Since then, several works have been developed with the aim of reducing the exposure time to ionizing radiation obtaining in this way an excellent image quality with a minimum exposure. In the Computerized Radiography, the conventional film is substituted for Image Plate (IP) which consists of a radiosensitive layer of phosphor crystals on a polyester backing plate. The unique design makes it reusable and easy to handle. When exposed, the IP accumulates and stores the irradiated radioactive energy. In order to qualify a computerized radiography system it is necessary to evaluate the Image Plate. In this work it was performed a series of experimental procedures with the aim of evaluating the responses characteristics for different plates. For this purpose it was used a computerized radiographic system CR Tower Scanner - GE, with three different types of IPs, all of them manufactured by GE, whose nomenclatures are IPC, IPX and IPS. It was used the Rhythm Acquire and Review programs for image acquisition and treatment, respectively. (author)

  20. 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)

  1. 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

  2. Optimization of Dose and Image Quality for Computed Radiography and Digital Radiography

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    Aldrich, John E.; Duran, Emerenciana; Dunlop, Pat; Mayo, John R.

    2006-01-01

    The surface doses to patients during chest, abdomen and pelvis radiography were measured over a period of 3 years, during which time computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems were introduced to replace film–screen systems. For film–screen and CR the surface doses were measured with thermoluminescent dosimeters. For DR the surface doses were calculated from the dose–area product (DAP) meter readings. Measurements were made for each type of examination and detector type on ...

  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. 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)

  5. Advanced multiple beam equalization radiography (AMBER) combined with computed radiography

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    The combined use of AMBER (Advanced Multiple Beam Equalization Radiography) and a digital storage phosphor (SP) radiography system was evaluated for chest radiography in a pilot study with 4 patients. Four image modes with different dose levels were compared: The SP in combination with an AMBER equalized exposure (SP/AMBER) and 3 nonequalized exposures with dose levels corresponding to the respective calculated AMBER lung dose (SP/lung field dose), the calculated AMBER mediastinal dose (SP/mediastinal dose) and the calculated AMBER average dose (SP/average dose). All image modes were matched for Hurter and Driffield characteristics and subjectively rated according to visibility of details. The improved signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of SP/AMBER resulted in a better visualization of structures in the mediastinum and the basal lung where SP/lung field dose scored lowest. For the central lung no quality differences were seen between techniques. The compressed dynamic range of the SP/AMBER images was more easily displayed on the hard-copy film. The combination of AMBER with SP radiography promises to overcome the dynamic range limitations of digital displays while, at moderate doses, giving better S/N and image quality than standard SP technique. (orig.)

  6. The experimental and clinical evaluation of digital chest radiography using FCR (Fuji Computed Radiography)

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    Image quality of digital chest radiography using FCR (Fuji computed radiography) was evaluated experimentally and clinically, comparing with the conventional radiography using film-screen system (F-S system). In experimental study, Burger's phantom and Hawlet chart were used. The results were as follows. Almost the same amount of incident X-ray exposure was necessary for FCR to obtain the same resolution power as F-S system. Contrast enhancement processing did not improve resolution power in FCR. It was improved by the processing of spatial frequency enhancement in the range of lower than 0.5 c/mm, but was decreased by the same processing in the range of higher than 0.5 c/mm. In clinical study, chest radiograms of FCR and F-S system which were taken at the same day were evaluated. The results were as follows. Firstly, the visibility of abnormal shadows which were classified into nine types was evaluated subjectively by two chest-radiologists. As a result, FCR was superior to F-S system in visibility of the lesions overlapping mediastinum and diaphragm, calcifications and bone lesions. FCR was, however, inferior to F-S system in visibility of ground glass shadows, fine reticular shadows and granular shadows. In the second step, the detectability of those interstitial shadows was evaluated using ROC curve analysis. As a result, FCR was statistically inferior to F-S system in detectability of those interstitial shadows. (author)

  7. 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)

  8. 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)

  9. 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

  10. A new needle-crystalline computed radiography detector

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    Leblans, Paul; Struye, Luc; Willems, Peter

    2000-01-01

    The most successful digital radiography detectors to date have been storage phosphor plates used in computed radiography (CR). The detector is cheap, has good producibility, and is robust. Direct radiography (DR) systems are being developed based on flat-panel technology. Better image quality is claimed for some DR systems. On the other hand, DR detectors have low producibility and robustness, and a high price. A new CR detector is being developed at Agfa that combines the advantages of CR an...

  11. Spectrum optimization for computed radiography systems

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    Hummel, Johann; Semturs, Friedrich; Kaar, Marcus; Homolka, Peter; Figl, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Technical quality assurance (TQA) is one of the key issues in breast screening protocols where the two crucial aspects are image quality and dose. While digital radiography (DR) systems can produce excellent image quality at low dose, it appears often to be difficult with computed radiography (CR) systems to fulfill the requirements for image quality and to keep the dose below the limits. Here, the choice of the optimal spectrum can be necessary to comply with the limiting values given by the standards. To determine the optimal spectrum, we calculated the contrast-noise ratio (CNR) for different anode/filter (a/f) combinations in dependence of tube voltage. This was done for breast thicknesses of 50, 60 and 70 mm. The figure-of-merit to be optimized was the quotient of squared CNR and average glandular dose. The investigated imaging plates were made of BaFBrI:Eu from a Fuji CR system. For comparison we repeated the measurements on a Carestream system. With respect to the Fuji system we found that the two k-edges of Iodine at 33 kV and Barium at 37 kV influence the results significantly. A peak as found in DR systems is followed by two additional peaks resulting from the higher absorption at the k-edges. This can be experienced with all a/f combinations. The same effect also occurred on the Carestream system.

  12. Noise analysis of a digital radiography system

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    The sources of noise in a digital video subtraction angiography system were identified and analyzed. Signal-to-noise ratios of digital radiography systems were measured using the digital image data recorded in the computer. The major sources of noise include quantum noise, TV camera electronic noise, quantization noise from the analog-to-digital converter, time jitter, structure noise in the image intensifier, and video recorder electronic noise. A new noise source was identified, which results from the interplay of fixed pattern noise and the lack of image registration. This type of noise may result from image-intensifier structure noise in combination with TV camera time jitter or recorder time jitter. A similar noise source is generated from the interplay of patient absorption inhomogeneities and patient motion or image re-registration. Signal-to-noise ratios were measured for a variety of experimental conditions using subtracted digital images. Image-intensifier structure noise was shown to be a dominant noise source in unsubtracted images at medium to high radiation exposure levels. A total-system signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 750:1 was measured for an input exposure of 1 mR/frame at the image intensifier input. The effect of scattered radiation on subtracted image SNR was found to be greater than previously reported. The detail SNR was found to vary approximately as one plus the scatter degradation factor. Quantization error noise with 8-bit image processors (signal-to-noise ratio of 890:1) was shown to be of increased importance after recent improvements in TV cameras. The results of the analysis are useful both in the design of future digital radiography systems and the selection of optimum clinical techniques

  13. 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.

  14. Computed radiography imaging plates and associated methods of manufacture

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    Henry, Nathaniel F.; Moses, Alex K.

    2015-08-18

    Computed radiography imaging plates incorporating an intensifying material that is coupled to or intermixed with the phosphor layer, allowing electrons and/or low energy x-rays to impart their energy on the phosphor layer, while decreasing internal scattering and increasing resolution. The radiation needed to perform radiography can also be reduced as a result.

  15. 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)

  16. a study of computed radiography by whole body CT scanner

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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. (Kako, I.)

  17. Analysis on imaging features of mammography in computer radiography and investigation on gray scale transform and energy subtraction

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    In this dissertation, a novel transform method based on human visual response features for gray scale mammographic imaging in computer radiography (CR) is presented. The parameters for imaging quality on CR imaging for mammography were investigated experimentally. In addition, methods for image energy subtraction and a novel method of image registration for mammography of CR imaging are presented. Because the images are viewed and investigated by humans, the method of displaying differences in gray scale images is more convenient if the gray scale differences are displayed in a manner commensurate with human visual response principles. Through transformation of image gray scale with this method, the contrast of the image will be enhanced and the capability for humans to extract the useful information from the image will be increased. Tumors and microcalcifications are displayed in a form for humans to view more simply after transforming the image. The method is theoretically and experimentally investigated. Through measurement of the parameters of a geometrically blurred image, MTF, DQE, and ROC on CR imaging, and also comparison with the imaging quality of screen-film systems, the results indicate that CR imaging qualities in DQE and ROC are better than those of screen-film systems. In geometric blur of the image and MTF, the differences in image quality between CR and the screen-film system are very small. The results suggest that the CR system can replace the screen-film system for mammography imaging. In addition, the results show that the optimal imaging energy for CR mammography is about 24 kV. This condition indicates that the imaging energy of the CR system is lower than that of the screen-film system and, therefore, the x-ray dose to the patient for mammography with the CR system is lower than that with the screen-film system. Based on the difference of penetrability of x ray with different wavelength, and the fact that the part of the x-ray beam will pass through the image plate in the procedure of CR imaging, the method of subtraction of the two images which were taken in the same time with one exposure can increase the diagnostic information. Image registration for mammography with CR imaging is usually ignored because the two images are taken in one exposure time. This dissertation investigated the necessity of image registration for image energy subtraction in CR mammography imaging. A novel method for image registration that can reduce the computing time is established, based on the features of CR imaging for mammography

  18. 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

  19. Simulation of computed radiography with imaging plate detectors

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    Tisseur, D.; Costin, M.; Mathy, F.; Schumm, A.

    2014-02-01

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. Portable Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography Manual

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    This user manual describes the function and use of the portable digital radiography and computed tomography (DRCT) scanner. The manual gives a general overview of x-ray imaging systems along with a description of the DRCT system. An inventory of the all the system components, organized by shipping container, is also included. In addition, detailed, step-by-step procedures are provided for all of the exercises necessary for a novice user to successfully collect digital radiographs and tomographic images of an object, including instructions on system assembly and detector calibration and system alignment. There is also a short section covering the limited system care and maintenance needs. Descriptions of the included software packages, the DRCT Digital Imager used for system operation, and the DRCT Image Processing Interface used for image viewing and tomographic data reconstruction are given in the appendixes. The appendixes also include a cheat sheet for more experienced users, a listing of known system problems and how to mitigate them, and an inventory check-off sheet suitable for copying and including with the machine for shipment purposes.

  2. 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 radiography; lung; observer performance; pediatrics; thorax

  3. Chest X ray effective doses estimation in computed radiography

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    Conventional chest radiography is technically difficult because of wide in tissue attenuations in the chest and limitations of screen-film systems. Computed radiography (CR) offers a different approach utilizing a photostimulable phosphor. photostimulable phosphors overcome some image quality limitations of chest imaging. The objective of this study was to estimate the effective dose in computed radiography at three hospitals in Khartoum. This study has been conducted in radiography departments in three centres Advanced Diagnostic Center, Nilain Diagnostic Center, Modern Diagnostic Center. The entrance surface dose (ESD) measurement was conducted for quality control of x-ray machines and survey of operators experimental techniques. The ESDs were measured by UNFORS dosimeter and mathematical equations to estimate patient doses during chest X rays. A total of 120 patients were examined in three centres, among them 62 were males and 58 were females. The overall mean and range of patient dosed was 0.073±0.037 (0.014-0.16) mGy per procedure while the effective dose was 3.4±01.7 (0.6-7.0) mSv per procedure. This study compared radiation doses to patients radiographic examinations of chest using computed radiology. The radiation dose was measured in three centres in Khartoum- Sudan. The results of the measured effective dose showed that the dose in chest radiography was lower in computed radiography compared to previous studies.(Author)

  4. 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

  5. Computed Radiography Exposure Indices in Mammography

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    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Studies indicate that computed radiography (CR can lead to increased radiation dose to patients. It is therefore important to relate the exposure indicators provided by CR manufacturers to the radiation dose delivered so as to assess the radiation dose delivered to patients directly from the exposure indicators. The aim of this study was to investigate the performance of an Agfa CR system in order to characterize the dose indicators provided by the system. The imaging plate response was characterized in terms of entrance exposure to the plate and the digital signal indicators generated by the system (SAL - Scanning Average Level and lgM - Logarithmic median for different beam qualities. Several exposures were performed on a mammography unit and the digital signal, expressed as SAL and lgM for each image was correlated with the entrance exposure on a standard ACR phantom. From this, the relationship between the Agfa dose indices (SAL and lgM and the average glandular dose (AGD in mammography was established. An equation was derived to calculate the AGD delivered to the patient as a function of the exposure indicator, lgM, and the kV. The results indicated that the measured AGD at 28kV for a standard breast thickness during routine calibration with the ACR phantom was 1.58mGy (lgM = 1.99, which is within 1.5% of the value calculated using the derived equation for a standard Perspex thickness of 4.2cm using the AEC (1.56mGy. The standard error in using this equation was calculated to be 8.3%.

  6. 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)

  7. Extremity exams optimization for computed radiography

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    The computed radiography (CR) has become the most used device for image acquisition, since its introduction in the 80s. The detection and early diagnosis, obtained through CR examinations, are important for the successful treatment of diseases of the hand. However, the norms used for optimization of these images are based on international protocols. Therefore, it is necessary to determine letters of radiographic techniques for CR system, which provides a safe medical diagnosis, with doses as low as reasonably achievable. The objective of this work is to develop an extremity homogeneous phantom to be used in the calibration process of radiographic techniques. In the construction process of the simulator, it has been developed a tissues' algorithm quantifier using Matlab®. In this process the average thickness was quantified from bone and soft tissues in the region of the hand of an anthropomorphic simulator as well as the simulators' material thickness corresponding (aluminum and Lucite) using technique of mask application and removal Gaussian histogram corresponding to tissues of interest. The homogeneous phantom was used to calibrate the x-ray beam. The techniques were implemented in a calibrated hand anthropomorphic phantom. The images were evaluated by specialists in radiology by the method of VGA. Skin entrance surface doses were estimated (SED) corresponding to each technique obtained with their respective tube charge. The thicknesses of simulators materials that constitute the homogeneous phantom determined in this study were 19.01 mm of acrylic and 0.81 mm of aluminum. A better picture quality with doses as low as reasonably achievable decreased dose and tube charge around 53.35% and 37.78% respectively, compared normally used by radiology diagnostic routine clinical of HCFMB-UNESP. (author)

  8. Computer-aided diagnosis in chest radiography. Study of the effect caused by varied image quality on texture analysis

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    Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system has been developing in the field of medical imaging. As CAD becomes more common in diagnostic radiology, it is expected that diagnostic performance will be improved. In actual use, however, the results of CAD might be affected by the quality of images, which are obtained under different exposure conditions and/or with differing devices. In this study, we investigated the effect of varied image quality on the results of texture analysis, a method developed by Katsuragawa, et al. and used in CAD for the detection of interstitial lung disease. To provide samples of varying image quality, we obtained images using various exposure doses and scatterer thicknesses. It was found that texture analysis was affected by differences in scatterer thickness. (author)

  9. Computer-aided diagnosis in chest radiography. Study of the effect caused by varied image quality on texture analysis

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    Kawashita, Ikuo; Ishida, Takayuki; Arimura, Hidetaka [Hiroshima International Univ., Kurose (Japan); Katsuragawa, Shigehiko; Doi, Kunio

    2000-03-01

    Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system has been developing in the field of medical imaging. As CAD becomes more common in diagnostic radiology, it is expected that diagnostic performance will be improved. In actual use, however, the results of CAD might be affected by the quality of images, which are obtained under different exposure conditions and/or with differing devices. In this study, we investigated the effect of varied image quality on the results of texture analysis, a method developed by Katsuragawa, et al. and used in CAD for the detection of interstitial lung disease. To provide samples of varying image quality, we obtained images using various exposure doses and scatterer thicknesses. It was found that texture analysis was affected by differences in scatterer thickness. (author)

  10. 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

  11. Copper doped alkali halides for computed radiography and digital imaging

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    Chakrabarti, K; Bandyopadhyay, P. K.; Barkyoumb, J. H.

    1998-01-01

    We report here the results of our x-ray fluorescence, photostimulated luminescence, and time resolved laser spectroscopy studies in KCI:Cu. This material seems to possess some desirable properties for being used as an imaging plate in computed radiography.

  12. Control dose in chest radiography after the installation of the computed radiography

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    The aim of this work is to verify patient does after the installation of the computed radiography. Entrance surface doses were obtained from a measurement of the output of the x-ray tube and exposure factor used at posteroanterior (PA) and lateral (LAT) chest in 50 adult patients before and after the installation. The obtained average values were 0.28±0.10mGy in the PA view and 0.8±0.5 mGy in the LAT view with the conventional screen-film system 0.27±0.06 mGy in PA view and 0.69±0.18 mGy in LAT view with the digital radiography system. The results do not exceed the diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) and are constant after the change of system. (Author)

  13. Studies on the Fuji computed radiography depended on the panoramic radiography

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    The Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR) developed recently involves the following procedures; photography in the same way as the hitherto radiography, printing auto imaging plate of photostimulable phospher, conversion to electric signals, and recording reproduced images by computerization. Highly valuable images for diagnoses in the medical field have already been obtained by the FCR. Then, we attempted to study FCR images panoramically radiographed for jaw lesions in the field of oral surgery. Method for study: As the samples to be studied, the selected subjects were cases of periodontal diseases, fracture of the jaw, odontogenic cyst and tumor, etc. In the present study the FCR images of panoramic radiography were compared with hitherto panoramic flat radiograms. Result of study: Although the images of the FCR vary depending on the methods of treatment, that is, on how gradient processing and spatial frequency enhancement are, the method of purpose-fitting treatment provided diagnostically significant images for grasping bone lesions. The images obtained from this FCR permitted us to grasp more distinctly condition of alveolar bone resorption in periodontal diseases, running of minute fracture lines in fracture of the jaw, and characteristic images of bone resorption in odontogenic cysts and tumor, etc. Thus the images of the FCR are highly useful in diagnosing bone lesions, but granularity of the images themselves have still been questioned, and additionally the images vary depending on the methods of gradient processing and spatial frequency enhancement. Therefore further repeat studies are probably needed for these questions. (author)

  14. Computer-aided Recognition of Emphysema on Digital Chest Radiography

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    Miniati, Massimo; Coppini, Giuseppe; Monti, Simonetta; Bottai, Matteo; Paterni, Marco; Ferdeghini, Ezio Maria

    2010-01-01

    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 ...

  15. 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)

  16. Practical guidelines for radiographers to improve computed radiography image quality

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    Computed Radiography (CR) has become a major digital imaging modality in a modern radiological department. CR system changes workflow from the conventional way of using film/screen by employing photostimulable phosphor plate technology. This results in the changing perspectives of technical, artefacts and quality control issues in radiology departments. Guidelines for better image quality in digital medical enterprise include professional guidelines for users and the quality control programme...

  17. 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)

  18. One Year’s Results from a Server-Based System for Performing Reject Analysis and Exposure Analysis in Computed Radiography

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    Jones, A Kyle; Polman, Raimund; Willis, Charles E.; Shepard, S. Jeff

    2009-01-01

    Rejected images represent both unnecessary radiation exposure to patients and inefficiency in the imaging operation. Rejected images are inherent to projection radiography, where patient positioning and alignment are integral components of image quality. Patient motion and artifacts unique to digital image receptor technology can result in rejected images also. We present a centralized, server-based solution for the collection, archival, and distribution of rejected image and exposure indicat...

  19. Advances in computed radiography systems and their physical imaging characteristics.

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    Cowen, A R; Davies, A G; Kengyelics, S M

    2007-12-01

    Radiological imaging is progressing towards an all-digital future, across the spectrum of medical imaging techniques. Computed radiography (CR) has provided a ready pathway from screen film to digital radiography and a convenient entry point to PACS. This review briefly revisits the principles of modern CR systems and their physical imaging characteristics. Wide dynamic range and digital image enhancement are well-established benefits of CR, which lend themselves to improved image presentation and reduced rates of repeat exposures. However, in its original form CR offered limited scope for reducing the radiation dose per radiographic exposure, compared with screen film. Recent innovations in CR, including the use of dual-sided image readout and channelled storage phosphor have eased these concerns. For example, introduction of these technologies has improved detective quantum efficiency (DQE) by approximately 50 and 100%, respectively, compared with standard CR. As a result CR currently affords greater scope for reducing patient dose, and provides a more substantive challenge to the new solid-state, flat-panel, digital radiography detectors. PMID:17981160

  20. Management of pediatric radiation dose using Agfa computed radiography

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    Schaetzing, R. [Agfa Corp., Greenville, SC (United States)

    2004-10-01

    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.)

  1. 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 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.)

  2. QC of direct radiography and computed radiography mammography systems: Image quality and average glandular dose

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    Today, two technologies have emerged in digital mammography: direct radiology (DR) and computed radiology (CR). The introduction of these technologies leads to different measures and limitations in the quality control (QC) of these mammography systems. The objective of this work was to carry out QC tests on DR and CR mammography systems using the EUREF protocol about image quality and average glandular dose (AGD). These evaluations were made using the same test tools for both SIEMENS DR and CR mammography systems. Image quality was compared in terms of low contrast detectability, exposure time, and ghost factors. Exposure factors were selected clinically. Entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) was calculated from the measured output for PMMA thickness of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 cm. The AGD was determined from ESAK and the measured half-value layer (HVL), and the respective conversion factors were obtained from the protocol. Test results indicated that DR mammography system selected a longer exposure time and a higher ghost image factor. CR mammography system yielded mean contrast-detail score higher than that of the DR system, for smaller details. The contrast-detail curves of both systems are shown. They indicate that the DR system has better low contrast detectability than the CR system, as seen from the contrast-detail curve that extends further to the left toward small detail. HVL of DR mammography system is higher than that of CR system. The entrance surface air kerma and average glandular dose of both systems: direct radiography and computed radiography is shown. For both systems, AGD decreases as PMMA thickness increases; AGD for DR is higher. To conclude, both DR and CR mammography systems performed well within the stated values of the EUREF protocol. However, we found that the DR mammography system operated with higher beam quality that resulted in higher dose and better low contrast detectability. Therefore, DR should not be considered equal to CR mammography system

  3. High resolution digital radiography and three-dimensional computed tomography

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    The predominant method used for radiographic inspection of aerospace hardware is film radiography, which is costly and time consuming. Each inspection requires many films to obtain successful viewing geometries under various x-ray conditions. Film radiography is also labor intensive, since the operator must place the film, expose it, remove it, and develop it before the images can be viewed or interpreted. In complex film inspections, it may not be possible to optimize the inspection because of the short periods allotted for nondestructive inspection (NDI). Storage and retrieval of the x-ray film is also rather cumbersome and labor intensive. Finally, film radiographs must be digitized and processed to extract quantitative information. Real-time radiographic (RTR) and near-real-time radiographic imaging systems offer solutions to some of the problems of film radiography. First, the operator can view the image immediately upon acquisition and thus optimize the inspection in a timely manner, and second, because the images are acquired electronically, the need for developing images is eliminated, and image analysis, storage, and retrieval are simplified. In this paper, the authors describe new solid-state x-ray camera system designs, the new scintillating glass and fiber-optic x-ray-to-light conversion screens, and their performance in x-ray tests. They compare the performance of these systems with that of x-ray image-intensifier tube systems and discuss the use of these new systems for acquisition of 3-D CT images

  4. Cosine fitting radiography and computed tomography

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    Li, Pan-Yun; Zhang, Kai; Huang, Wan-Xia; Yuan, Qing-Xi; Wang, Yan; Ju, Zai-Qiang; Wu, Zi-Yu; Zhu, Pei-Ping

    2015-06-01

    A new method in diffraction-enhanced imaging computed tomography (DEI-CT) that follows the idea developed by Chapman et al. [Chapman D, Thomlinson W, Johnston R E, Washburn D, Pisano E, Gmur N, Zhong Z, Menk R, Arfelli F and Sayers D 1997 Phys. Med. Biol. 42 2015] in 1997 is proposed in this paper. Merged with a “reverse projections” algorithm, only two sets of projection datasets at two defined orientations of the analyzer crystal are needed to reconstruct the linear absorption coefficient, the decrement of the real part of the refractive index and the linear scattering coefficient of the sample. Not only does this method reduce the delivered dose to the sample without degrading the image quality, but, compared with the existing DEI-CT approaches, it simplifies data-acquisition procedures. Experimental results confirm the reliability of this new method for DEI-CT applications. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB825800), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11205189, 11375225, and U1332109), the Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. KJCX2-YW-N42, Y4545320Y2, and 542014IHEPZZBS50659).

  5. 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)

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

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    Oiveira, Davi F.; Calza, Cristiane; Rocha, Henrique S.; Nascimento, Joseilson R.; Lopes, Ricardo T., E-mail: davi@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: ccalza@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: henrique@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: joseilson@lin.ufrj.br, E-mail: ricardo@lin.ufrj.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear

    2013-07-01

    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)

  7. Technical and clinical breast cancer screening performance indicators for computed radiography versus direct digital radiography

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    To compare technical and clinical screening performance parameters between computed radiography (CR) and direct digital radiography (DR) systems. The number of women screened with CR was 73,008 and with DR 116,945. Technical and patient dose survey data of 25 CR and 37 DR systems were available. Technical performance was expressed by threshold thickness values at the mean glandular dose (MGD) level of routine practice. Clinical indicators included recall rate (RR), cancer detection rate (CDR), percentage of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), percentage of cancers with T-scores smaller than 1 cm and positive predictive value (PPV). Contrast threshold values for the 0.1-mm gold disk were 1.44 ?m (SD 0.13 ?m) for CR and 1.20 ?m (SD 0.13 ?m for DR). MGD was 2.16 mGy (SD 0.36 mGy) and 1.35 mGy (SD 0.32 mGy) for CR and DR respectively. We obtained for CR, respectively DR, the following results: RR in the first round of 5.48 % versus 5.61 %; RR in subsequent rounds of 2.52 % versus 2.65 %; CDR of 0.52 % versus 0.53 %; DCIS of 0.08 % versus 0.11 %; a rate of cancers with T-scores smaller than 1 cm of 0.11 % versus 0.11 %; PPV of 18.45 % versus 18.64 %; none of them was significantly different. Our screening indicators are reassuring for the use of CR and DR, with CR operating at 60 % higher MGD. (orig.)

  8. Technical and clinical breast cancer screening performance indicators for computed radiography versus direct digital radiography

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    Bosmans, Hilde; Lemmens, Kim; Zanca, Federica; Ongeval, Chantal van; Steen, Andre van [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium); Hauwere, An de; Thierens, Hubert [Ghent University, QCC, Ghent (Belgium); Herck, Koen van; Bleyen, Luc; Mortier, Griet [Ghent University, Centrum voor Preventie en Vroegtijdige Opsporing van Kanker, Department of Public Health, Ghent (Belgium); Martens, Patrick [Vroegtijdige Opsporing Borstklierkanker West-Vlaanderen vzw, Bruges (Belgium); Putte, Gretel vande; Kellen, Eliane; Limbergen, Erik van [Leuven University Center of Cancer Screening, Leuven (Belgium)

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    To compare technical and clinical screening performance parameters between computed radiography (CR) and direct digital radiography (DR) systems. The number of women screened with CR was 73,008 and with DR 116,945. Technical and patient dose survey data of 25 CR and 37 DR systems were available. Technical performance was expressed by threshold thickness values at the mean glandular dose (MGD) level of routine practice. Clinical indicators included recall rate (RR), cancer detection rate (CDR), percentage of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), percentage of cancers with T-scores smaller than 1 cm and positive predictive value (PPV). Contrast threshold values for the 0.1-mm gold disk were 1.44 {mu}m (SD 0.13 {mu}m) for CR and 1.20 {mu}m (SD 0.13 {mu}m for DR). MGD was 2.16 mGy (SD 0.36 mGy) and 1.35 mGy (SD 0.32 mGy) for CR and DR respectively. We obtained for CR, respectively DR, the following results: RR in the first round of 5.48 % versus 5.61 %; RR in subsequent rounds of 2.52 % versus 2.65 %; CDR of 0.52 % versus 0.53 %; DCIS of 0.08 % versus 0.11 %; a rate of cancers with T-scores smaller than 1 cm of 0.11 % versus 0.11 %; PPV of 18.45 % versus 18.64 %; none of them was significantly different. Our screening indicators are reassuring for the use of CR and DR, with CR operating at 60 % higher MGD. (orig.)

  9. Improvement of lung abnormality detection in computed radiography using multi-objective frequency processing: Evaluation by receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis

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    Tagashira, Hiroyuki [Department of Medical Physics and Engineering, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, 1-7 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Radiology Center of Ehime University Hospital, Shitsukawa, Toon, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan)], E-mail: syourin@swallow.m.ehime-u.ac.jp; Arakawa, Kenji; Yoshimoto, Masahiro; Mochizuki, Teruhito [Radiology Center of Ehime University Hospital, Shitsukawa, Toon, Ehime 791-0295 (Japan); Murase, Kenya [Department of Medical Physics and Engineering, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, 1-7 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Yoshida, Hiroyuki [Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 75 Blossom Court, Suite 220, Boston, MA 02114 (United States)

    2008-03-15

    Computed radiography (CR) has been shown to have relatively low sensitivity for detection of pulmonary nodules. This poor sensitivity precludes its use as a screening modality despite the low cost, low dose and wide distribution of devices. The purpose of this study was to apply multi-objective frequency processing (MFP) to CR images and to evaluate its usefulness for diagnosing subtle lung abnormalities. Fifty CR images with simulated subtle lung abnormalities were obtained from 50 volunteers. Each image was processed with MFP. We cut chest images. The chest image was divided into two rights and left. A total of 200 half-chest images (100 MFP-processed images and 100 MFP-unprocessed images) were prepared. Five radiologists participated in this study. ROC analyses demonstrated that the detection rate of simulated subtle lung abnormalities on the CR images was significantly better with MFP (Az = 0.8508) than without MFP (Az = 0.7925). The CR images processed with MFP could be useful for diagnosing subtle lung abnormalities. In conclusion, MFP appears to be useful for increasing the sensitivity and specificity in the detection of pulmonary nodules, ground-glass opacity (GGO) and reticular shadow.

  10. 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)

  11. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed radiography in Achilles tendon rupture

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    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Radiography (CR) were performed in 15 patients with complete Achilles tendon rupture who were treated conservatively without surgery. MRI was obtained using Toshiba MRT 50 A superconductive machine, operaing at 0.5 Tesla. CR was performed by CR-101, Fuji Medical System. In fresh cases, ruptured tendons showed intermediate signal intensity on T1-weighted images and high intensity on T2-weighted images. Thickening of the tendon was observed in all cases except in very acute stage. Configuration of thickend tendons tends to be dumbbell shape in subacute stage and fusiform in chronic stage of more than six months after the initial trauma. In cases which showed high signal intensity at the ruptured area both on T1 and T2 weighted images, migration of fat into the sapces between the ruptured tendons was considered to be the major source of increased signal intensity. Computed radiography showed thickening of the tendon, blurring of anterior margin of the tendon, and decreased translucency of pre-Achilles fat pad. However, MRI better demonstrated the details of ruptured tendons when compared to CR, and thought to be an usefull way of following up the healing process of the ruptured tendon to facilitate more reasonable judgement of the time of removing plaster casts and stating exercise. (author)

  12. 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.

  13. Industrial radiography with Ir-192 using computed radiographic technique

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    The aim of this research is to study the utilization of a low activity Ir-192 gamma source for industrial radiographic testing using the Computed Radiography (CR) system. Due to a photo-salbutamol Imaging Plate (I P) using in CR is much more radiation sensitive than a type II film with lead foil intensifying screen, the exposure time with CR can be significantly reduced. For short-lived gamma-ray source like Ir-192 source, the exposure time must be proportionally increased until it is not practical particularly for thick specimens. Generally, when the source decays to an activity of about 5 Ci or less, it will be returned to the manufacturer as a radioactive waste. In this research, the optimum conditions for radiography of a 20 mm thick welded steel sample with 2.4 Ci Ir-192 was investigated using the CR system with high resolution image plate, i.e. type Bas-SR of the Fuji Film Co. Ltd. The I P was sandwiched by a pair of 0.25 mm thick Pb intensifying sere en. Low energy scattered radiations was filtered by placing another Pb sheet with a thickness of 3 mm under the cassette. It was found that the CR image could give a contrast sensitivity of 2.5 % using only 3-minute exposure time which was comparable to the image taken by the type II film with Pb intensifying screen using the exposure time of 45 minutes

  14. 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

  15. Digital radiography: are the manufacturers' settings too high? Optimisation of the Kodak digital radiography system with aid of the computed radiography dose index

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    Manufacturers offer exposure indices as a safeguard against overexposure in computed radiography, but the basis for recommended values is unclear. This study establishes an optimum exposure index to be used as a guideline for a specific CR system to minimise radiation exposures for computed mobile chest radiography, and compares this with manufacturer guidelines and current practice. An anthropomorphic phantom was employed to establish the minimum milliamperes consistent with acceptable image quality for mobile chest radiography images. This was found to be 2 mAs. Consecutively, 10 patients were exposed with this optimised milliampere value and 10 patients were exposed with the 3.2 mAs routinely used in the department of the study. Image quality was objectively assessed using anatomical criteria. Retrospective analyses of 717 exposure indices recorded over 2 months from mobile chest examinations were performed. The optimised milliampere value provided a significant reduction of the average exposure index from 1840 to 1570 (p<0.0001). This new ''optimum'' exposure index is substantially lower than manufacturer guidelines of 2000 and significantly lower than exposure indices from the retrospective study (1890). Retrospective data showed a significant increase in exposure indices if the examination was performed out of hours. The data provided by this study emphasise the need for clinicians and personnel to consider establishing their own optimum exposure indices for digital investigations rather than simply accepting manufacturers' guidelines. Such an approach, along with regular monitoring of indices, may result in a substantial reduction in patient exposure. (orig.)

  16. 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.

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

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    Correa, S.C.A. [Programa de Engenharia Nuclear/COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Caixa Postal 68509, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Centro Universitario Estadual da Zona Oeste - UEZO, Avenida Manuel Caldeira de Alvarenga, 1203, 23070-200, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: scorrea@con.ufrj.br; Souza, E.M. [Programa de Engenharia Nuclear/COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Caixa Postal 68509, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Departamento de Geologia/IGEO, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Caixa Postal 68509, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Oliveira, D.F. [Programa de Engenharia Nuclear/COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Caixa Postal 68509, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Silva, A.X. [PEN/COPPE-DNC/Poli-CT, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Caixa Postal 68509, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Lopes, R.T. [Programa de Engenharia Nuclear, COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, Caixa Postal 68509, 21945-970, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Marinho, C.; Camerini, C.S. [CENPES/PDEP/TMEC/PETROBRAS, Ilha do Fundao, Cidade Universitaria, 21949-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-10-15

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Neutron Radiography Analysis of a Transient Liquid Phase Joint

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    Ballhausen, H.; Abele, H; Eccleston, R. S.; Gaehler, R.; de Smith, A. J.; Steuwer, A.; Van Overberghe, A.

    2006-01-01

    Neutron radiography in many cases is the only non-destructive technique available for the analysis of a wide range of samples from metallurgy, materials engineering and materials testing. In this paper the potential of the technique is illustrated for a transient liquid phase (TLP) joint. TLP bonding produces interface free and stress free joints. The quality and properties of the joint depend on the diffusion of an interlayer into the base material. A TLP joint is visuali...

  20. 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)

  1. Application value of computed radiography energy subtraction in detecting pulmonary soft-tissue: comparison with direct digital radiography

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    Objective: To compare the efficiency of computed radiography energy subtraction (ES-CR) with direct digital radiography (DR) in detecting the pulmonary soft-tissue signals. Methods: The adult chest phantom including TRG was imaged by ES-CR and DR separately and was estimated by 6 radiologists with 5-value-differentiation method. ROC was used to analyze the performance of two systems. Images of DR and ES-CR of 28 patients with small lung cancer were diagnosed by 3 radiologists. Results: The area under the ROC curves was 0.727 in ES-CR and 0.827 in DR (Z=2.96, P2=5.14, P<0.05). Conclusions: The true positive proportion of DR might be higher than that of ES-CR. ES-CR is inferior to DR in detecting pulmonary soft-tissue signals. (authors)

  2. Human performance analysis of industrial radiography radiation exposure events

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    Reece, W.J.; Hill, S.G.

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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.

  3. Tomosynthesis in pulmonary cystic fibrosis with comparison to radiography and computed tomography: a pictorial review

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    Vult von Steyern, Kristina; Björkman-Burtscher, Isabella; Geijer, Mats

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this pictorial review is to illustrate chest imaging findings of cystic fibrosis (CF) using tomosynthesis (digital tomography), in comparison to radiography and computed tomography (CT). CF is a chronic systemic disease where imaging has long been used for monitoring chest status. CT exposes the patient to a substantially higher radiation dose than radiography, rendering it unsuitable for the often needed repeated examinations of these patients. Tomosynthesis has recently appea...

  4. 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.

    2011-07-01

    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)

  5. Image quality dependence on image processing software in computed radiography

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    Lourens Jochemus Strauss

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Background. Image post-processing gives computed radiography (CR a considerable advantage over film-screen systems. After digitisation of information from CR plates, data are routinely processed using manufacturer-specific software. Agfa CR readers use MUSICA software, and an upgrade with significantly different image appearance was recently released: MUSICA2. Aim. This study quantitatively compares the image quality of images acquired without post-processing (flatfield with images processed using these two software packages. Methods. Four aspects of image quality were evaluated. An aluminium step-wedge was imaged using constant mA at tube voltages varying from 40 to 117kV. Signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs and contrast-to-noise Ratios (CNRs were calculated from all steps. Contrast variation with object size was evaluated with visual assessment of images of a Perspex contrast-detail phantom, and an image quality figure (IQF was calculated. Resolution was assessed using modulation transfer functions (MTFs. Results. SNRs for MUSICA2 were generally higher than the other two methods. The CNRs were comparable between the two software versions, although MUSICA2 had slightly higher values at lower kV. The flatfield CNR values were better than those for the processed images. All images showed a decrease in CNRs with tube voltage. The contrast-detail measurements showed that both MUSICA programmes improved the contrast of smaller objects. MUSICA2 was found to give the lowest (best IQF; MTF measurements confirmed this, with values at 3.5 lp/mm of 10% for MUSICA2, 8% for MUSICA and 5% for flatfield. Conclusion. Both MUSICA software packages produced images with better contrast resolution than unprocessed images. MUSICA2 has slightly improved image quality than MUSICA.

  6. Neutron Radiography Analysis of a Transient Liquid Phase Joint

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    Ballhausen, H; Eccleston, R S; Gähler, R; Smith, A J; Steuwer, A; Van Overberghe, A

    2006-01-01

    Neutron radiography in many cases is the only non-destructive technique available for the analysis of a wide range of samples from metallurgy, materials engineering and materials testing. In this paper the potential of the technique is illustrated for a transient liquid phase (TLP) joint. TLP bonding produces interface free and stress free joints. The quality and properties of the joint depend on the diffusion of an interlayer into the base material. A TLP joint is visualised and the diffusion profile of the boron contained in the bonding additives is determined. Parameters of the bonding process are determined quantitatively from this profile, and flaws in the joint are detected.

  7. 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.)

  8. Digital panoramic radiography versus cone beam computed tomography in the delineation of maxillomandibular tumors.

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    Almeida-Barros, Renata Quirino de; Abilio, Vanessa Maria Freire; Yamamoto, Angela Toshie Araki; Melo, Daniela Pita de; Godoy, Gustavo Pina; Bento, Patricia Meira

    2015-01-01

    This research aimed to compare the efficacy of digital panoramic radiography (DPR) with that of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for delineation of odontogenic and nonodontogenic tumors. From November 2009 through March 2011, 23 tumors in the maxillomandibular complex were diagnosed by histopathological examination. All DPRs and CBCTs were obtained and analyzed by a single previously calibrated radiologist, who considered the following radiographic aspects: clarity of the lesion edges, relation with dental elements, involvement of adjacent anatomical structures, cortical bone expansion and disruption, and, if present, type of involved anatomical structures and site of bone expansion and disruption. Of 23 patients, 15 (65.2%) were male and 8 (34.8%) were female. The tumor was classified as odontogenic in 73.9% of patients and nonodontogenic in 26.1% of patients. Analysis revealed that 56.5% of the tumors were located in the mandible, 34.8% in the maxilla, and 8.7% in both arches. For all analyzed variables, CBCTs offered more accurate details than did DPRs. Panoramic radiography should not be the examination of choice to visualize lesions in the maxillomandibular complex. PMID:26545285

  9. 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)

    2013-07-01

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

  12. Computed radiography versus mobile direct radiography for bedside chest radiographs: Impact of dose on image quality and reader agreement

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    Aim: To asses the image quality and potential for dose reduction of mobile direct detector (DR) chest radiography as compared with computed radiography (CR) for intensive care unit (ICU) chest radiographs (CXR). Methods and materials: Three groups of age-, weight- and disease-matched ICU patients (n = 114 patients; 50 CXR per acquisition technique) underwent clinically indicated bedside CXR obtained with either CR (single read-out powder plates) or mobile DR (GOS-TFT detectors) at identical or 50% reduced dose (DR50%). Delineation of anatomic structures and devices used for patient monitoring, overall image quality and disease were scored by four readers. In 12 patients pairs of follow-up CR and DR images were available, and in 15 patients pairs of CR and DR50% images were available. In these pairs the overall image quality was also compared side-by-side. Results: Delineation of anatomy in the mediastinum was scored better with DR or DR50% than with CR. Devices used for patient monitoring were seen best with DR, with DR50% being superior to CR. In the side-by-side comparison, the overall image quality of DR and DR50% was rated better than CR in 96% (46/48) and 87% (52/60), respectively. Inter-observer agreement for the assessment of pathology was fair for CR and DR50% (? = 0.33 and ? = 0.39, respectively) and moderate for DR (? = 0.48). Conclusion: Mobile DR units offer better image quality than CR for bedside chest radiography and allow for 50% dose reduction. Inter-observer agreement increases with image quality and is superior with DR, while DR50% and CR are comparable.

  13. 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

    2009-03-15

    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)

  14. Observer variation for radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging of occult hip fractures

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    Collin, David; Dunker, Dennis; Goethlin, Jan H (Dept. of Radiology, Sahlgrenska Univ. Hospital, Moelndal (Sweden)), email: david.collin@vgregion.se; Geijer, Mats (Center for Medical Imaging and Physiology, Skaane Univ. Hospital, Lund Univ., Lund (Sweden))

    2011-10-15

    Background Conventional radiography is insufficient for diagnosis in a small but not unimportant number of hip fractures, and secondary imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is warranted. There are no convincing observer variation studies performed for conventional radiography or CT in occult fractures, and no large materials for MRI. Purpose To assess observer variation in radiography, CT and MRI of suspected occult, non-displaced hip fractures, and to evaluate to what extent observer experience or patient age may influence observer performance. Material and Methods A total of 375 patients after hip trauma where radiography was followed by CT or MRI to evaluate a suspected occult hip fracture were collected retrospectively from two imaging centers. After scoring by three observers with varying degrees of radiologic experience, observer variation was assessed by using linear weighted kappa statistics. Results For radiography, agreements between the three observers were moderate to substantial for intra capsular fractures, with kappa values in the ranges of 0.56-0.66. Kappa values were substantial for extracapsular fractures, in the ranges of 0.69-0.72. With increasing professional experience, fewer fractures were classified as equivocal at radiography. For CT and MRI, observer agreements were similar and almost perfect, with kappa values in the ranges of 0.85-0.97 and 0.93-0.97. Conclusion There were almost perfect observer agreements for CT and MRI in diagnosing non-displaced, occult hip fractures. Observer agreements for radiography were moderate to substantial, and observer experience influenced agreement only at radiography

  15. Observer variation for radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging of occult hip fractures

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    Background Conventional radiography is insufficient for diagnosis in a small but not unimportant number of hip fractures, and secondary imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is warranted. There are no convincing observer variation studies performed for conventional radiography or CT in occult fractures, and no large materials for MRI. Purpose To assess observer variation in radiography, CT and MRI of suspected occult, non-displaced hip fractures, and to evaluate to what extent observer experience or patient age may influence observer performance. Material and Methods A total of 375 patients after hip trauma where radiography was followed by CT or MRI to evaluate a suspected occult hip fracture were collected retrospectively from two imaging centers. After scoring by three observers with varying degrees of radiologic experience, observer variation was assessed by using linear weighted kappa statistics. Results For radiography, agreements between the three observers were moderate to substantial for intra capsular fractures, with kappa values in the ranges of 0.56-0.66. Kappa values were substantial for extracapsular fractures, in the ranges of 0.69-0.72. With increasing professional experience, fewer fractures were classified as equivocal at radiography. For CT and MRI, observer agreements were similar and almost perfect, with kappa values in the ranges of 0.85-0.97 and 0.93-0.97. Conclusion There were almost perfect observer agreements for CT and MRI in diagnosing non-displaced, occult hip fractures. Observer agreements for radiography were moderate to substantial, and observer experience influenced agreement only at radiography

  16. Standard practice for digital imaging and communication nondestructive evaluation (DICONDE) for computed radiography (CR) test methods

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    2010-01-01

    1.1 This practice facilitates the interoperability of computed radiography (CR) imaging and data acquisition equipment by specifying image data transfer and archival storage methods in commonly accepted terms. This practice is intended to be used in conjunction with Practice E2339 on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE). Practice E2339 defines an industrial adaptation of the NEMA Standards Publication titled Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM, see http://medical.nema.org), an international standard for image data acquisition, review, storage and archival storage. The goal of Practice E2339, commonly referred to as DICONDE, is to provide a standard that facilitates the display and analysis of NDE results on any system conforming to the DICONDE standard. Toward that end, Practice E2339 provides a data dictionary and a set of information modules that are applicable to all NDE modalities. This practice supplements Practice E2339 by providing information objec...

  17. Computed radiography (FCR) with a dual side reading system. Comparison with conventional radiography for visualization of nodular lung cancers

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    To assess the diagnostic capability Fuji computed radiography (FCR) using a dual side reading system was compared to the conventional radiography using a film-screen system. Twenty-eight patients with lung cancer were examined with a new FCR system (FCR 5501D) and a conventional screen-film system concurrently. FCR utilizes a reading system that detects emissions from dual sides of imaging plate. Chest X-rays were obtained with same exposure factors in both systems. Image qualities of both systems were compared by two radiologists using a five-level score. There were no lesion that FCR images were inferior to film-screen images. The frequency of score +1 or +2 that FCR images were superior to film-screen images was 31% in large nodular shadows, 40% in accompanying shadows with a nodule, 67% of small nodular shadows, and 43% of the lymph node swelling in the hilum of the lung or mediastinum. In large nodular shadows which were the most frequent abnormality score +1 or +2 were observed in 43% of adenocarcinoma and 26% of squamous cell lung cancer. FCR with the dual side reading system is superior to the conventional screen-film system for visualization of nodular lung cancers. (author)

  18. Development of a kinetic analysis technique for PACS management and a screening examination in dynamic radiography

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    The purpose of this study was to develop a method of kinetic analysis for picture archiving and communication system (PACS) management and computer-aided diagnostic application in dynamic chest radiography. The main analytical technique used in this study was a new algorithm that converts dynamic radiographs into a color-static image. The algorithm is a visualization technique for kinetic information that uses the intensity-density transformation and the direction classification in optical flow. The image made by the new algorithm was defined as a 'kinetic map', and, by analysis using the kinetic map, a patient collation system and nodule detection system were constructed. By analysis that used an artificial neural network of certain feature vectors as kinetic map similarity, the collation system obtained good identification performance. Temporal subtraction processing between a current-status map with simulated nodule and previous-status map detected the region of abnormality as the simulated nodule. It is expected that our method of analysis will be useful as a screening examination for risk management and computer-aided diagnostic application in dynamic chest radiography. (author)

  19. The clinical application of computed radiography in bedside photography of newborn

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    Objective: To evaluate the computed radiography in bedside photography of newborn, especially in chest radiography. Methods: Bedside CR images were selected in 100 cases randomly. The exposure parameters were optimized using the large latitude of CR. The details of images were post-processed and adjusted using spatial tuning technique. Then CR photography was compared with conventional X-ray photography. Results: The images acquired with CR had good contrast, high definition, and little distortion, in which the condemned image rate was 1%. While in conventional X-ray photography, the unsuccessful imaging rate is 9%. Conclusion: Bedside computed radiography of new-born, especially the chest imaging, is very helpful to improve image quality and positive rate of the diagnosis. (authors)

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

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    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

  1. Comparative dosimetry of dental cone beam computed tomography, panoramic radiography, and multislice computed tomography

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    The aim of this study was to compare the effective organ doses from cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), multislice computed tomography (MSCT), and panoramic radiography. The tissue-absorbed doses for the Kodak 9500 CBCT system, NewTom FP CBCT system, Morita Veraviewepocs panoramic X-ray device, and Somatom Sensation 16 MSCT system were calculated using thermoluminescent dosimeter chips placed at selected locations on a radiation analog dosimetry phantom. The tissue weighting factors recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection in 2007 were used to obtain effective doses. The effective doses from the CBCT systems were 118.65, 84.45, and 75.43 ?Sv for the Kodak 9500 large field of view (FOV), NewTom FP, and Kodak 9500 medium FOV, respectively. The effective doses were 11.37 ?Sv for the panoramic X-ray examination, 583.73 ?Sv for the MSCT ''Dental'' protocol, and 1983.89 ?Sv for the MSCT ''NeckThinSlice'' protocol. The doses from CBCT are not sufficiently low to allow its use as a routine imaging technique instead of panoramic radiography. The FOV size should be chosen carefully to prevent excessive exposure of the patient to radiation. The use of MSCT in dentistry is associated with much radiation and should be avoided in cases where CBCT is adequate for 3D evaluation. (author)

  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. Dual-energy phosphor cassette for computed radiography

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    A dual-energy imaging technique has been developed for selective material radiography of bone and soft tissue. The essential elements include a gadolinium prefilter, a stack of image-recording stimulable phosphor plates in a single cassette that detect images of progressively higher energy, image-driven scatter and beam-hardening corrections, an automatic registration routine for correcting misalignments between imaging plants, and a noise-reduction algorithm recently reported by Kalender. All processing stages have been implemented on a Pixar image processor. Dual-energy spectral studies aimed at system optimization, algorithm details, and preliminary clinical images will be presented

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

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    Cain, Gavin [Diagnostic Radiographer, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JL Essex (United Kingdom)], E-mail: gavincain8@hotmail.com; Shepherdson, Jane; Elliott, Vicki; Svensson, Jon [Faculty of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 9PT Cambridgeshire (United Kingdom); Brennan, Patrick [UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Health Science Building, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland)

    2010-02-15

    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. Conception of man in diagnostic radiography research – A discourse analysis of research articles from the journal radiography

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    Aim: To analyse discourses of conceptions of man in scientific texts of diagnostic radiography and how these conceptions are constructed in texts. Background: In this article conception of man refers to assumptions researchers have when selecting targets for research, choosing methods and making hypotheses. Method: A discourse analysis is being applied in this article to find discourses in scientific texts on diagnostic radiography. The material consisted of 45 articles from the journal Radiography from February 2009 to August 2013. Findings: Four main discourses were found. They were named technology-centred, patient-centred, doubtful patient and invisible patient discourses. In the technology-centred discourse patients were usually seen as an anonymous group, and they were passive. In the patient-centred discourse patient experiences were often sought and researchers tried to understand patients' emotions, physical abilities and social context. Patients were seen as individuals and active agents. In the doubtful patient discourse patients are not always trusted. In this discourse health care professionals often know better what is for the good of the patient. In the invisible patient discourse patients are invisible to the radiographer/researcher. They are seen merely as body parts, symptoms or diseases

  6. 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.)

  7. Analyze image quality and comparative study between conventional and computed radiography applied to the inspection of alloys

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    Machado, Alessandra S.; Oliveira, Davi F.; Silva, Aline S.S.; Nascimento, Joseilson R.; Lopes, Ricardo T., E-mail: alemachado@lin.ifrj.br [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (PEN/COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Programa de Engenharia Nuclear. Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear; Simoes, Heleno, E-mail: hsimoes@confab.com.br [CONFAB Industrial S.A. - Equipamentos, SP (Brazil); Universidade de Taubate (UNITAU), SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Piping system design takes into account relevant factors such as: internal coating, dimensioning, vibration system, adequate supports and principally, piping material. Cost is a decisive factor in the phase of material selection. The non-destructive testing method most commonly employed in industry to analyze the structure of an object is radiographic testing. Computed radiography (CR) is a quicker and much more efficient alternative to conventional radiography but, although CR presents numerous advantages, testing procedures are still largely based on trial and error, due to the lack of a consecrated methodology to choose parameters as it exists for conventional radiography. Notwithstanding, this paper presents a study that uses the technique of computed radiography to analyze metal alloys. These metal alloys are used as internal pipe coating aiming to protect against corrosion and cracks. This study seeks to evaluate parameters such as basic spatial resolution, Normalized Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNRN), contrast, intensity and also to compare conventional radiography with CR. (author)

  8. Analyze image quality and comparative study between conventional and computed radiography applied to the inspection of alloys

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    Piping system design takes into account relevant factors such as: internal coating, dimensioning, vibration system, adequate supports and principally, piping material. Cost is a decisive factor in the phase of material selection. The non-destructive testing method most commonly employed in industry to analyze the structure of an object is radiographic testing. Computed radiography (CR) is a quicker and much more efficient alternative to conventional radiography but, although CR presents numerous advantages, testing procedures are still largely based on trial and error, due to the lack of a consecrated methodology to choose parameters as it exists for conventional radiography. Notwithstanding, this paper presents a study that uses the technique of computed radiography to analyze metal alloys. These metal alloys are used as internal pipe coating aiming to protect against corrosion and cracks. This study seeks to evaluate parameters such as basic spatial resolution, Normalized Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNRN), contrast, intensity and also to compare conventional radiography with CR. (author)

  9. Evaluation of diagnostic accuracy of conventional and digital periapical radiography, panoramic radiography, and cone-beam computed tomography in the assessment of alveolar bone loss

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    Wilton Mitsunari Takeshita

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of different radiographic methods in the assessment of proximal alveolar bone loss (ABL. Materials and Methods: ABL, the distance between cement-enamel junction and alveolar bone crest, was measured in 70 mandibular human teeth - directly on the mandibles (control, using conventional periapical radiography with film holders (Rinn XCP and Han-Shin, digital periapical radiography with complementary metal-oxide semiconductor sensor, conventional panoramic, and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT. Three programs were used to measure ABL on the images: Image tool 3.0 (University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Kodak Imaging 6.1 (Kodak Dental Imaging 6.1, Carestream Health ® , Rochester, NY, USA, and i-CAT vision 1.6.20. Statistical analysis used ANOVA and Tukey?s test at 5% significance level. Results: The tomographic images showed the highest means, whereas the lowest were found for periapical with Han-Shin. Controls differed from periapical with Han-Shin (P < 0.0001. CBCT differed from panoramic (P = 0.0130, periapical with Rinn XCP (P = 0.0066, periapical with Han-Shin (P < 0.0001, and digital periapical (P = 0.0027. Conventional periapicals with film holders differed from each other (P = 0.0007. Digital periapical differed from conventional periapical with Han-Shin (P = 0.0004. Conclusions: Conventional periapical with Han-Shin film holder was the only method that differed from the controls. CBCT had the closest means to the controls.

  10. Analysis of sculptures using XRF and X-ray radiography

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    Calza, C.; Oliveira, D. F.; Freitas, R. P.; Rocha, H. S.; Nascimento, J. R.; Lopes, R. T.

    2015-11-01

    This work reports the analysis of two sacred images on polychrome wood using X-ray Radiography and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence. The first case is the analysis of a sculpture portraying Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro, which is considered the second most ancient sacred image of Brazil. This sculpture was made in Portugal and was transported to Brazil by Estácio Sá, founder of the city of Rio de Janeiro, in 1565. Nowadays, it is located on the main altar of the Church of Capuchin Friars. The second case is the analysis of a sculpture representing Our Lady of Conception, which is located in the D. João VI Museum (EBA/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro). The objective of these analyses was to evaluate the general conditions of the sculptures, identifying possible problems and internal damages, areas that revealed signs of previous retouchings and the materials and pigments employed by the artists, in order to assist its restoration procedures. EDXRF measurements were carried out with a portable system, developed at the Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, consisting of a Si-PIN XR-100CR detector from Amptek and an Oxford TF3005 X-ray tube with W anode. An X-ray source, a CR System GE CR50P and IP detectors were used to perform the radiographs. The XRF analysis of the sculptures identified the original pigments in both cases and the radiographic images revealed details of the manufacture; restored regions; extensive use of lead white; presence of cracks on the wood; use of nails and spikes, etc.

  11. Comparison of periapical radiography with cone beam computed tomography in the diagnosis of vertical root fractures in teeth with metallic post

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    Full Text Available Aim: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of conventional periapical radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT in detecting vertical root fracture (VRF in tooth with metallic post (MP. Materials and Methods: Twenty endodontically-treated teeth received MPs, artificial fractures were created in 10 teeth, and they were all examined with tomography and radiography. The sample consisted of periapical radiography with post and without post, and tomography with post and without post; each group with five fractured and five non-fractured teeth. The images were evaluated by three dental/maxillofacial radiologists and statistical validations were carried out using receiver operating characteristic (ROC analysis. Results: Sensitivity and specificity of the area under the ROC (Az of tomography with post (Az = 0.953 and without post (Az = 0.956 were significantly higher than those of periapical radiography with post (Az = 0.753 and without post (Az = 0.778. Conclusion: CBCT was more accurate than conventional periapical radiography in detecting VRF.

  12. 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.

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    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...

  13. Comparison of conventional and computed radiography in neonatal and infant intensive care patient evaluations

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    A retrospective study comparing portable chest images generated by a computed radiography system with those generated by conventional film radiogrphy is in process. The computed radiography system uses a photostimulable imaging plate, an A/D converter, and image processor, and an image recorder. More than 200 serial portable examinations were reviewed and only the ''shortest interval'' pairs of images from 40 different patients are being evaluated. Included is a spectrum of neonatal lung disease and both assisted ventilation and postoperative complications. The images are reviewed in a blinded fashion by a pediatric cardiovascular radiologist, a pediatric radiologist, two neonatologists, and a neonatal nurse practitioner. The following parameters are assessed: image quality and resolution visualization of normal structures, radiation dosimetry, and diagnostic accuracy

  14. Comparison of conventional film and computed radiography in neonatal and pediatric intensive care patient evaluations

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    A prospective study comparing only portable images generated by a computed radiography system with conventional film radiographs is in progress. The computed radiography system uses a photostimulable imaging plate, an analog-digital converter, an image processor, and an image recorder. More than 200 serial portable examinations in 50 patients are being reviewed. The comparisons include the spectrum of neonatal lung disease, pediatric respiratory distress syndrome, complications of assisted ventilation, and postoperative chest, abdomen, and muskuloskeletal applications. The images are reviewed in a blinded fashion by four experienced general radiologists, two pediatric radiologists, and two neonatologists. The following parameters are assessed: image quality and resolution, depiction of normal structures, radiation dosimetry, and diagnostic accuracy

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Performance evaluation of two computed radiography systems and patient dose in pelvic examination

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    This study was carried out to evaluate the performance of two computed radiography (CR) units. These evaluations became necessary following the introduction of CR systems in Sudan. Evaluation of the CR systems was performed using physical image quality parameters: signal transfer property, modulation transfer function, normalised noise power spectrum, detective quantum efficiency and the subjective contrast detail detectability. Patient dose was measured in terms of entrance surface air kerma estimated from tube output and exposure factors for 100 patients who had undergone pelvic X-ray examinations. Fuji computed radiography velocity system with columnar screen dose results was much lower than those using CR975 system with granular screen. Patient doses delivered by both systems were within the international diagnostic reference levels. (authors)

  19. Californium-252 neutron multiplier for neutron radiography and activation analysis

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    It has become increasingly evident that small milligram quantities of 252Cf will not produce neutron activation or radiography capabilities for high resolution production work. Quantities of the order of 50 to 100 mgs are required if neutron activation and radiography are to become an industrial tool. Fluxes of sufficient intensity for neutron activation and radiography can be obtained from a few mgs of 252Cf with the use of a subcritical neutron multiplier at a cost savings over a large 252Cf source. Two different models of multipliers have been tested and used at Aerojet Nuclear Company. One multiplier has a large irradiation region for irradiating large samples whereas the second is a compact optimized multiplier for producing neutron radiography beams and irradiating small capsules. These experiments indicate that a neutron multiplier for multiplying 252Cf neutrons can be built safe and at considerable savings over equivalent large 252Cf neutron sources. High resolution neutron radiography is possible with this device, having a neutron flux of 5 x 105 n/cm2sec with a resolution L/D = 250. (U.S.)

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

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    Muhogora Wilbroad; Padovani Renato; Msaki Peter

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    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...

  1. Measurement and analysis of release isentropes using proton radiography (u)

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    Off-Hugoniot measurements are needed to further develop predictive models that accurately describe the behavior of metals undergoing phase transitions. Predictive modeling of phase transitions is essential for LANL to meet its programmatic objectives. Understanding the dynamic evolution of density as a function of time during the release process is important to developing high fidelity equation of state models. This is particularly true for metals that have a degree of complexity, such as a solid-solid phase transition. The equations-of-state (EOS) for metals with complexity are more difficult to measure and to model, and states far away from where measurements are easily made can be poorly known. Accurate density measurements can provide us with additional fundamental information that can be used to further constrain the equation of state for a material. Currently release isentrope information is obtained from shock experiments at a sample window interface using optical velocimetry. This data is highly convoluted due to wave interactions between the sample window-interface making it difficult to infer physical processes happening within the material. Proton radiography has the ability to probe the release waves in-situ before these wave interactions can take place. Since multiple radiographs are obtained in each experiment, pRad provides the unique capability of being able to measure both density and wave evolution within the material. The measurement of release wave densities, however, presents new challenges for pRad since the release wave of a shocked transition is not a step function but instead a ramped wave. Previous pRad experiments have generally measured density jumps over step transitions; therefore, new analysis techniques will have to be developed to measure the ramped density change of a release isentrope. Once developed, these new analysis techniques can also be used for experiments that involve ramped compression. This kind of compression is being used to measure states close to an isentrope. The ability analyze ramp wave data is an essential component to further the use of proton radiography to study any off-Hugoniot behavior. Wave speeds in materials depend upon the speed of sound which in turn is a function of pressure in the material. At higher pressures the sound speed is faster; at lower pressures the sound speed is slower; this is what causes shock waves to form. This same effect causes the shape of release waves to change with time. The wave will be running faster at the top and slower at the bottom, its slope steeper at the top and less at the bottom due to pressure changes. These are unsteady waves. WONDY simulations of these wave shape characteristics are shown in Fig. 1 for a Cu symmetric impact. We will need to look at how the shape of the wave changes over time and affects the measurement of the density as a function of time. Additionally we need to quantify the uncertainties in the spatial and density measurements as a function of ramp rate and shock strength. We will look at aluminum or copper to validate the analysis techniques that will need to be developed. Finally, we will perform shock loaded phase transition experiments on iron, zirconium, and tin using the developed analysis techniques for incorporation into predictive models. The iron (and possibly tin) experiments will introduce a new degree of complexity because of the existence of a rarefaction shock in the release wave.

  2. Digital mammography with synchrotron radiation: characterization of a novel computed radiography system

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    Trivellato, S.; Vandenbroucke, D.; Arfelli, F.; Bessem, M.; Fedon, C.; Longo, R.; Tromba, G.; Taibi, A.

    2015-08-01

    Breast X-ray imaging is a continuous research field to define dedicated equipment, with specialized X-ray sources and efficient detectors to improve image quality with an equal or even lower patient dose. The Needle Imaging Plate HM5.0, produced by Agfa, has been characterized using synchrotron radiation to assess the performance of this novel imaging chain in comparison to conventional mammographic equipment. The detection performance has been initially assessed in terms of Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE) and its computation showed that DQE curves are very close to the typical results for digital radiography systems. Image threshold contrast has been then evaluated using the CDMAM phantom. The analysis has been completed with a scoring of visible details in the radiographs of the TORMAM phantom. The characterization thus confirms that monochromaticity leads to an equal image quality with a lower glandular dose and phase-contrast effects lead to an increase in anatomical structure detectability. Finally, a preliminary evaluation of clinical images showed a clear improvement in image quality thanks to phase-contrast contribution and to detector performance.

  3. Noise and contrast performance of the Toshiba Computed Radiography system TCR 201

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    The Toshiba Computed Radiography system (TCR) is one of the first digital x-ray imaging systems, which permits imaging of large area formats up to the chest format of 14'' x 17''. Its uses an imagining plate, based on a storage phosphor, which is read out with the aid of a scanning laser beam after exposure to x-radiation in the patients examination room, making use of photostimulable radioluminescence (PSL). As a truly digital system, it separates the functions of detection and display such that the information displayed to the human observer can be optimized with respect to the requirements of the observer. This paper investigates the noise both as total noise (rms) and as noise power per spatial frequency (Noise Power Spectrum, NPS), each one in dependence of the x-ray exposure. Furthermore, this paper presents data on the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) for the purpose of further noise analysis by comparison of MTf with NPS: The NPS of photon noise limited imaging systems should follow the

  4. Increasing mobile radiography productivity.

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    Wong, Edward; Lung, Ngan Tsz; Ng, Kris; Jeor, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Mobile radiography using computed radiography (CR) cassettes is a common equipment combination with a workflow bottleneck limited by location of CR readers. Advent of direct digital radiography (DDR) mobile x-ray machines removes this limitation by immediate image review and quality control. Through the use of key performance indicators (KPIs), the increase in efficiency can be quantified. PMID:23986937

  5. Evaluation of entrance surface air kerma from exposure index in computed radiography

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    The aim of this study was to establish an indirect method to calculate the values of entrance surface air kerma in patients undergoing diagnostic examinations in X-ray systems with computed radiography based on the exposure index. The entrance surface air kerma values were compared with values obtained also indirectly based on measurements of X-ray tube output. The mean±standard deviation (1?) and third quartile for entrance surface air kerma calculated from the exposure index were 2.1±1.0 mGy and 3.0 mGy, respectively. For entrance surface air kerma based on measurements of the X-ray tube output, the mean±standard deviation (1?) and third quartile were respectively 3.1±1.9 mGy and 5.5 mGy. The observed values of entrance surface air kerma are smaller than the reference level adopted in Brazil (10 mGy). The results obtained with both methods were similar when taking into account the estimated uncertainties in the determination of air kerma values, although the reproducibility of the determinations based on the exposure index is better. - Highlights: • Indirect method to calculate entrance surface air kerma in computed radiography. • Method based on the exposure index for digital radiography. • Comparison with an indirect method based on measurements of X-ray tube output

  6. Effect of Multiscale Processing in Digital Chest Radiography on Automated Detection of Lung Nodule with a Computer Assistance System

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    He, Qian; He, Wen; Wang, Keyang; MA, DAQING

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of multiscale processing in digital chest radiography on automated detection of lung nodule with a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system. The study involved 58 small-nodule patient cases and 58 normal cases. The 58 patient cases included a total of 64 noncalcified lung nodules up to 15 mm in diameter. Each case underwent an examination with a digital radiography system (Digital Diagnost, Philips Medical Systems), and the acquired image was proce...

  7. Neutron Radiography

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    Heller, A. K.; Brenizer, J. S.

    Neutron radiography and its related two-dimensional (2D) neutron imaging techniques have been established as invaluable nondestructive inspection methods and quantitative measurement tools. They have been used in a wide variety of applications ranging from inspection of aircraft engine turbine blades to study of two-phase fluid flow in operating proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Neutron radiography is similar to X-ray radiography in that the method produces a 2D attenuation map of neutron radiation that has penetrated the object being examined. However, the images produced differ and are often complementary due to the differences between X-ray and neutron interaction mechanisms. The uses and types of 2D neutron imaging have expanded over the past 15 years as a result of advances in imaging technology and improvements in neutron generators/sources and computers. Still, high-intensity sources such as those from reactors and spallation neutron sources, together with conventional film radiography, remain the mainstay of high-resolution, large field-of-view neutron imaging. This chapter presents a summary of the history, methods, and related variations of neutron radiography techniques.

  8. 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)

  9. 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)

  10. Use of computed radiography in respiratory distress syndrome in the neonatal nursery

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    A study was performed to establish the value of a computed radiography (CR) system in neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). CR images obtained with various X-ray doses were compared with the images of a standard film-screen system. The image quality of CR taken with about one half radiation exposure, was comparable to that of the standard high speed film-screen combination. The use of CR could lead to a significant reduction in radiation in the neonatal I.C.U. (orig.)

  11. 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)

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    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.

  12. A comparison of low contrast performance for amorphous Silicon/caesium iodide direct radiography with a computed radiography: A contrast detail phantom study

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    A range of digital image acquisition devices exists in diagnostic radiology. This study compares contrast performance of two such systems: an amorphous Silicon/caesium iodide (a-Si:CsI) based flat panel (DR) digital chest radiography system and a computed radiography (CR) system. Images of a contrast detail resolution phantom were acquired at a range of radiation doses. Three observers assessed all hardcopy images using a four-alternative forced choice observer perception technique. Contrast detail performance was calculated and low contrast performance quantified. The DR system demonstrated significantly better low contrast performance and potential dose savings of up to 75% compared to the CR system. Threshold levels of contrast detail resolution were defined and levels of under- and over-exposure, compared to the threshold level, were highlighted. Both systems were noise limited at lower exposures and latitude limited at higher exposures. The results demonstrate that the DR system should perform better than the CR system under typical clinical conditions relevant to chest radiography particularly for the detection of low contrast details such as lung metastases or pneumothoraces

  13. A comparison of radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging for the diagnosis of palmar process fractures in foals

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    The relative sensitivity of radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging for detecting palmar process fractures of the distal phalanx in foals was determined and the imaging findings were compared with histomorphologic evaluations of the palmar processes. Compared to radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging did not improve the sensitivity for detection of palmar process fractures. Statistical agreement for palmar process fracture diagnosis was excellent among the three imaging modalities. Histomorphologic evaluations were more sensitive for diagnosis of palmar process fracture than any of the imaging modalities. Three-dimensional image reconstructions and volume measurements of distal phalanges and palmar process fracture fragments from computed tomography studies provided more complete anatomical information than radiography. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed that the deep digital flexor tendon insertion on the distal phalanx is immediately axial to the site where palmar process fractures occur, and differentiated cartilage, bone, and soft tissue structures of the hoof

  14. 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

  15. 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 may be useful for training in intraoral radiographic technique for dental students. (author)

  16. Direct magnification mammography in combination with computed radiography. First clinical results

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    Indroduction: The combination of direct magnification mammography and computed radiography provides an improvement in spatial resolution of storage phosphor-based digital systems. A clinical study comparing conventional and digital direct magnification mammograms was performed. Methods: 100 survey mammograms in 1.5- or 1.7-fold magnification and 50 4-fold spot magnification views were obtained with a prototype direct magnification mammography system and a storage phosphor-based digital system. An intraindividual comparison of these with previous conventional radiograms of the same patients was carried. Results: The diagnostic value of digital survey mammograms using the direct magnification technique is comparable to that of conventional radiograms of the breast, especially with regard to the identification of microcalcifications and lesions and the clinical consequences. Spot magnification views performed with this combination of techniques allowed improvement in the evaluation of microcalcifications. In 15% of cases, diagnostic procedures were adjusted accordingly. Conclusion: The combination of the direct magnification technique with digital storage phosphor radiography systems allows the performance of digital mammography by improving the overall spatial resolution. The diagnostic value of digital direct magnification survey mammograms was comparable to that of conventional mammograms. Digital 4-fold spot magnification views improved visualisation of the morphologws improved visualisation of the morphologic aspects of microcalcifications. (orig.)Indroduction: The combination of direct magnification mammography and computed radiography provides an improvement in spatial resolution of storage phosphor-based digital systems. A clinical study comparing conventional and digital direct magnification mammograms was performed. Methods: 100 survey mammograms in 1.5- or 1.7-fold magnification and 50 4-fold spot magnification views were obtained with a prototype direct magnification mammography system and a storage phosphor-based digital system. An intraindividual comparison of these with previous conventional radiograms of the same patients was carried. Results: The diagnostic value of digital survey mammograms using the direct magnification technique is comparable to that of conventional radiograms of the breast, especially with regard to the identification of microcalcifications and lesions and the clinical consequences. Spot magnification views performed with this combination of techniques allowed improvement in the evaluation of microcalcifications. In 15% of cases, diagnostic procedures were adjusted accordingly. Conclusion: The combination of the direct magnification technique with digital storage phosphor radiography systems allows the performance of digital mammography by improving the overall spatial resolution. The diagnostic value of digital direct magnification survey mammograms was comparable to that of conventional mammograms. Digital 4-fold spot magnification views improved visualisation of the morpholo

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

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    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.)

  18. 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.)

  19. Digital radiography

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    The term 'Digital Radiography' covers all X-ray techniques which produce a projected image with the help of digital imaging techniques, which are very similar to a conventional X-ray film image. The advantage of 'Digital Radiography' is the possibility of digital image processing, like the subtraction technique, the selective material filtering technique and the quantitative image plotting technique. With the equipments now in use, the digital projected image is produced by the line or on an even level. One example of the in-line projected image is the so-called 'topogram', produced via computed tomography equipment. With the help of an X-ray video chain, it is possible to produce digital images on an even level. This technique is used, for example, for 'digital video subtraction angiography' (DVSA). Today, digital radiography is clinically used only in the 'DVSA' and the 'topogram' systems. A survey of the clinical use and the improved future possibilities of digital radiography is given, and the special features of the method are discussed. (orig.)

  20. Basilar skull fracture in a Thoroughbred colt: Radiography or computed tomography?

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    Chee Kin Lim

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A two-year-old Thoroughbred colt was presented to the Equine Clinic, Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital for head trauma after rearing and falling backwards, hitting his head on the ground. Following medical therapy for acute onset neurological impairment secondary to a suspected basilar skull fracture, the horse was anaesthetised and computed tomography of the skull was performed. A diagnosis of a comminuted basilar skull fracture was made and skull radiographs were taken for comparison. The horse was subsequently euthanased owing to the poor prognosis; necropsy findings were compatible with imaging findings. The value and limitation of computed tomography versus radiography for the diagnosis of basilar skull fracture are discussed in this report. Introduction

  1. Basilar skull fracture in a Thoroughbred colt: Radiography or computed tomography?

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    Chee Kin, Lim; Montague N, Saulez; Adrienne, Viljoen; Ann, Carstens.

    Full Text Available A two-year-old Thoroughbred colt was presented to the Equine Clinic, Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital for head trauma after rearing and falling backwards, hitting his head on the ground. Following medical therapy for acute onset neurological impairment secondary to a suspected basilar skul [...] l fracture, the horse was anaesthetised and computed tomography of the skull was performed. A diagnosis of a comminuted basilar skull fracture was made and skull radiographs were taken for comparison. The horse was subsequently euthanased owing to the poor prognosis; necropsy findings were compatible with imaging findings. The value and limitation of computed tomography versus radiography for the diagnosis of basilar skull fracture are discussed in this report.

  2. Basilar skull fracture in a Thoroughbred colt: Radiography or computed tomography?

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    Chee Kin Lim

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A two-year-old Thoroughbred colt was presented to the Equine Clinic, Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital for head trauma after rearing and falling backwards, hitting his head on the ground. Following medical therapy for acute onset neurological impairment secondary to a suspected basilar skull fracture, the horse was anaesthetised and computed tomography of the skull was performed. A diagnosis of a comminuted basilar skull fracture was made and skull radiographs were taken for comparison. The horse was subsequently euthanased owing to the poor prognosis; necropsy findings were compatible with imaging findings. The value and limitation of computed tomography versus radiography for the diagnosis of basilar skull fracture are discussed in this report.

  3. Comparative study of mesothelioma and asbestosis using computed tomography and conventional chest radiography

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    A comparative study using computed tomography and conventional posteroanterior radiography was performed on 27 patients with mesothelioma and 13 patients with advanced asbestosis. The major pathologic features of both asbestosis and mesothelioma were well demonstrated by both modalities; computed tomography demonstrated the findings more frequently and in greater detail. No distinguishing features could be established based on configuration and size of the lesion. Many pleural plaques associated with advanced asbestosis were large and irregular and resembled those associated with mesothelioma. However, nodular involvement of the pleural fissures, pleural effusion, and ipsilateral volume loss with a fixed mediastinum were features predominating in mesothelioma. Growth determination of the plaques associated with asbestosis may be of minimal value since such plaques also undergo growth due to active inflammatory changes

  4. Evaluating radiographic parameters for mobile chest computed radiography: Phantoms, image quality and effective dose

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    Conventional chest radiography is technically difficult because of wide variations in tissue attenuations in the chest and limitations of screen-film systems. Mobile chest radiography, performed bedside on hospital inpatients, presents additional difficulties due to geometric and equipment limitations inherent in mobile x-ray procedures and the severity of illness in the patients. Computed radiography (CR) offers a different approach for mobile chest radiography by utilizing a photostimulable phosphor. Photostimulable phosphors overcome some image quality limitations of mobile chest imaging, particularly because of the inherent latitude. Because they are more efficient in absorbing lower-energy x rays than rare-earth intensifying screens, this study evaluated changes in kVp for improving mobile chest CR. Three commercially available systems were tested, with the goal of implementing the findings clinically. Exposure conditions (kVp and grid use) were assessed with two acrylic-and-aluminum chest phantoms which simulated x-ray attenuation for average-sized and large-sized adult chests. These phantoms contained regions representing the lungs, heart and subdiaphragm to allow proper CR processing. Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) measurements using different techniques were obtained for acrylic and aluminum disks (1.9 cm diameter) superimposed in the lung and heart regions of the phantoms, where the disk thicknesses (contrast) were determined from disk visibility. Effective doses to the phantoms were also measured for these techniques. The results indicated that using an 8:1, 33 lines/cm antiscatter grid improved the SNR by 60-300 % compared with nongrid images, depending on phantom and region; however, the dose to the phantom also increased by 400-600 %. Lowering x-ray tube potential from 80 to 60 kVp improved the SNR by 30-40 %, with a corresponding increase in phantom dose of 40-50 %. Increasing the potential from 80 to 100 kVp reduced both the SNR and the phantom dose by approximately 10%. The most promising changes in technique for trial in clinical implementation include using an antiscatter grid, especially for large patients, and potentially increasing kVp

  5. 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

  6. 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)

  7. Evaluation of the image in mammography application of ALVIM statistics phantom using computed radiography (CR)

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    Objective: To evaluate the minimal Al2O3 mottle (calcification)and nylon fiber signal (tumor) in mammography application of ALVIM statistics phantom by computed radiography (CR). Methods: ALVIM statistics phantom consists of five Al2O3 mottles(calcification) and five nylon fiber signals(tumor) various in size and was placed on the imaging plate(IP), test image with a density of D=0.70 ± 0.05 was obtained by molybdenum target X-ray equipment with a voltage of 26 kV and by adjusting exposure and selecting appropriate image processing parameter. Four observers gave it the total points of the ten lines each line consisting of five signals and five noise applying of the method of five values estimation, then according to the formula of ALVIM statistics phantom figuring out a set of true positive probabilities P (S/s) and false positive probabilities P(S/n) to drawing the ROC curve and figuring out each signals probabilities Pdet, at last processing data using SPSS 10.0 statistics analysis software to acquire the smallest calcification and parenchyma tumor. Results: After acquiring the data and judging probability average value Pact of the ROC curves statistics,five Al2O3 mottle (calcification) equal to 0.6250 of 0.22 mm is minimal, and Pact equal to 0.9000 of 0.55 mm was maximal. There was no significant variation in size Pact difference between Pdet of 0.20 mm and of 0.25 mm but there was among others. Among the five varying nylon fibers size Pact equal to 0.5313 was minimal and Pdet, equal to 0.8813 of 1.00 mm was maximal. There was no significant difference between Pact of 0.45 mm and of 0.60 mm while significant difference was found between 0.45 and others. Conclusion: The method of plotting ROC curve using ALVIM statistics phantom and getting the judging probability Pdet was easy, fast and suitable to evaluate image quality control in daily clinic and popularized easily. (authors)

  8. 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)

  9. Evaluation of an image receptor for computed radiography system in mammography

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    In this work, the performance of an image receptor for computed radiography system, Kodak CR850, was assessed through tests, recommended by the European protocol, with a specific image plate for mammography where were analyzed the Contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and uniformity and linearity of detector. The CNRs were 14.1, 11.7, 10.3, 8.4, 7.1 and 5.9 for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 cm polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) thickness, respectively. The linearity between detector response and dose, obtained a correlation coefficient (R2) greater than 0.99, and the maximum variation found in the detector uniformity calculation was 3.94 in the lower right corner. (author)

  10. 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

  11. 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 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

  12. 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)

  13. Amorphous selenium flat-panel detector digital radiography versus computed radiography: phantom study of depiction of simulated lesion and dose reduction

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    Objective: To compare an amorphous selenium fiat-panel detector digital radiography (DR) with a computed radiography(CR) for the depiction of simulated pulmonary lesion, as well as for evaluation of dose reduction. Methods: Simulated linear, reticular, and nodular lesion were located in an anthropomorphic chest phantom. The phantom was exposed by DR and CR with different mAs sets. The entrance surface doses were recorded for all images. Hard copy images were generated at different dose levels. Images were presented in a random order to four independent radiologists. They subjectively rated the visibility of simulated pulmonary lesion. Statistical significance of difference was analysed with wilcoxon test. Results: The visibility of simulated linear and reticular lesions on the images obtained with DR was superior to the images from CR at 2.0 and 3.2 mAs, P 0.05). DR was superior to CR in detection small nodular(diameter < 10 mm) lesions at different dose level(mAs: 2.0, 3.2, 5.0, 6.3), P<0.05 (Z=-2.237, P=0.018; Z=-2.384, P=0.017; Z=-2.388, P=0.017; Z=-2.366, P=0.018). When the visibility of simulated pulmonary lesion for DR and CR were equal, The radiation dose was reduce approximately 65% with the DR. Conclusions: DR was superior to CR in depiction of tiny lesion and dose reduction greatly. (authors)

  14. 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

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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.

  16. Computer-aided diagnosis of pulmonary diseases using x-ray darkfield radiography

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    Einarsdóttir, Hildur; Yaroshenko, Andre; Velroyen, Astrid; Bech, Martin; Hellbach, Katharina; Auweter, Sigrid; Yildirim, Önder; Meinel, Felix G.; Eickelberg, Oliver; Reiser, Maximilian; Larsen, Rasmus; Kjær Ersbøll, Bjarne; Pfeiffer, Franz

    2015-12-01

    In this work we develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme for classification of pulmonary disease for grating-based x-ray radiography. In addition to conventional transmission radiography, the grating-based technique provides a dark-field imaging modality, which utilizes the scattering properties of the x-rays. This modality has shown great potential for diagnosing early stage emphysema and fibrosis in mouse lungs in vivo. The CAD scheme is developed to assist radiologists and other medical experts to develop new diagnostic methods when evaluating grating-based images. The scheme consists of three stages: (i) automatic lung segmentation; (ii) feature extraction from lung shape and dark-field image intensities; (iii) classification between healthy, emphysema and fibrosis lungs. A study of 102 mice was conducted with 34 healthy, 52 emphysema and 16 fibrosis subjects. Each image was manually annotated to build an experimental dataset. System performance was assessed by: (i) determining the quality of the segmentations; (ii) validating emphysema and fibrosis recognition by a linear support vector machine using leave-one-out cross-validation. In terms of segmentation quality, we obtained an overlap percentage (?) 92.63??±??3.65%, Dice Similarity Coefficient (DSC) 89.74??±??8.84% and Jaccard Similarity Coefficient 82.39??±??12.62%. For classification, the accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of diseased lung recognition was 100%. Classification between emphysema and fibrosis resulted in an accuracy of 93%, whilst the sensitivity was 94% and specificity 88%. In addition to the automatic classification of lungs, deviation maps created by the CAD scheme provide a visual aid for medical experts to further assess the severity of pulmonary disease in the lung, and highlights regions affected.

  17. 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)

  18. Quantitative Kinetic Analysis of Lung Nodules Using the Temporal Subtraction Technique in Dynamic Chest Radiographies Performed with a Flat Panel Detector

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    Tsuchiya, Yuichiro; Kodera, Yoshie; Tanaka, Rie; Sanada, Shigeru

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    Early detection and treatment of lung cancer is one of the most effective means of reducing cancer mortality, and to this end, chest X-ray radiography has been widely used as a screening method. A related technique based on the development of computer analysis and a flat panel detector (FPD) has enabled the functional evaluation of respiratory kinetics in the chest and is expected to be introduced into clinical practice in the near future. In this study, we developed a computer analysis algor...

  19. 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)

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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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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)

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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)

  4. Comparison of radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in the detection of sacroiliitis accompanying ankylosing spondylitis

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    Yu, Wei; Feng Feng; Yang Hongzen; Jiang Ming [Department of Radiology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing (China); Dion, E.; Genant, H.K. [Department of Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section and Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group, University of California San Francisco, CA 94143-0628 (United States)

    1998-06-01

    Objective. To compare magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, computed tomography (CT), and radiography in the detection of sacroiliitis accompanying ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Design and subjects. Nine volunteers and 24 patients were recruited. Radiography, CT, and MR imaging were completed within a 1-week period in 24 patients with AS. In precontrast MR examination, spin-echo T1, fast spin-echo T2, and gradient echo with rephasing T2* images were obtained without fat saturation using a 0.3-T imager for all volunteers and patients. Postcontrast MR examination was performed using the same precontrast SE T1 sequence for patients with AS. Results and conclusions. MR imaging directly showed the normal cartilage in all 16 sacroiliac joints of the 8 volunteers. In the 24 patients with AS, cartilage abnormalities were observed in 42 sacroiliac joints. More diagnoses of sacroiliitis were made using MR and CT imaging than using radiography (P<0.001). Therefore, low-field-strength MR can be useful in detecting early sacroiliitis in patients with AS. MR imaging was able to reveal early cartilage changes and bone marrow edema, which could not be found by either CT or radiography. (orig.) With 5 figs., 4 tabs., 36 refs.

  5. Comparative performance of radiography and computed tomography in the diagnosis of middle ear disease in 31 dogs.

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    Rohleder, Jacob J; Jones, Jeryl C; Duncan, Robert B; Larson, Martha M; Waldron, Don L; Tromblee, Tonya

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare computed tomography (CT) and radiography for diagnosing the presence and severity of middle ear disease in dogs with a history of chronic otitis externa. Thirty-one dogs undergoing a total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy were studied. Three normal dogs served as controls. All dogs were examined using radiography and CT. Three radiologists independently evaluated imaging studies in random order. A visual analog scale method was used for scoring certainty and severity of middle ear disease. Surgical findings were recorded intra-operatively. Bulla lining samples were submitted for histopathologic evaluation and scored by a single pathologist who also used a visual analog scale system. Findings from both imaging modalities agreed more closely with surgical findings than with histopathologic findings. With either surgical or histopathologic findings as the gold standard, CT was more sensitive than and as specific as radiographs for predicting presence and severity of middle ear disease. Observer performance with CT was more consistent than the performance with radiographs in the detection of changes that occur with middle ear disease. Both radiography and CT were more accurate for predicting the severity of the disease than its presence. Findings indicate that CT is more accurate and reliable than radiography in diagnosing middle ear disease for dogs having concurrent otitis externa, but only when severity of disease is moderate or high. With low severity of disease, diagnostic certainty for both modalities becomes more variable. PMID:16429984

  6. Clinical analysis of 125I seed implants in worst-casts of the malignant tumors after radiography and chemotherapy

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    Objective: To investigate the curative effect and side reaction after 125I seed implanted among tissue were treated the malignant neoplasm by radiography and chemotherapy. Methods: Retrospective analysis the cancerous sufferer after the failure of radiography and chemotherapy, percutaneous puncture or intraoperative under gaze forward 125I seed were implanted the bed of the tumour forever. Follow-up blood routine examination, symptom, sign, using USG or CT observe the change of the tumour and the distribution of the particles etc. Results: In 3 cases, treat 2 cases, tumour reduced obviously, symptoms improved obviously, the face of the ulcer cured, the particles did not shift, hemogram did not decline obviously. Conclusion: 125I seed among the tissue implanted forever for the unsuccessful case after radiography and chemotherapy supply a new therapeutic methods. In the neat future curative effect is exactly, toxic reaction is small, which can remedy the deficiency of the treatment for radiography and chemotherapy. (authors)

  7. Computer and manipulator assisted positioning of medical instruments based on digital radiography

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    The studies were aimed at establishing techniques for a computer and manipulator assisted positioning of medical instruments within the body, and to verify the feasibility of the techniques. Points of main interest were: -Definition of the position of targets or target volumes within the human body based on diagnostic images data obtained by digital radiography. - Accurate positioning of instruments at the targets or target volumes. A system developed for this purpose consists of the following main components: - Image generation and evaluation - definition and correlation of positions - positioning of instruments. The process of image generation is described by a mathematical method, the radiation cone being defined in a 3D image coordinate system. For a description of the position of the target spot, a patient coordinate system was established. For the positioning and handling of the instruments, a remote-controlled instrument (manipulator) was developed. The model chosen for experimental simulation of the entire computer and manipulator assisted positioning of medical instruments was a phantom of a juvenile bone cyst in the femur. (UWa)

  8. Accuracy of chest radiography versus chest computed tomography in hemodynamically stable patients with blunt chest trauma

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    Full Text Available ?Abstract? Objective: Thoracic injuries are respon- sible for 25% of deaths of blunt traumas. Chest X-ray (CXR is the first diagnostic method in patients with blunt trauma. The aim of this study was to detect the accuracy of CXR versus chest computed tomograpgy (CT in hemodynami- cally stable patients with blunt chest trauma. Methods: Study was conducted at the emergency department of Sina Hospital from March 2011 to March 2012. Hemodynamically stable patients with at least 16 years of age who had blunt chest trauma were included. All patients underwent the same diagnostic protocol which consisted of physical examination, CXR and CT scan respectively. Results: Two hundreds patients (84% male and 16% female were included with a mean age of (37.9±13.7 years. Chin J Traumatol 2013;16(6:351-354 Rib fracture was the most common finding of CXR (12.5% and CT scan (25.5%. The sensitivity of CXR for hemothorax, thoracolumbar vertebra fractures and rib fractures were 20%, 49% and 49%, respectively. Pneumothorax, foreign body, emphysema, pulmonary contusion, liver hematoma and ster- num fracture were not diagnosed with CXR alone. Conclusion: Applying CT scan as the first-line diag- nostic modality in hemodynamically stable patients with blunt chest trauma can detect pathologies which may change management and outcome. Key words: Radiography; Thoracic injuries; Tomography, X-ray computed

  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. A comparative study of computed radiography-based mammography using digital phosphor storage plate and full field digital mammography

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    Kanaga Kumari Chelliah

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    Full Text Available Background: Two digital mammography systems, based on different physical concepts, have been introduced in the last few years namely the full-field digital mammography (FFDM system and computed radiography-based mammography using digital storage phosphor plate (DSPM. Aims: The objective of this study was to compare the image quality for DSPM and FFDM using a grading scale based on previously published articles. Materials and Methods: This comparative diagnostic study was done for 5-month duration at the Breast Clinic. The system used was the Lorad Selenia FFDM system and the Mammomat 3000 Nova DSPM system. The craniocaudal and mediolateral oblique projections were done on both breast on 58 asymptomatic women using both DSPM and FFDM. The mammograms were evaluated for eight criteria of image quality: Tissue coverage, compression, exposure, contrast, resolution, noise, artifact, and sharpness by two independent radiologists. Statistical Analysis: Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test and Weighted Kappa. Results: FFDM was rated significantly better (P < 0.05 for five aspects: Tissue coverage, compression, contrast, exposure, and resolution and equal to DSPM for sharpness, noise, and artifact. Conclusion: FFDM was superior in five aspects and equal to DSPM for three aspects of image quality.

  11. 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.)

  12. Clinical evaluation of life size image of Fuji computed radiography for detection of diffuse interstitial lung diseases

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    To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of Fuji computed radiography (FCR) in the detection of interstitial pulmonary infiltrates, FCR life-size images at a pixel size of 0.1 mm were compared with conventional radiographs taken on the same day. Seventeen radiologists assessed the radiographs and FCR images of 56 cases, including 39 cases of various interstitial lung diseases such as interstitial pneumonia, pulmonary abnormalities associated with collagen disease, sarcoidosis, multiple pulmonary metastases, diffuse panbronchiolitis and pulmonary emphysema, and 17 normal controls. All of the pulmonary abnormalities were confirmed by high resolution CT. Observer performance tests were carried out using receiver operating characteristic analysis. In 21 cases of increased pulmonary density revealed by high resolution CT, FCR was significantly superior to conventional radiographs in the detection of reticular or linear shadows. In 11 cases of subtle interstitial abnormalities, there was no difference between FCR and conventional radiographs in the detection of any pulmonary abnormality, ground-glass opacities and reticular or linear shadows. There was also no difference between the two images in the detection of diffuse nodular shadow and pulmonary emphysema. These results indicate that FCR life-size images at a pixel size of 0.1 mm are useful for the detection of diffuse interstitial lung diseases. (author)

  13. Low cost, high resolution x-ray detector system for digital radiography and computed tomography

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    The authors have designed and evaluated a novel design of line array x-ray detector for use with digital radiography (DR) and computed tomography (CT) systems. The Radiographic Line Scan (RLS) detector is less than half the cost of discrete multi-channel line array detectors, yet provides the potential for resolution to less than 25 microm at energies of 420 kV. The RLS detector consists of a scintillator fiber-optically coupled to a thermo-electrically cooled line array CCD. Gadolinium oxysulfide screen material has been used as the scintillator, in thicknesses up to 250 microm. Scintillating glass, which is formed into a fiber optic bundle, has also been used in thicknesses up to 2 mm. The large 2.5 mm by 25 microm CCD cells provide high dynamic range while preserving high resolution; the 2.5 mm dimension is oriented in the x-ray absorption direction while the 25 microm dimension is oriented in the resolution direction. Servo controlled thermo-electric cooling of the CCD to a fixed temperature provides reduction of dark current and stabilization of the output. Greater dynamic range is achieved by reducing the dark current, while output stabilization reduces the need for frequent calibration of the detector. Measured performance characteristics are presented along with DR and CT images produced using the RLS detector

  14. Studies on the correlation between photograph condition and image quality on computed radiography

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    Objective: To evaluate how to use reasonably the combination of exposure dose and speed class on the base of imaging quality on computed radiography (CB). Methods: Based on threshold contrast- detail detectability (TCCD)technique, phantom TO. 16 photography was done with 55, 65 and 75 kV, and combination with three kinds of different exposure dose and speed class respectively. Three radiologists scored each image sequence using double blind method and calculated the threshold detection index (HT). The imaging quality of knee joint, chest and lumbarspine was also evaluated by these radiologists on the base of diagnostic quality and the different combination of exposure close and speed class. Results: Exposure dose was increased by using lower kV value, and Hr value was increased by lower exposure grade rather than higher kV value. Exposure dose was decreased obviously and speed class was increased in the good contrast location at the same kV value. Conclusions: Based on the demand of diagnostic quality and the contrast of the checked location, the speed class should be carefully selected to decrease the radiation dose exposure to patients, without any decrease of the diagnostic quality. (authors)

  15. Soft-tissue radiography, computed tomography, and ultrasonography of partial Achilles tendon ruptures

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    Ultrasonography (US) was compared with soft-tissue radiography (STR) and computed tomography (CT) for demonstration of partial Achilles tendon ruptures. Thirty-nine patients suffering from chronic localized painful Achilles tendon swelling were examined. The patients had all undergone a previous clinical examination, resulting in a suspicion of a non-healed partial tear in 62 out of the 78 tendons. STR showed unspecific tendon pathology such as thickening and diffuse tendon margins. CT resulted in a better delineation of intra- as well as extratendinous abnormalities compared to STR. Various pathologic changes were seen on CT in 54 tendons and in 29 of these, localized intratendinous hypodensities indicated partial ruptures. At US, abnormal changes were observed in 69 tendons, of which 54 had discontinuity of tendon fibers, focal hypoechoic areas, and localized swelling indicating partial ruptures. In 9 cases with surgically proven partial ruptures, US was correct in all cases, while CT was false-negative in 3. STR only showed localized swelling. It was concluded that US was a better method than STR and CT for the detection of partial ruptures and the US findings correlated well with the surgical findings. (orig.)

  16. 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)

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    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.

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

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    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.

  18. Soft-tissue radiography, computed tomography, and ultrasonography of partial Achilles tendon ruptures

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    Kaelebo, P.; Goksoer, L.A.; Swaerd, L.; Peterson, L. (Oestra Sjukhuset, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology Oestra Sjukhuset, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery Goeteborg Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Handicap Research)

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    Ultrasonography (US) was compared with soft-tissue radiography (STR) and computed tomography (CT) for demonstration of partial Achilles tendon ruptures. Thirty-nine patients suffering from chronic localized painful Achilles tendon swelling were examined. The patients had all undergone a previous clinical examination, resulting in a suspicion of a non-healed partial tear in 62 out of the 78 tendons. STR showed unspecific tendon pathology such as thickening and diffuse tendon margins. CT resulted in a better delineation of intra- as well as extratendinous abnormalities compared to STR. Various pathologic changes were seen on CT in 54 tendons and in 29 of these, localized intratendinous hypodensities indicated partial ruptures. At US, abnormal changes were observed in 69 tendons, of which 54 had discontinuity of tendon fibers, focal hypoechoic areas, and localized swelling indicating partial ruptures. In 9 cases with surgically proven partial ruptures, US was correct in all cases, while CT was false-negative in 3. STR only showed localized swelling. It was concluded that US was a better method than STR and CT for the detection of partial ruptures and the US findings correlated well with the surgical findings. (orig.).

  19. 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

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    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.

  20. Neutron Radiography

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    Full Text Available The field of neutron radiography with special reference to isotopic neutron radiography has been reviewed. Different components viz., sources, collimators, imaging systems are described. Various designs of neutron radiography facilities, their relative merits and demerits , the appropriateness of each design depending on the object to be radiographed, and economics of each technique are also dealt. The applications of neutron radiography are also briefly presented.

  1. Computed Tomography and Computed Radiography of late Bronze Age Cremation Urns from Denmark : An interdisciplinary attempt to develop methods applied in Bioarchaeological cremation research

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    Harvig, Lise Lock; Lynnerup, Niels; Amsgaard Ebsen, Jannie

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    To improve methods used to study prehistoric cremation rituals, cremation urns from the Danish late Bronze Age were examined using Computed Tomography and Computed Radiography (Digital X-ray). During microexcavation, the digital images were used as registration tool. Our results suggest that osteological ageing and sexing are more accurate when combining CT-images with excavated remains. Digital volume rendering further enables a compromised estimation of original cremation weight. Microexcav...

  2. 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)

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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.

  3. 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.

  4. National data analysis of general radiography projection method in medical imaging

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    According to database of medical institutions of health insurance review and assessment service in 2013, 1,118 hospitals and clinics have department of radiology in Korea. And there are CT, fluoroscopic and general radiographic equipment in those hospitals. Above all, general radiographic equipment is the most commonly used in the radiology department. And most of the general radiographic equipment are changing the digital radiography system from the film-screen types of the radiography system nowadays. However, most of the digital radiography department are used the film-screen types of the radiography system. Therefore, in this study, we confirmed present conditions of technical items for general radiography used in hospital and research on general radiographic techniques in domestic medical institutions. We analyzed 26 radiography projection method including chest, skull, spine and pelvis which are generally used in the radiography department

  5. 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

  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. Extremity exams optimization for computed radiography; Otimizacao de exames de extremidade para radiologia computadorizada

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    Pavan, Ana Luiza M.; Alves, Allan Felipe F.; Velo, Alexandre F.; Miranda, Jose Ricardo A., E-mail: analuiza@ibb.unesp.br [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Biociencias. Departamento de Fisica e Biofisica; Pina, Diana R. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Botucatu, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Departamento de Doencas Tropicais e Diagnostico por Imagem

    2013-08-15

    The computed radiography (CR) has become the most used device for image acquisition, since its introduction in the 80s. The detection and early diagnosis, obtained through CR examinations, are important for the successful treatment of diseases of the hand. However, the norms used for optimization of these images are based on international protocols. Therefore, it is necessary to determine letters of radiographic techniques for CR system, which provides a safe medical diagnosis, with doses as low as reasonably achievable. The objective of this work is to develop an extremity homogeneous phantom to be used in the calibration process of radiographic techniques. In the construction process of the simulator, it has been developed a tissues' algorithm quantifier using Matlab®. In this process the average thickness was quantified from bone and soft tissues in the region of the hand of an anthropomorphic simulator as well as the simulators' material thickness corresponding (aluminum and Lucite) using technique of mask application and removal Gaussian histogram corresponding to tissues of interest. The homogeneous phantom was used to calibrate the x-ray beam. The techniques were implemented in a calibrated hand anthropomorphic phantom. The images were evaluated by specialists in radiology by the method of VGA. Skin entrance surface doses were estimated (SED) corresponding to each technique obtained with their respective tube charge. The thicknesses of simulators materials that constitute the homogeneous phantom determined in this study were 19.01 mm of acrylic and 0.81 mm of aluminum. A better picture quality with doses as low as reasonably achievable decreased dose and tube charge around 53.35% and 37.78% respectively, compared normally used by radiology diagnostic routine clinical of HCFMB-UNESP. (author)

  8. Chest radiography and thoracic computed tomography findings in children who have family members with active pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Objective: The chest radiography and TCT findings in children who had contacted with adult family members with active pulmonary tuberculosis were compared. The contributions of thoracic computed tomography to the diagnosis of tuberculosis were investigated. Methods and material: The children who were 0-16 years old (n=173) and children of families with an adult member which was diagnosed as pulmonary tuberculosis were evaluated. The children were considered in two groups based on the absence (n=125) or presence (n=48) of complaints and/or ambiguous symptoms such as lack of appetite, mild cough, sweating, history of lung infection, low body weight and those with suspicious chest radiography findings (12 cases) were included in this study. Asymptomatic patients (n=125) did not undergo TCT. Patients who had positive PPD skin tests only received isoniazid. If the TCT demonstrated enlarged lymph nodes or parenchymal lesions, minimally active pulmonary tuberculosis was diagnosed and antituberculous treatment was given. Results and discussions: TCT revealed lymph node enlargement or parenchymal lesions in 39 children (81.2%). Of the 12 children whose CXRs revealed suspicious lymph node enlargement and/or infiltration, five had normal findings in TCT whereas the initial findings were confirmed in the remaining seven. These data suggest that there is a correlation between the presence of ambiguous symptoms in exposed children and TCT findings; chest radiography and TCT findings do not yield parallel findings. All the patients who received anti-TB treatment were resolved in the control examinations. Conclusion: In this study there is a correlation between presence of ambiguous symptoms and TCT findings, but the chest radiography and TCT findings do not yield harmony in exposed children with ambiguous symptoms (suspicious tuberculosis cases). These observations should be considered in children with symptoms similar to those of exposed children, but with no definite history of exposure. If similar TCT findings observed in such patients, treatment for tuberculosis should be considered

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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

  15. 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.)

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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)

  19. Analysis of background component introduced by mirror in neutron radiography CCD image system

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    In a CCD based neutron radiography system, some fluorescent light will be reflected back to the scintillator by the mirror if the mirror is too close to the scintillator. Some of the incoming neutrons may also be scattered back to the scintillator. These two factors form a strong background that cannot be neglected. This background is harmful to quantitative analysis and CT reconstruction. The analytic calculation of the reflection component as the well as Monte Carlo simulation of the back-scattering component has been carried out, the result of which agrees well with the background measurements. The background component introduced by mirror accounts for more than 10% of the whole background in a typical detection system configuration. (authors)

  20. Identification of microorganisms for the analysis of images obtained by neutron radiography

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    Lopes, J.D.R.; Crispim, V.R. E-mail: verginia@lmn.con.ufrj.br; Lage, C

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    The main difficulty in identifying infectious microorganisms is the time required to obtain a reliable result, a minimum of 72 h. We propose a reduction to about 5 h through the technique of neutron radiography. Samples containing the bacillus Escherichia coli and the cocci Staphylococcus epidermidis were incubated with B{sup 10}, layered on SSNTD (CR-39) surface and irradiated in the J-9 channel from the Argonauta Reactor (IEN/CNEN) with a flux of thermal neutrons at a rate of 2.2x10{sup 5} n/cm{sup 2} s. Images were observed in an optical microscope after exposure of the plates to chemical development of the latent alpha-tracks. Analysis of the images revealed morphological differences between the species, conferring the technique the perspective to use in microbial diagnosis.

  1. 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.)

  2. 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.)

  3. Documented Safety Analysis Addendum for the Neutron Radiography Reactor Facility Core Conversion

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    The Neutron Radiography Reactor Facility (NRAD) is a Training, Research, Isotope Production, General Atomics (TRIGA) reactor which was installed in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Hot Fuels Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) in the mid 1970s. The facility provides researchers the capability to examine both irradiated and non-irradiated materials in support of reactor fuel and components programs through non-destructive neutron radiography examination. The facility has been used in the past as one facet of a suite of reactor fuels and component examination facilities available to researchers at the INL and throughout the DOE complex. The facility has also served various commercial research activities in addition to the DOE research and development support. The reactor was initially constructed using Fuel Lifetime Improvement Program (FLIP)- type highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel obtained from the dismantled Puerto Rico Nuclear Center (PRNC) reactor. In accordance with international non-proliferation agreements, the NRAD core will be converted to a low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel and will continue to utilize the PRNC control rods, control rod drives, startup source, and instrument console as was previously used with the HEU core. The existing NRAD Safety Analysis Report (SAR) was created and maintained in the preferred format of the day, combining sections of both DOE-STD-3009 and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Guide 1.70. An addendum was developed to cover the refueling and reactor operation with the LEU core. This addendum follows the existing SAR format combining required formats from both the DOE and NRC. This paper discusses the project to successfully write a compliant and approved addendum to the existing safety basis documents.

  4. Documented Safety Analysis Addendum for the Neutron Radiography Reactor Facility Core Conversion

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    The Neutron Radiography Reactor Facility (NRAD) is a Training, Research, Isotope Production, General Atomics (TRIGA) reactor which was installed in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Hot Fuels Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) in the mid 1970s. The facility provides researchers the capability to examine both irradiated and non-irradiated materials in support of reactor fuel and components programs through non-destructive neutron radiography examination. The facility has been used in the past as one facet of a suite of reactor fuels and component examination facilities available to researchers at the INL and throughout the DOE complex. The facility has also served various commercial research activities in addition to the DOE research and development support. The reactor was initially constructed using Fuel Lifetime Improvement Program (FLIP)- type highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel obtained from the dismantled Puerto Rico Nuclear Center (PRNC) reactor. In accordance with international non-proliferation agreements, the NRAD core will be converted to a low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel and will continue to utilize the PRNC control rods, control rod drives, startup source, and instrument console as was previously used with the HEU core. The existing NRAD Safety Analysis Report (SAR) was created and maintained in the preferred format of the day, combining sections of both DOE-STD-3009 and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Guide 1.70. An addendum was developed to cover the refueling and reactor operation with the LEU core. This addendum follows the existing SAR format combining required formats from both the DOE and NRC. This paper discusses the project to successfully write a compliant and approved addendum to the existing safety basis documents.

  5. Computed Tomography and Computed Radiography of late Bronze Age Cremation Urns from Denmark : An interdisciplinary attempt to develop methods applied in Bioarchaeological cremation research

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    Harvig, Lise Lock; Lynnerup, Niels

    2012-01-01

    To improve methods used to study prehistoric cremation rituals, cremation urns from the Danish late Bronze Age were examined using Computed Tomography and Computed Radiography (Digital X-ray). During microexcavation, the digital images were used as registration tool. Our results suggest that osteological ageing and sexing are more accurate when combining CT-images with excavated remains. Digital volume rendering further enables a compromised estimation of original cremation weight. Microexcavation is clearly a primary cause of bone fragmentation. Cremated remains affected by lower cremation intensity show markedly poorer preservation and recovery than white calcined fragments do. Thus post-excavation estimations of cremation intensity are systematically biased

  6. Studies on image quality optimisation in computed radiography for weld inspection; Untersuchungen zur Optimierung der Bildqualitaet in der Computer-Radiografie fuer die Schweissnahtpruefung

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    Beckmann, Joerg; Zscherpel, Uwe [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany). Arbeitsgruppe Digitale Radiologie und Bildanalyse; Ewert, Uwe [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany). Fachgruppe Radiologie

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    The application of metal filters and metal screens improves the image contrast in film radiography. The mechanism of latent X-ray image generation and, its read-out from imaging plates and the subsequent visualization is different from that of radiographic films. The use of metal screens and the selection of the X ray tube voltage as recommended in the film radiography standards are not transferable for Computed Radiography (CR) for weld inspection. The quality of digital radiographs is determined by the inherent unsharpness and the Contrast to Noise Ratio (CNR). Whereas the standard EN 14784-1 describes manageable procedures for the determination of inherent unsharpness and Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), the rules for the improvement of contrast by selection of the suitable tube voltage and metal screen thickness were not described sufficiently in EN 14874-2. Systematic studies on the influence of copper filter, lead screen imaging plate combinations as well as X-ray tube voltage on the image contrast were performed to improve the image quality for testing of welds with CR systems. Recommendations for the application of metal filter and screen combinations and the selection of appropriate X-ray tube voltages for the imaging plate technique were deduced from these results in order to optimise the X-ray testing procedure of welds. (orig.)

  7. Digital radiography vs conventional radiography - a comparison along with its image quality and benefits

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    In digital radiography, information is represented in the form of discrete units, i.e., numbers, and involve the use of computers, whereas in conventional radiography, information is represented in analog or continuous form rather than in discrete fashion

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Measurement of focal spot size with slit camera using computed radiography and flat-panel based digital detectors

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of digital x-ray imaging detectors for the measurement of diagnostic x-ray tube focal spot size using a slit camera. Slit camera images of two focal spots for a radiographic x-ray tube were acquired with direct-exposure film (DF) (as specified by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association [NEMA] Standards Publication No. XR 5, 1992), computed radiography (CR) imaging plates, and an a-Si:H/CsI:Tl-based flat-panel (FP) detector. Images obtained with the CR and the FP were acquired over a broad range of detector entrance exposure levels. The DF slit images were evaluated according to NEMA specifications (visually, using a 7x magnifying glass with reticule) by six medical physicists. Additionally, the DF images were digitized and the focal spot sizes obtained from the digital profiles of the slit. The CR and the FP images were analyzed in a manner similar to the digitized DF images. It took less than 20 minutes for a complete CR or FP measurement of focal spot size in two dimensions. In comparison, a typical DF measurement with visual evaluation takes at least 60 minutes, in our experience. In addition to a great reduction in measurement time achieved by using digital detectors, the tube loading requirements were reduced to ?20 mAs compared with ?1000 mAs when using the DF technique. The calculated focal spot sizes for CR and FP differed from those of digitized DF by -2.4% to +4.8% (?=2.5%), far less than the -16.6% to +9.3% (?=8.1%) variability introduced by the visual evaluation of the slit image. In addition, the calculated focal spot sizes for the CR and the FP images maintained a coefficient of variation <1.0% over the broad range of exposure levels. Based upon these results, we conclude that (1) FP and CR detectors yield consistent results in measurements of x-ray tube focal spot sizes, (2) compared to DF, CR and FP significantly reduce measurement time and tube loading requirements, (3) CR and FP readily permit digital profile analysis, thereby eliminating observer error, and (4) unlike DF, CR and FP are independent of exposure level

  11. Filmless radiography - present possibilities and direction of future developing

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    The paper presents introduction for new filmless radiography like CR Computed Radiography and DR Digital Radiography direct and non direct. The main factors are considered, which determine classification to different type of radiography. For each technique authors describe advantages and disadvantages supporting by practice examples. Paper contains a lot of practical information about a most of existing radiographic equipment at the NDT market. (author)

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

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    Poulikakos, L D; Sedighi Gilani, M; Derome, D; Jerjen, I; Vontobel, P

    2013-07-01

    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. PMID:23500651

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Broadening the radiography spectrum

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    The text discuses the mammography in breast screening and evaluation of breast cancer; Small parts ultrasounds at plaza imaging solutions; role of a Radiographer in mammography-new perspective; Medical imaging education in africa; Caring for the paediatric patient as to broaden radiotherapy spectrum; Problems and challenges in care for children undergoing radiotherapy; Paediatric radiotherapy, management and side effects; The principles of pattern recognition of skeletal structures; the place of distance learning education in broadening the radiography spectrum; the curriculum and budgeting image; sonographer's guide; Computed radiography- X-Ray with vision; digital Radiography in Kenya today; Particle Therapy at Ithemba Labs; The role of lung perfusion and ventilation study in the evaluation of the pulmonary embolism and lastly, an overview of Head and neck treatment at Kenyatta National hospital radiotherapy

  16. 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)

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

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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 ({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.

  20. Coupling High-Energy Radiography And Photon Activation Analysis (PAA) To Optimize The Characterization Of Nuclear Waste Packages

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    Carrel, F.; Agelou, M.; Gmar, M.; Lainé, F.; Lamotte, T.; Lazaro, D.; Poumarède, B.; Rattoni, B.

    2009-12-01

    Radiological characterization of nuclear waste packages is an industrial issue in order to select the best mode of storage. The alpha-activity, mainly due to the presence of actinides (235U, 238U, 239Pu, …) inside the package, is one of the most important parameter to assess during the characterization. Photon Activation Analysis (PAA) is a non-destructive active method (NDA method) based on the photofission process and on the detection of delayed particles (neutrons and gammas). This technique is well-adapted to the characterization of large concrete waste packages. However, PAA methods often require a simulation step which is necessary to analyze experimental results and to quantify the global mass of actinides. The weak point of this approach is that characteristics of the package are often not well-known, these latter having a huge impact on the final simulation result. High-energy radiography, based on the use of a linear electron accelerator (LINAC), allows to visualize the content of the package and is also a performing way to tune simulation models and to optimize the characterization process by PAA. In this article, we present high-energy radiography results obtained for two different large concrete waste packages in the SAPHIR facility (Active Photon and Irradiation System). This facility is dedicated to PAA study and development and setup for a decade in CEA Saclay. We also discuss possibilities offered by the coupling between high-energy radiography and PAA techniques.

  1. Coupling High-Energy Radiography And Photon Activation Analysis (PAA) To Optimize The Characterization Of Nuclear Waste Packages

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    Radiological characterization of nuclear waste packages is an industrial issue in order to select the best mode of storage. The alpha-activity, mainly due to the presence of actinides (235U, 238U, 239Pu,...) inside the package, is one of the most important parameter to assess during the characterization. Photon Activation Analysis (PAA) is a non-destructive active method (NDA method) based on the photofission process and on the detection of delayed particles (neutrons and gammas). This technique is well-adapted to the characterization of large concrete waste packages. However, PAA methods often require a simulation step which is necessary to analyze experimental results and to quantify the global mass of actinides. The weak point of this approach is that characteristics of the package are often not well-known, these latter having a huge impact on the final simulation result. High-energy radiography, based on the use of a linear electron accelerator (LINAC), allows to visualize the content of the package and is also a performing way to tune simulation models and to optimize the characterization process by PAA. In this article, we present high-energy radiography results obtained for two different large concrete waste packages in the SAPHIR facility (Active Photon and Irradiation System). This facility is dedicated to PAA study and development and setup for a decade in CEA Saclay. We also discuss possibilities offered by the coupling between high-energy radiography and PAA techniques.

  2. Preparation and realization of industrial radiography for the non destructive testing of welds in Nuclear Power Plants: A spatial cognition analysis

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    Controls of welds by radiographies are an efficient non destructive technique but it can be dangerous if not managed following a strict set of rules. EDF acts to avoid risks via several ways (adapted tools, best practices) and seeks for an integration of the radiographies with respect to the other maintenance operations, in order to raise the ratio of availability of the electricity production unit. This study explores an original analysis of industrial radiography: the influence of the representations of the workplace and its utilizations. This document supports the utilization of some space constraints as explanations of difficulties in the industrial radiography activity. The document proposes innovative points of view coming for on-site observations and from a theoretical background 'cognitive sciences' completed by technical propositions. (author)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 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)

  8. Detectability of simulated pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs: Comparison between irradiation side sampling indirect flat-panel detector and computed radiography

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    Yano, Yuki, E-mail: yuki.yano.8@gmail.com [Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Yabuuchi, Hidetake, E-mail: h-yabu@med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Tanaka, Nobukazu, E-mail: nobukazu.tanaka@gmail.com [Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Morishita, Junji, E-mail: junjim@med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Akasaka, Tsutomu, E-mail: akasaka@med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Matsuo, Yoshio, E-mail: yymatsuo@radiol.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Sunami, Shunya, E-mail: sshunya@radiol.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Kamitani, Takeshi, E-mail: kamitani@radiol.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Jinnouchi, Mikako, E-mail: mikako@radiol.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Yamasaki, Yuzo, E-mail: yyama@radiol.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); and others

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    Objective: To compare the detectability of simulated pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs between an irradiation side sampling indirect flat-panel detector (ISS-FPD) and computed radiography (CR). Materials and methods: This study was an observer performance study. Simulated pulmonary nodules of 8 mm in diameter were superimposed on an anthropomorphic chest phantom. Chest radiographs were acquired under 2 exposure levels (4 and 3.2 mAs) with the ISS-FPD and the CR. Six thoracic radiologists evaluated all 40 images (10 patterns × 2 different exposure doses × 2 different systems) for the presence or absence of a lesion over each of 12 defined areas on a 3-megapixel monochrome liquid-crystal display. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were obtained for observation in predefined 480 areas. A jackknife method was used for statistical analysis. Differences with a P value of <0.05 were considered significant. Results: The analysis of the observer detection of simulated pulmonary nodules showed larger areas under the ROC curve (AUC) by the ISS-FPD than by the CR. There was a statistically significant difference between the two systems at 3.2 mAs (P = 0.0330). Conclusion: The ISS-FPD was superior to the CR for the detection of simulated pulmonary nodules at 3.2 mAs.

  9. Detectability of simulated pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs: Comparison between irradiation side sampling indirect flat-panel detector and computed radiography

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    Objective: To compare the detectability of simulated pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs between an irradiation side sampling indirect flat-panel detector (ISS-FPD) and computed radiography (CR). Materials and methods: This study was an observer performance study. Simulated pulmonary nodules of 8 mm in diameter were superimposed on an anthropomorphic chest phantom. Chest radiographs were acquired under 2 exposure levels (4 and 3.2 mAs) with the ISS-FPD and the CR. Six thoracic radiologists evaluated all 40 images (10 patterns × 2 different exposure doses × 2 different systems) for the presence or absence of a lesion over each of 12 defined areas on a 3-megapixel monochrome liquid-crystal display. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were obtained for observation in predefined 480 areas. A jackknife method was used for statistical analysis. Differences with a P value of <0.05 were considered significant. Results: The analysis of the observer detection of simulated pulmonary nodules showed larger areas under the ROC curve (AUC) by the ISS-FPD than by the CR. There was a statistically significant difference between the two systems at 3.2 mAs (P = 0.0330). Conclusion: The ISS-FPD was superior to the CR for the detection of simulated pulmonary nodules at 3.2 mAs

  10. 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)

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 planned to expand the file formats that can be read by PyRAT, making it easier to use in more situations. A summary of the file formats added include jpeg, jpg, png and formatted ASCII files.

  15. 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.

  16. Changes of radiation dose and image quality due to additional filtration material in computed radiography

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    Kwon, Soon Mu; Cho, Hyung Wook [Dept. of Radiological Science, The Graduate School of Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Yeong Han [Dept. of Radiology, Catholic University Hospital of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Boo Soon [Dept. of Radiologicic Technology, Daegu Health College, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Su [Dept. of Bio-convergence Engineering, Korea University Graduate School, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    Filter absorbs low-energy X-ray to increase the average energy and reduces patient exposure dose. This study investigates if the materials of Mo and W could be used for the digital imaging device CR by conducting image assessment and dose measurement of SNR, FOM and histogram. In addition, measurement of beam quality was conducted depending on the material of the filter, and at the same time, a proper combination of filters was examined depending on the change in tube voltage (kVp). In regard to entrance skin dose, Mo filter showed the dose reduction by 42?56%, compared to Cu filter. Moreover, Mo filter showed higher transmission dose by around 1.5 times than that of Cu filter. In image assessment, it was found that W was unsuitable to be used as a filter, whereas Mo could be used as a filter to reduce dose without decline in image quality at the tube voltage of 80 kVp or higher. As tube voltage increased, 2.0 mm Al+0.1 mm Mo almost had a similar histogram width to that of 2.0 mm Al+0.2 mm Cu. Therefore, Mo filter can be used at relatively high tube voltage of 80 kVp, 100 kVp and 120 kVp. The SNR of 2.0 mm Al+0.1 mm Mo did not show any significant difference from those of 2.0 mm Al+0.2 mm Cu and 2.0 mm Al+0.1 mm Cu. As a result, if Mo filter is used to replace Cu filter in general radiography, where 80 kVp or higher is used for digital radiation image, patient exposure dose can be reduced significantly without decline in image quality, compared to Cu filter. Therefore, it is believed that Mo filter can be applied to chest X-ray and high tube voltage X-ray in actual clinical practice.

  17. Changes of radiation dose and image quality due to additional filtration material in computed radiography

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    Filter absorbs low-energy X-ray to increase the average energy and reduces patient exposure dose. This study investigates if the materials of Mo and W could be used for the digital imaging device CR by conducting image assessment and dose measurement of SNR, FOM and histogram. In addition, measurement of beam quality was conducted depending on the material of the filter, and at the same time, a proper combination of filters was examined depending on the change in tube voltage (kVp). In regard to entrance skin dose, Mo filter showed the dose reduction by 42?56%, compared to Cu filter. Moreover, Mo filter showed higher transmission dose by around 1.5 times than that of Cu filter. In image assessment, it was found that W was unsuitable to be used as a filter, whereas Mo could be used as a filter to reduce dose without decline in image quality at the tube voltage of 80 kVp or higher. As tube voltage increased, 2.0 mm Al+0.1 mm Mo almost had a similar histogram width to that of 2.0 mm Al+0.2 mm Cu. Therefore, Mo filter can be used at relatively high tube voltage of 80 kVp, 100 kVp and 120 kVp. The SNR of 2.0 mm Al+0.1 mm Mo did not show any significant difference from those of 2.0 mm Al+0.2 mm Cu and 2.0 mm Al+0.1 mm Cu. As a result, if Mo filter is used to replace Cu filter in general radiography, where 80 kVp or higher is used for digital radiation image, patient exposure dose can be reduced significantly without decline in image quality, compared to Cu filter. Therefore, it is believed that Mo filter can be applied to chest X-ray and high tube voltage X-ray in actual clinical practice

  18. The physics of computed radiography: Measurements of pulse height spectra of photostimulable phosphor screens using prompt luminescence

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    Computed radiography (CR) is a digital technology that employs reusable photostimulable phosphor (PSP) imaging plates (IP) to acquire radiographic images. In CR, the x-ray attenuation pattern of the imaged object is temporarily stored as a latent charge image within the PSP. The latent image is optically readout as photostimulated luminescence (PSL) when the phosphor is subsequently stimulated using a scanning laser. The multiple stages necessary to create a CR image make it difficult to investigate either experimentally or theoretically. In order to examine the performance of the CR system at a fundamental level separate measurements of the processes involved are desirable. Here pulse height spectroscopy is used to study the prompt violet light emission or prompt luminescence (PL) from commercial PSP screens. Since the mechanism by which light escapes from the phosphor is identical for PL and PSL, observations and conclusions based on the pulse height spectra (PHS) of PL are relevant to the understanding of the behavior of the PSL light emission that outputs the radiographic image in CR. The PL PHS of screens of different thickness and optical properties were measured and compared with the PHS of conventional phosphors. A new method for calibration of the PHS in terms of the absolute number of optical photons per x-ray is introduced and compared to previously established methods

  19. 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.

  20. An advanced neutron radiography system

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    The Stationary Neutron Radiography System (SNRS) nuclear reactor and radiography systems and their performance are described. The primary mission of the SNRS is to conduct neutron radiographic inspections of aircraft components to detect corrosion and moisture. Preliminary measurements indicate that the facility is capable of producing high quality real-time and film radiography. The reactor is capable of providing various additional services including sample irradiations, nuclear harness testing, in-core irradiations, in-core pneumatic rabbit system irradiations, neutron activation analysis, and pulse and square wave operation. 2 refs

  1. 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 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

  2. Impact of digital radiography on clinical workflow

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    May, Gerald A.; Deer, David D.; Dackiewicz, Doreen

    2000-01-01

    It is commonly accepted that digital radiography (DR) improves workflow and patient throughput compared with traditional film radiography or computed radiography (CR). DR eliminates the film development step and the time to acquire the image from a CR reader. In addition, the wide dynamic range of DR is such that the technologist can perform the quality-control (QC) step directly at the modality in a few seconds, rather than having to transport the newly acquired image to a centralized QC sta...

  3. Neutron induced electron radiography

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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 ?m in 24 ?m of aluminum at a resolution of 32 ?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)

  4. 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

  5. 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...

  6. 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…

  7. Correlation between the signal-to-noise ratio improvement factor (KSNR) and clinical image quality for chest imaging with a computed radiography system

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    Moore, C. S.; Wood, T. J.; Saunderson, J. R.; Beavis, A. W.

    2015-12-01

    This work assessed the appropriateness of the signal-to-noise ratio improvement factor (KSNR) as a metric for the optimisation of computed radiography (CR) of the chest. The results of a previous study in which four experienced image evaluators graded computer simulated chest images using a visual grading analysis scoring (VGAS) scheme to quantify the benefit of using an anti-scatter grid were used for the clinical image quality measurement (number of simulated patients??=??80). The KSNR was used to calculate the improvement in physical image quality measured in a physical chest phantom. KSNR correlation with VGAS was assessed as a function of chest region (lung, spine and diaphragm/retrodiaphragm), and as a function of x-ray tube voltage in a given chest region. The correlation of the latter was determined by the Pearson correlation coefficient. VGAS and KSNR image quality metrics demonstrated no correlation in the lung region but did show correlation in the spine and diaphragm/retrodiaphragmatic regions. However, there was no correlation as a function of tube voltage in any region; a Pearson correlation coefficient (R) of???0.93 (p??=??0.015) was found for lung, a coefficient (R) of???0.95 (p??=??0.46) was found for spine, and a coefficient (R) of???0.85 (p??=??0.015) was found for diaphragm. All demonstrate strong negative correlations indicating conflicting results, i.e. KSNR increases with tube voltage but VGAS decreases. Medical physicists should use the KSNR metric with caution when assessing any potential improvement in clinical chest image quality when introducing an anti-scatter grid for CR imaging, especially in the lung region. This metric may also be a limited descriptor of clinical chest image quality as a function of tube voltage when a grid is used routinely.

  8. 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)

  9. Comparison the Accuracy of the Cone-Beam Computed Tomography With Digital Direct Intraoral Radiography, in Assessment of Periodontal Osseous Lesions

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background Radiography is as a part of periodontal examination. Early detection of periodontal disease is important in the prevention of tooth loss and patient’s general health. Objectives The objective of this study was to compare diagnostic accuracy of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT with digital direct intraoral radiography, in assessment of periodontal osseous lesions. Materials and Methods Fifty interproximal bone losses were evaluated in this study. First, direct digital intraoral radiography (Sopro-La Ciotat-France was taken, and then CBCT (Newtom 3G, Verona. Italy was carried out. Periodontal flap surgery was done to achieve the gold standard. The distance between cementoenamel junction (CEJ and the bottom of the vertical pattern of bone loss or the most coronal level of bone in horizontal pattern was measured. These measurements were analyzed by paired t test. The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC was used to evaluate the degree of agreement between observers. Results Accuracy is higher with CBCT in evaluating vertical dimension of periodontal bony defects (0.53 ± 0.59 to 0.56 ± 0.45 (P < 0.001. ICC shows high level of agreement between observers in two image modality. Conclusions We conclude that CBCT and digital images can be used in periodontal bone assessments; each modality should be chosen based on defect type and patient’s specific characteristics.

  10. Basilar skull fracture in a Thoroughbred colt: Radiography or computed tomography?

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    Chee Kin Lim; Saulez, Montague N.; Adrienne Viljoen; Ann Carstens

    2013-01-01

    A two-year-old Thoroughbred colt was presented to the Equine Clinic, Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital for head trauma after rearing and falling backwards, hitting his head on the ground. Following medical therapy for acute onset neurological impairment secondary to a suspected basilar skull fracture, the horse was anaesthetised and computed tomography of the skull was performed. A diagnosis of a comminuted basilar skull fracture was made and skull radiographs were taken for comparis...

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 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)

  14. Pelvic crush fractures in survivors of the Sichuan earthquake evaluated by digital radiography and multidetector computed tomography

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    To investigate the profile of pelvic crush fractures in earthquake victims on digital radiography (DR) and multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). One hundred and sixty-seven consecutive survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake with pelvic crush fractures classified into types according to the Tile classification system, entered our study. One hundred and thirty-nine, and 28 patients underwent DR and MDCT scans, respectively. Data were reviewed retrospectively focusing on anatomical sites, numbers, and classification of pelvic ring fractures. Pelvic fractures occurred in the pubis in 88 patients (52.7%), in other pelvic bones in 32 (19.16%), and in both the pubis and other pelvic bones in 47 (28.14%). Pubic fractures were more common than fractures of other pelvic bones, and involvement of bilateral pubis was more common than that of the left or right pubis (all p < 0.05). As for the numbers of pelvic bones involved, multiple fractures occurred in 48.52% patients (81 out of 167) composed predominantly of fractures of two bones in 58.02% (47 out of 81), and were seen more often in bilateral pubis than in any other pelvic bones (p < 0.05). Regarding classifications of pelvic ring fractures, they were Type A in 31 patients (18.56%); Type B in 72 (43.11%), predominantly Type B2 in 26 (15.58%) and Type B3 in 28 (16.77%); and Type C in 64 (38.32%), predominantly Type C3 in 40 (23.95%). Pelvic crush fractures particularly including multiple pelvic fractures, occurring predominantly in bilateral pubis, and composed of Type C3 followed by Type B3 and Type B2, could be considered to be the profile of pelvic crush fractures in an earthquake. (orig.)

  15. 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 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

  16. Radiography with Polarised Neutrons

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    2010-01-01

    The combination of neutron radiography with one dimensional polarisation analysis developed in this thesis allows the spatially resolved determination of the magnetic properties of weakly ferromagnetic substances. This method can yield valuable information on the nature of the underlying phase transition. The requirements for all components of the experimental setup and their influence on the maximum spatial resolution are discussed extensively in this work. Radiographic as well as tomographi...

  17. Digital Radiography

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    1986-01-01

    System One, a digital radiography system, incorporates a reusable image medium (RIM) which retains an image. No film is needed; the RIM is read with a laser scanner, and the information is used to produce a digital image on an image processor. The image is stored on an optical disc. System allows the radiologist to "dial away" unwanted images to compare views on three screens. It is compatible with existing equipment and cost efficient. It was commercialized by a Stanford researcher from energy selective technology developed under a NASA grant.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Identification of Nasal Bone Fractures on Conventional Radiography and Facial CT: Comparison of the Diagnostic Accuracy in Different Imaging Modalities and Analysis of Interobserver Reliability

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    There has been no study to compare the diagnostic accuracy of an experienced radiologist with a trainee in nasal bone fracture. To compare the diagnostic accuracy between conventional radiography and computed tomography (CT) for the identification of nasal bone fractures and to evaluate the interobserver reliability between a staff radiologist and a trainee. A total of 108 patients who underwent conventional radiography and CT after acute nasal trauma were included in this retrospective study. Two readers, a staff radiologist and a second-year resident, independently assessed the results of the imaging studies. Of the 108 patients, the presence of a nasal bone fracture was confirmed in 88 (81.5%) patients. The number of non-depressed fractures was higher than the number of depressed fractures. In nine (10.2%) patients, nasal bone fractures were only identified on conventional radiography, including three depressed and six non-depressed fractures. CT was more accurate as compared to conventional radiography for the identification of nasal bone fractures as determined by both readers (P <0.05), all diagnostic indices of an experienced radiologist were similar to or higher than those of a trainee, and ? statistics showed moderate agreement between the two diagnostic tools for both readers. There was no statistical difference in the assessment of interobserver reliability for both imaging modalities in the identification of nasal bone fractures. For the identification of nasal bone fractures, CT was significantly superior to conventional radiography. Although a staff radiologist showed better values in the identification of nasal bone fracture and differentiation between depressed and non-depressed fractures than a trainee, there was no statistically significant difference in the interpretation of conventional radiography and CT between a radiologist and a trainee

  1. Computational Music Analysis

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    This book provides an in-depth introduction and overview of current research in computational music analysis. Its seventeen chapters, written by leading researchers, collectively represent the diversity as well as the technical and philosophical sophistication of the work being done today in this intensely interdisciplinary field. A broad range of approaches are presented, employing techniques originating in disciplines such as linguistics, information theory, information retrieval, pattern recognition, machine learning, topology, algebra and signal processing. Many of the methods described draw on well-established theories in music theory and analysis, such as Forte's pitch-class set theory, Schenkerian analysis, the methods of semiotic analysis developed by Ruwet and Nattiez, and Lerdahl and Jackendoff's Generative Theory of Tonal Music. The book is divided into six parts, covering methodological issues, harmonic and pitch-class set analysis, form and voice-separation, grammars and hierarchical reduction, motivic analysis and pattern discovery and, finally, classification and the discovery of distinctive patterns. As a detailed and up-to-date picture of current research in computational music analysis, the book provides an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers and students in music theory and analysis, computer science, music information retrieval and related disciplines. It also provides a state-of-the-art reference for practitioners in the music technology industry.

  2. Computer Based Power analysis

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available 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 logic gates are used in the most of the existing power plants.

  3. Digital radiography. A comparison with modern conventional imaging

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    Bansal, G J

    2006-01-01

    The development of computed radiography over the past two decades has transformed radiological imaging. The radiology departments in the 21st century will look very different from those in the preceding period. In this review, the development of digital radiography is presented with a description of its various forms and a comparison with screen film radiography.

  4. 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

  5. Retrospective patient dose analysis of Ghana's first direct digital radiography system.

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    Inkoom, Stephen; Togobo, James; Emi-Reynolds, Geoffrey; Oddoye, Adrian; Ntiri, Theophilus Ofosu; Gyekye, Prince Kwabena

    2012-08-01

    The log file generated in the flat panel detector of a direct digital x-ray machine (General Electric, Haulun Medical Systems, Serial Number 8M0392) after x-ray exposure was used to acquire data regarding the entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) for some routine x-ray examinations. The data were collected for a minimum of 10 standard adult patients undergoing each examination considered. The mean ESAK were found to be 0.25, 0.33, 0.14, 7.33, 9.76, 7.38, and 6.86 mGy for skull AP and LAT, chest AP, lumbar spine AP and LAT, pelvis AP and abdomen AP series, respectively. The mean ESAK values recorded from this study show wide variations but were below diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) of the Commission of European Communities and also compare with other recommendations. The comparisons of this study's dose levels with DRLs were undertaken as an approach to dose optimization. The study revealed that a dose audit of digital radiography systems is necessary because of the potential high doses one is likely to receive. Continuous dose evaluation in digital radiography is therefore encouraged in order to optimize doses to patients. PMID:22739831

  6. 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

  7. A new method of the light irradiation image by the computed radiography (imaging plate) system

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    There are two method for the purpose of diagnosing medically by using gamma-ray light irradiation image. One is to use of the scintillation camera for gamma-ray, the other is to use of the photostimulable luminescence point by the secondary excitation of the image plate (IP) system for X-ray. The standpoint of the spatial resolution at the total medical image, using gamma-ray, the first can get the image on a short time, but the first is a poor image quality, and the second is good image quality, but the second can get the image on a long time, because of insensitive to gamma-ray. We report on the improvement for IP's week point by our proposal method, and by our clinical and quantitative analysis data, to use the highly efficient IP (ST-III). We make the improvement on the imaging time (from 30 minutes to 20 minutes), and the inprocessing time (from 33-50 minutes to 27 minutes) for a former method on an organism. We strongly believe that our convenience improvement method, and our clinical quantitative analysis data can contribute to the wide application as well as the quality up for the clinical diagnosis to use gamma-ray. (author)

  8. 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

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

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    Tarpani, J.R. [Sao Paulo Univ. (Brazil); Hideki Shinohara, A. [Pernambuco Federal Univ. (Brazil); Da Silva, R.R. [Rio de Janeiro Federal Univ., Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Brazil); Do Val Lacerda, N. [Compoende Aeronautica Ltda (Brazil)

    2007-07-01

    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)

  10. Scattering influences in quantitative fission neutron radiography for the in situ analysis of hydrogen distribution in metal hydrides

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    Börries, S.; Metz, O.; Pranzas, P. K.; Bücherl, T.; Söllradl, S.; Dornheim, M.; Klassen, T.; Schreyer, A.

    2015-10-01

    In situ neutron radiography allows for the time-resolved study of hydrogen distribution in metal hydrides. However, for a precise quantitative investigation of a time-dependent hydrogen content within a host material, an exact knowledge of the corresponding attenuation coefficient is necessary. Additionally, the effect of scattering has to be considered as it is known to violate Beer's law, which is used to determine the amount of hydrogen from a measured intensity distribution. Within this study, we used a metal hydride inside two different hydrogen storage tanks as host systems, consisting of steel and aluminum. The neutron beam attenuation by hydrogen was investigated in these two different setups during the hydrogen absorption process. A linear correlation to the amount of absorbed hydrogen was found, allowing for a readily quantitative investigation. Further, an analysis of scattering contributions on the measured intensity distributions was performed and is described in detail.

  11. 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)

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

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    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 planned to expand the file formats that can be read by PyRAT, making it easier to use in more situations. A summary of the file formats added include jpeg, jpg, png and formatted ASCII files.

  13. Digital radiography

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    Digital radiography is a generally accepted term comprising all X-ray image systems producing a projected image which resembles the conventional X-ray film image, and which are linked to any type of digital image processing. Fundamental criteria of differentiation are based on the production and detection method of the X-ray image. Various systems are employed, viz. the single-detector, line-detector or fanbeam detector and the area-beam or area-detector image converters, which differ from one another mainly in the manner of conversion of the radiation produced by the X-ray tube. The article also deals with the pros and cons of the various principles, the multitude of systems employed, and the varying frequency of their use in X-ray diagnosis work. (orig.)

  14. Experimental set-up for ion radiography

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    Electponic equipmSnt of the experimental set-up (E=800 MeV) for ion radiography is described. Main SpecificatinS of electronic nits are given. The equipment operated on-line with the HP-2116 B computer. It provided a high speed of data accumulation. Proportional chambers with electromaynetic delay lines were used as detectors. For radiographic analysis of phantoms the density resolution of 0.1 percent at spatial resolution of 2 mm is achieved. The radiation dose of test objects was 1 mrad (the results are presented for approximately 100 events per a 2x2 mm2 cell)

  15. Automatic Registration of CT Volumes and Dual-Energy Digital Radiography for Detection of Cardiac and Lung Diseases

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    Fei, Baowei; CHEN, XIANG; Wang, Hesheng; Sabol, John M; DuPont, Elena; Gilkeson, Robert C.

    2006-01-01

    We are investigating image processing and analysis techniques to improve the ability of dual-energy digital radiography (DR) for the detection of cardiac calcification. Computed tomography (CT) is an established tool for the diagnosis of coronary artery diseases. Dual-energy digital radiography could be a cost-effective alternative. In this study, we use three-dimensional (3D) CT images as the “gold standard” to evaluate the DR X-ray images for calcification detection. To this purpose, we dev...

  16. 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.

  17. Fracture healing: direct magnification versus conventional radiography

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    The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential of magnification radiography in diagnosing fracture healing and assessing its complications. Seventy-three patients with fractures or who had undergone osteotomy were radiographed with both conventional (non-magnified) and magnification (5-fold) techniques. Since 10 patients were radiographed twice and 1 three times, 83 radiographs using each technique were obtained. All radiographs were analysed and the findings correlated with the patients' follow-up studies. The microfocal X-ray unit used for magnification radiography had a focal spot size of 20-130 ?m. As an imaging system, digital luminescence radiography was employed with magnification, while normal film-screen systems were used with conventional radiography. Magnification radiography proved superior to conventional radiography in 47% of cases: endosteal and periosteal callus formations were seen earlier and better in 26 cases, and osseous union could be evaluated with greater certainty in 33 cases. In 49% of cases magnification radiography was equal and in 4% inferior to conventional radiography. Additionally an ''inter-observer analysis'' was carried out. Anatomical and pathological structures were classified into one of four grades. Results were significantly (P < 0.01) better using magnification radiography. We conclude that the magnification technique is a good method for monitoring fracture healing in its early stages. (orig.)

  18. 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

  19. Computational Music Analysis

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    2015-01-01

    This book provides an in-depth introduction and overview of current research in computational music analysis. Its seventeen chapters, written by leading researchers, collectively represent the diversity as well as the technical and philosophical sophistication of the work being done today in this intensely interdisciplinary field. A broad range of approaches are presented, employing techniques originating in disciplines such as linguistics, information theory, information retrieval, pattern reco...

  20. Imaging in rheumatoid arthritis--status and recent advances for magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, computed tomography and conventional radiography

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    Østergaard, Morten; Dohn, U.M.; Østergaard, Mikkel; Pedersen, Susanne Juhl; Døhn, Uffe Møller

    2008-01-01

    Sensitive and reproducible tools for diagnosis, monitoring of disease activity and damage, and prognostication are essential in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Conventional radiography (X-ray), the traditional gold standard for imaging in RA, is not able to detect early disease manifestations such as inflammatory changes in the soft tissues (synovitis, tensynovitis, enthesitis etc.) and the earliest stages of bone erosion. In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ...

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. On-Board Patient Positioning for Head-and-Neck IMRT: Comparing Digital Tomosynthesis to Kilovoltage Radiography and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography

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    Purpose: High-precision intensity-modulated radiotherapy demands high patient positioning accuracy. On-board digital tomosynthesis (DTS) provides three-dimensional (3D) image guidance for daily positioning with a lower imaging dose, faster acquisition, and more geometric flexibility than 3D cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). This clinical study evaluated DTS as a daily imaging technique for patient positioning and compared the results with 3D CBCT and two-dimensional (2D) radiography. Methods and Materials: Head and neck cancer patients undergoing intensity-modulated radiotherapy were studied. For each session, the patient was positioned using laser marks. On-board imaging data sets, including 2D kilovoltage radiographs, DTS, and CBCT, were obtained to measure the daily patient positioning variations. The mean and standard deviations of the positioning variations in the translational and rotational directions were calculated. The positioning differences among 2D radiography, DTS, and CBCT were analyzed. Results: Image data sets were collected from 65 treatment fractions for 10 patients. The systematic patient positioning variation was o-1.99o in the rotational direction. The mean vector isocenter variation was 0.48 cm. DTS with 40 deg. and 20 deg. scan angles in the coronal or sagittal directions yielded the same results for patient positioning. DTS performance was comparable to that of CBCT, with positioning differences of o. The positioning difference between 2D radiography and DTS was ?0.1 cm and 0.2 cm in the vertical/longitudinal and lateral directions. Conclusion: Our results have demonstrated that DTS is a comparable 3D imaging technique to CBCT for daily patient positioning of head-and-neck patients as determined by manual registration of bony anatomy

  5. Contribution of computed tomography in patients with lung metastases of differentiated thyroid carcinoma not apparent on plain radiography who were treated with radioiodine

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    Computed tomography (CT or CAT Scan) of the chest is more sensitive than radiography in the detection of lung metastases of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), but little information is available regarding the aggregated value of this method. The present study evaluated the response of patients with lung metastases of DTC not apparent on radiography to treatment with 131I and the value of CT in these cases. Twenty-five patients with lung metastases not apparent on radiography, who initially received 100-200 mCi I151, were evaluated and those presenting pulmonary uptake on post-therapy WBS were submitted to a new treatment after 6 to 12 months, and so on. The chance of detection of pulmonary uptake on post-therapy WBS did not differ between patients with negative and positive CT (100% versus 91.5%). Mean serum Tg levels were higher in patients with positive CT (108 ng/ml versus 52 ng/ml). Negative post-therapy WBS was achieved in 82% of patients with positive CT and in 92.3% with negative CT and the cumulative I131 activity necessary to achieve this outcome did not differ between the two groups (mean = 300 mCi). Stimulated Tg was undetectable in 47% of patients with negative CT at the end of treatment, but in none of the patients whose CT continued to be positive. In patients with elevated Tg, the CT result apparently did not change the indication of therapy or the I131 activity to be administered. In cases with lung metastases, the persistence of micronodules on CT was associated with the persistence of detectable Tg in patients presenting negative post-therapy WBS. (author)

  6. 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.)

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

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    Poleti, Marcelo Lupion; Fernandes, Thais Maria Freire; Teixeira, Renata Cordeiro; Capelozza, Ana Lúcia Alvares; Rubira-Bullen, Izabel Regina Fischer

    2015-01-01

    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 < 0.05) in the most radiolucent region (ST). Only the noise was affected by the exposure time. In conclusion, the reproducibility of the gray values and the noise of the Visualix eHD system can vary in specific areas with different radiolucency. PMID:26017488

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Accelerated H-LBP-based edge extraction method for digital radiography

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    With the goal of achieving real time and efficient edge extraction for digital radiography, an accelerated H-LBP-based edge extraction method (AH-LBP) is presented in this paper by improving the existing framework of local binary pattern with the H function (H-LBP). Since the proposed method avoids computationally expensive operations with no loss of quality, it possesses much lower computational complexity than H-LBP. Experimental results on real radiographies show desirable performance of our method. - Highlights: • An accelerated H-LBP method for edge extraction on digital radiography is proposed. • The novel AH-LBP relies on numerical analysis of the existing H-LBP method. • Aiming at accelerating, H-LBP is reformulated as a direct binary processing. • AH-LBP provides the same edge extraction result as H-LBP does. • AH-LBP has low computational complexity satisfying real time requirements

  12. a-Si:H/CsI(Tl) flat-panel versus computed radiography for chest imaging applications: image quality metrics measurement

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    Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) flat-panel (FP) imaging systems have recently become commercially available for both chest and mammographic imaging applications. It has been shown that this new detector technology offers better image quality and various operational advantages over the computed radiography (CR) which to date has been the most widely implemented and used digital radiography technique. However, most image quality measurements reported on flat-panel systems have been performed on prototype systems in laboratories while those for CR systems were typically independently performed and reported on in separate studies. To directly compare the two technologies, we have measured the image properties for a commercial amorphous silicon/cesium iodide [a-Si:H/CsI(Tl)] flat-panel based digital chest system and a commercial CR system under clinical imaging conditions. In this paper, measurements of image quality metrics, including the modulation transfer functions (MTFs), noise power spectra (NPSs), and detective quantum efficiencies (DQEs), for the FP and CR systems are presented and compared. Methods and issues related to these measurements are discussed. The results show that the flat-panel system has slightly lower MTF but significantly higher DQEs than the CR system. The DQEs of the flat-panel system were found to increase with the exposure while those of the CR system decrease slightly with the exposure

  13. 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

  14. 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)

  15. 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

  16. 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

    2012-07-01

    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)

  17. 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)

  18. Abstract Geometrical Computation and Computable Analysis

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    Durand-Lose, Jérôme

    Extended Signal machines are proven able to compute any computable function in the understanding of recursive/computable analysis (CA), here type-2 Turing machines (T2-TM) with signed binary encoding. This relies on an intermediate representation of any real number as an integer (in signed binary) plus an exact value in ( - 1,1) which allows to have only finitely many signals present outside of the computation. Extracting a (signed) bit, improving the precision by one bit and iterating the T2-TM only involve standard signal machines.

  19. Comparison of the quality of the chest film between digital radiography and conventional high kV radiography

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    Objective: To evaluate the quality and usefulness of direct digital radiography system in roentgenogram of chest in clinical practice. Methods: 1000 cases of chest roentgenograms with digital radiography and high kV conventional radiography were selected for analysis by 3 senior radiologists. Results: 1. With digital radiography system, the quality of chest film was assessed as grade A in 50.6%, grade B in 38.5%, grade C in 10.9%, and no waste film. 2. With conventional high kV radiography, the quality of chest film was assessed as grade A in 41.1%, grade B in 44.1%, grade C in 13.3%, and waste film in 1.5%. The direct digital radiography was statistically superior to the conventional high kV radiography. 3. The fine structure of the lungs could be revealed in 100.0% of chest roentgenogram with direct digital radiograph system, which was significantly higher than that acquired with the conventional high KV radiography (78.6%, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Direct digital radiography could provide the chest film with better quality than that with the conventional high kV radiography. The direct digital radiography system is easy to operate, fast in capturing imaging and could provide post-processing techniques, which will facilitate the accurate diagnosis of chest radiography

  20. National Survey of Radiation Doses of Pediatric Chest Radiography in Korea: Analysis of the Factors Affecting Radiation Doses

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    Kim, Bo Hyun; Do, Kyung Hyun; Goo, Hyun Woo; Yang, Dong Hyun; Oh, Sang Young [Dept. of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyeong Ju; Lee, Kwang Yong; Lee, Jung Eun [National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, Radiation Safety Division, Cheongwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-09-15

    To investigate radiation doses in pediatric chest radiography in a national survey and to analyze the factors that affect radiation doses. The study was based on the results of 149 chest radiography machines in 135 hospitals nationwide. For each machine, a chest radiograph was obtained by using a phantom representing a 5-year-old child (ATOM dosimetry phantom, model 705-D, CIRS, Norfolk, VA, USA) with each hospital's own protocol. Five glass dosimeters (M-GD352M, Asahi Techno Glass Corporation, Shizuoka, Japan) were horizontally installed at the center of the phantom to measure the dose. Other factors including machine's radiography system, presence of dedicated pediatric radiography machine, presence of an attending pediatric radiologist, and the use of automatic exposure control (AEC) were also evaluated. The average protocol for pediatric chest radiography examination in Korea was 94.9 peak kilovoltage and 4.30 milliampere second. The mean entrance surface dose (ESD) during a single examination was 140.4 microgray ({mu}Gy). The third quartile, median, minimum and maximum value of ESD were 160.8 {mu}Gy, 93.4 {mu}Gy, 18.8 {mu}Gy, and 2334.6 {mu}Gy, respectively. There was no significant dose difference between digital and non-digital radiography systems. The use of AEC significantly reduced radiation doses of pediatric chest radiographs (p < 0.001). Our nationwide survey shows that the third quartile, median, and mean ESD for pediatric chest radiograph is 160.8 {mu}Gy, 93.4 {mu}Gy, and 140.4 {mu}Gy, respectively. No significant dose difference is noticed between digital and non-digital radiography systems, and the use of AEC helps significantly reduce radiation doses.

  1. National Survey of Radiation Doses of Pediatric Chest Radiography in Korea: Analysis of the Factors Affecting Radiation Doses

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    To investigate radiation doses in pediatric chest radiography in a national survey and to analyze the factors that affect radiation doses. The study was based on the results of 149 chest radiography machines in 135 hospitals nationwide. For each machine, a chest radiograph was obtained by using a phantom representing a 5-year-old child (ATOM dosimetry phantom, model 705-D, CIRS, Norfolk, VA, USA) with each hospital's own protocol. Five glass dosimeters (M-GD352M, Asahi Techno Glass Corporation, Shizuoka, Japan) were horizontally installed at the center of the phantom to measure the dose. Other factors including machine's radiography system, presence of dedicated pediatric radiography machine, presence of an attending pediatric radiologist, and the use of automatic exposure control (AEC) were also evaluated. The average protocol for pediatric chest radiography examination in Korea was 94.9 peak kilovoltage and 4.30 milliampere second. The mean entrance surface dose (ESD) during a single examination was 140.4 microgray (?Gy). The third quartile, median, minimum and maximum value of ESD were 160.8 ?Gy, 93.4 ?Gy, 18.8 ?Gy, and 2334.6 ?Gy, respectively. There was no significant dose difference between digital and non-digital radiography systems. The use of AEC significantly reduced radiation doses of pediatric chest radiographs (p < 0.001). Our nationwide survey shows that the third quartile, median, and mean ESD for pediatric chest radiograph is 160.8 ?Gy, 93.4 ?Gy, and 140.4 ?Gy, respectively. No significant dose difference is noticed between digital and non-digital radiography systems, and the use of AEC helps significantly reduce radiation doses.

  2. Evaluation of traumatic lateral cervical spine computed radiography images: quality control acceptability of images for clinical diagnosis, hardcopy versus high-resolution monitors

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    Leckie, Robert G.; Sheehy, Monet R.; Cade, Lawrence; Goeringer, Fred; Meyers, Chris A.; Parker, James E.; Smith, Donald V.; Freedman, Matthew T.

    1993-06-01

    The computed radiography images of 100 randomly selected traumatic cervical spine series were evaluated. The studies were reviewed on the laser printed hardcopy and 2K monitor soft copy images. In addition to the cervical vertebrae, the cervico-thoracic vertebral body interface must be recognized for a lateral c-spine image to be acceptable. The level of visualization of the spine was on average, 1/2 vertebral body better on the monitor than the hardcopy image. In 8% of cases, this improve visualization allowed clearance of the lateral cervical spine thereby expediting patient care in this critical area. This presentation will cover the quality of images and techniques to improve the success rate for clearing the cervical spine.

  3. Radiography with polarised neutrons

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    2010-08-20

    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.)

  4. 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.)

  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. Study of X-ray filter and peak kilovoltage in Fuji computed radiography in regard to the detection of simulated pulmonary nodules

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    To determine a suitable combination of X-ray filter and tube kilovoltage for Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR), provide better detection of pulmonary nodules, and reduce patient exposure, we compared observer performance with different X-ray filters and tube voltages. Radiographs were obtained with a copper filter backed by aluminium, with a tungsten filter backed by yttrium and aluminium, and with a lead filter backed by yttrium and aluminium, at both 100 kVp and 135 kVp. Observer performance in detecting simulated lung nodules, which were placed on the posterior aspect of a chest phantom, was compared using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) techniques for each combination of the X-ray filter and tube voltage. The results of the study indicated that 1) nodule detection was superior for the images obtained with 135 kVq as compared with 100 kVp; 2) approximately equal detection rates were obtained for the three X-ray filter sets, although results with the tungsten filter were slightly inferior to the other two filters; and 3) the absorbed dose may be reduced by 30% with the use of a lead filter backed by yttrium and aluminium compared with a copper filter backed by aluminium. We conclude that chest radiography with FCR should preferably be conducted with a higher kilovoltage, e.g., 135 kVp rather than 100 kVp, to ensure a higher detection rate of pulmonary nodules and in conjunction with a lead filter backed by yttrium and aluminium to reduce X-ray exposure to the patient. (author)

  8. 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

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

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    Lança, Luís; Silva, Augusto

    2009-01-01

    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...

  10. Neutron radiography using small cyclotrons

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    For neutron radiography, as a neutron source, a small cyclotron has been used in this facility, which was developed for the production of short life radioisotopes by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. Further, the development of the use of fast ion beam for industrial fields has been advanced, Neutron radiography was carried out earliest in 1983, and thereafter, the activation analysis using charged particles, the ion irradiation to semiconductor elements, the measurement of wear by using the nuclides produced with the cyclotron as the tracer and so on have been performed. The specification of this neutron radiography facility is shown. The method of irradiating proton beam to a beryllium target is adopted. The features of the moderator, the device for improving neutron flux, the collimators and so on are explained. The heightening of neutron characteristics by the improvement of the moderator is shown. Thermal neutrons have the large cross section of absorption or scattering in hydrogen and special elements, and show the transparent property in general metals. Accordingly, the have the merit that the photographing of good contrast can be done for the hydrocarbon materials in metallic enclosures. The examples of the application of thermal neutron radiography to space rockets, aircrafts, automobiles and others are shown. (K.I.)

  11. 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)

  12. Clinical results of CsI-detector-based dual-exposure dual energy in chest radiography

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    The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity and specificity of digital chest radiography alone with digital chest radiography combined with dual-energy chest radiography in the detection of small non-calcified pulmonary nodules. Standard and dual-energy radiographs were obtained with a flat-panel digital chest system. Four radiologists reviewed digital posteroanterior chest radiographs in random order either alone or in conjunction with dual-energy soft tissue and bone images. Twenty patients with a total of 59 pulmonary nodules (median 0.5 cm, range 0.3 - 2.5 cm) confirmed by computed tomography (HU ?100) were included. A level of confidence for each diagnosis was documented using a rating scale of 1-5. Brunner and Langer's test was performed for statistical analysis. Subgroup analysis was performed for nodules greater than 1 cm, 1-0.5 cm, and <0.5 cm. For posteroanterior chest radiography, sensitivity was 33%, positive predictive value 83%, specificity 81%, and negative predictive value 30%. Review in conjunction with dual-energy images resulted in a sensitivity of 42%, positive predictive value 88%, specificity 85%, and negative predictive value 34%. The increase of nodule detection overall as well as for different size categories was significant (p<0.05). The increase of the confidence level rating was also significant (p<0.001). Dual energy added to standard posteroanterior chest radiography significantly improves the sensitivity, specificity, and confidence in detection of small non-calcified pulmonary nodules. (orig.)

  13. Comparison of whole-body 64-slice multidetector computed tomography and conventional radiography in staging of multiple myeloma

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    This study compares the sensitivity of whole-body multidetector CT (MDCT) and conventional radiography (CR) in the staging of multiple myeloma (MM). Twenty-nine patients with MM underwent a staging examination both by MDCT and CR. CT examination was performed with a collimation of 64 x 0.6 mm, a tube potential of 100 kVp, an effective tube current-time product of 100 mAs and automatic dose modulation as low-dose protocol. Number, size and diagnostic confidence of osteolytic lesions were determined and compared. The effective dose of MDCT and CR was assessed. Using MDCT, the detection of osteolysis was increased seven-fold concerning the spine. Ninety-seven lesions in 18 patients were detected exclusively by MDCT. The detection rate concerning the spine, pelvic skeleton and thoracic cage was significantly higher (p?0.001), and diagnostic confidence was increased by MDCT (p<0.02) compared to CR. Therapy was changed after MDCT in 18.2% of the patients with a clinical suspicion of progressive disease. The estimated effective dose of MDCT (4.8 mSv) and CR (1.7 mSv) was comparable. In conclusion, MDCT has a significantly higher sensitivity and reliability in the detection of osteolysis than CR and can be recommended as standard imaging method in the staging of MM. (orig.)

  14. Comparison of whole-body 64-slice multidetector computed tomography and conventional radiography in staging of multiple myeloma

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    Kroepil, Patric; Fritz, Lars B.; Blondin, Dirk; Moedder, Ulrich; Cohnen, Mathias [Institut fuer Diagnostische Radiologie der Universitaet Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (Germany); Fenk, Roland; Kobbe, Guido [Onkologie und Klinische Immunologie der Universitaet Duesseldorf, Klinik fuer Haematologie, Duesseldorf (Germany)

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    This study compares the sensitivity of whole-body multidetector CT (MDCT) and conventional radiography (CR) in the staging of multiple myeloma (MM). Twenty-nine patients with MM underwent a staging examination both by MDCT and CR. CT examination was performed with a collimation of 64 x 0.6 mm, a tube potential of 100 kVp, an effective tube current-time product of 100 mAs and automatic dose modulation as low-dose protocol. Number, size and diagnostic confidence of osteolytic lesions were determined and compared. The effective dose of MDCT and CR was assessed. Using MDCT, the detection of osteolysis was increased seven-fold concerning the spine. Ninety-seven lesions in 18 patients were detected exclusively by MDCT. The detection rate concerning the spine, pelvic skeleton and thoracic cage was significantly higher (p{<=}0.001), and diagnostic confidence was increased by MDCT (p<0.02) compared to CR. Therapy was changed after MDCT in 18.2% of the patients with a clinical suspicion of progressive disease. The estimated effective dose of MDCT (4.8 mSv) and CR (1.7 mSv) was comparable. In conclusion, MDCT has a significantly higher sensitivity and reliability in the detection of osteolysis than CR and can be recommended as standard imaging method in the staging of MM. (orig.)

  15. Dose-image quality study in digital chest radiography using Monte Carlo simulation

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    One of the main preoccupations of diagnostic radiology is to guarantee a good image-sparing dose to the patient. In the present study, Monte Carlo simulations, with MCNPX code, coupled with an adult voxel female model (FAX) were performed to investigate how image quality and dose in digital chest radiography vary with tube voltage (80-150 kV) using air-gap technique and a computed radiography system. Calculated quantities were normalized to a fixed value of entrance skin exposure (ESE) of 0.0136 R. The results of the present analysis show that the image quality for chest radiography with imaging plate is improved and the dose reduced at lower tube voltage

  16. Security Analysis of Cloud Computing

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    This paper produces a baseline security analysis of the Cloud Computing Operational Environment in terms of threats, vulnerabilities and impacts. An analysis is conducted and the top three threats are identified with recommendations for practitioners. The conclusion of the analysis is that the most serious threats are non-technical and can be solved via management processes rather than technical countermeasures

  17. Analysis of ROC on chest direct digital radiography (DR) after image processing in diagnosis of SARS

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    Lv, Guozheng; Lan, Rihui; Zeng, Qingsi; Zheng, Zhong

    2004-05-01

    The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS, also called Infectious Atypical Pneumonia), which initially broke out in late 2002, has threatened the public"s health seriously. How to confirm the patients contracting SARS becomes an urgent issue in diagnosis. This paper intends to evaluate the importance of Image Processing in the diagnosis on SARS at the early stage. Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) analysis has been employed in this study to compare the value of DR images in the diagnosis of SARS patients before and after image processing by Symphony Software supplied by E-Com Technology Ltd., and DR image study of 72 confirmed or suspected SARS patients were reviewed respectively. All the images taken from the studied patients were processed by Symphony. Both the original and processed images were taken into ROC analysis, based on which the ROC graph for each group of images has been produced as described below: For processed images: a = 1.9745, b = 1.4275, SA = 0.8714; For original images: a = 0.9066, b = 0.8310, SA = 0.7572; (a - intercept, b - slop, SA - Area below the curve). The result shows significant difference between the original images and processed images (P<0.01). In summary, the images processed by Symphony are superior to the original ones in detecting the opacity lesion, and increases the accuracy of SARS diagnosis.

  18. 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

  19. ROC-analysis of detection performance by analogue and digital plain film systems in chest radiography

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    Purpose: To compare the performances of 4 imaging systems in the diagnostic radiology of the chest: an asymmetric screen-film combination (a-SFC); a conventional screen-film combination of speed class 200 (SFC); a screen-film combination of speed class 200 with an aluminum lung filter; a digital luminescence radiographs (DLR). Material and Methods: Object detectability studies were carried out using an anthropomorphic chest phantom. The images were obtained under standard exposure conditions at 125 kVp. The detection performance of the various systems was evaluated by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis on the basis of a total of 12 240 observations. Results: In the overall evaluation the a-SFC and the SFC plus lung filter received equally high ratings of 0.878±0.018 and 0.860±0.21, respectively (p>0.05). There was no significant difference between the 200-speed SFC and the storage phosphor radiographs. In the mediastinum all the tested systems were clearly superior to the 200-speed SFC (p0.05). Conclusion: The a-SFC and the digital luminescence radiographs provide a significant gain in diagnostic information in the mediastinum without diminishing detail detectability in the lung fields and without additional radiation exposure. (orig.)rig.)

  20. 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 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.

  1. Treatment planning with computerized digital radiography

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    An essential development in individual treatment planning by means of computed tomography is reported in the present contribution. Digital radiography makes possible a representation of the body segments to be irradiated, visualizing frontal and lateral views in a quality almost equal to conventional X-ray radiographs. As a decisive advantage, beside the image reproduction without distortion, must be regarded digital localization of the field's limits and mid-point in the isocenter and, therefore, accurate localization of the transversal layer for treatment planning. Utilization of computed tomography combined with digital radiography thus appears as a real alternative of the therapy simulator. (orig.)

  2. Computer analysis of railcar vibrations

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    1975-01-01

    Computer models and techniques for calculating railcar vibrations are discussed along with criteria for vehicle ride optimization. The effect on vibration of car body structural dynamics, suspension system parameters, vehicle geometry, and wheel and rail excitation are presented. Ride quality vibration data collected on the state-of-the-art car and standard light rail vehicle is compared to computer predictions. The results show that computer analysis of the vehicle can be performed for relatively low cost in short periods of time. The analysis permits optimization of the design as it progresses and minimizes the possibility of excessive vibration on production vehicles.

  3. Bone X-Ray (Radiography)

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  8. Research on computed tomography reconstructions from one or two radiographs: A report and the application to FXR radiography

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    Back, N.; Schneberk, D.; McMillan, C.; Azevedo, S.; Gorvad, M.

    1995-01-26

    This report documents some cooperative research into volumetric image reconstruction from single radiographs. Imaging dynamic events is the most important application for this type of work, but the techniques have possible extensions. Two general objectives guide this work. The first objective is to gain an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of single-view methods for representing internal features. Second, we endeavor to obtain and/or develop techniques for performing image reconstructions with FXR radiographs. If possible, we seek to obtain some quantitative measure of the accuracy of this class of image reconstructions in two respects: (i) in terms of the dimensional accuracy of feature boundaries, and (ii) as pertains to the accuracy of the voxel intensities. Dynamic events are not always self-calibrating, and it is important to establish the reconstruction accuracy of single-view methods for placing bounds on the kinds of conclusions which can be advanced from single-view reconstructed images. Computed tomographic image reconstructions provide dimensional detail of internal structures of objects and provide a measure of the per-voxel attenuation of material in the object. When assumptions behind a reconstruction algorithm are not satisfied, or are satisfied in a limited way, the accuracy of the reconstructed image is compromised. It is the goal of Cr analysis to discern the {open_quotes}real{close_quotes} features of the internals of an object in the midst of a certain level of artifactual content in the image. By understanding the ways in which CT reconstructions from a single radiograph can produce misleading results we hope to develop some measure of the benefits and limitations of single view techniques. 31 refs., 20 figs.

  9. 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.

  10. A simple quality assurance test tool for the visual verification of light and radiation field congruent using electronic portal images device and computed radiography

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The radiation field on most megavoltage radiation therapy units are shown by a light field projected through the collimator by a light source mounted inside the collimator. The light field is traditionally used for patient alignment. Hence it is imperative that the light field is congruent with the radiation field. Method A simple quality assurance tool has been designed for rapid and simple test of the light field and radiation field using electronic portal images device (EPID or computed radiography (CR. We tested this QA tool using Varian PortalVision and Elekta iViewGT EPID systems and Kodak CR system. Results Both the single and double exposure techniques were evaluated, with double exposure technique providing a better visualization of the light-radiation field markers. The light and radiation congruency could be detected within 1 mm. This will satisfy the American Association of Physicists in Medicine task group report number 142 recommendation of 2 mm tolerance. Conclusion The QA tool can be used with either an EPID or CR to provide a simple and rapid method to verify light and radiation field congruence.

  11. Neutron radiography, techniques and applications

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    After describing the principles of the ''in pool'' and ''dry'' installations, techniques used in neutron radiography are reviewed. Use of converter foils with silver halide films for the direct and transfer methods is described. Advantages of the use of nitrocellulose film for radiographying radioactive objects are discussed. Dynamic imaging is shortly reviewed. Standardization in the field of neutron radiography (ASTM and Euratom Neutron Radiography Working Group) is described. The paper reviews main fields of use of neutron radiography. Possibilities of use of neutron radiography at research reactors in various scientific, industrial and other fields are mentioned. Examples are given of application of neutron radiography in industry and the nuclear field. (author)

  12. Diagnosis of asbestosis by a time expanded wave form analysis, auscultation and high resolution computed tomography: a comparative study.

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    al Jarad, N; Strickland, B; Bothamley, G; Lock, S.; Logan-Sinclair, R; Rudd, R. M.

    1993-01-01

    BACKGROUND--Crackles are a prominent clinical feature of asbestosis and may be an early sign of the condition. Auscultation, however, is subjective and interexaminer disagreement is a problem. Computerised lung sound analysis can visualise, store, and analyse lung sounds and disagreement on the presence of crackles is minimal. High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is superior to chest radiography in detecting early signs of asbestosis. The aim of this study was to compare clinical auscul...

  13. Recent developments in radiography

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    Advances in radiography are reviewed and eighty-one references are cited to provide additional information. The review includes information on x-ray sources in terms of output, portability and imaging geometry and detectors in terms of films and screens, electrostatic methods, real-time techniques and solid state devices. Inspection methods utilizing radiations other than x-rays, neutrons and charged particles, expand the inspection problems suitable for radiography. Techniques such as tomography, digital radiography and image enhancement are described. Tomography, in particular, provides excellent capability to characterize materials and discontinuities

  14. International Neutron Radiography Newsletter

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    At the First World Conference on Neutron Radiography i t was decided to continue the "Neutron Radiography Newsletter", published previously by J.P. Barton, as the "International Neutron Radiography Newsletter" (INRNL), with J.C. Doraanus as editor. The British Journal of Non-Destructive Testing (BJNDT) has agreed to publish the INRNL in i t s column "NDT Bookcase". The Revue Practique de Control Industriel has also agreed to publish the French version of the INRNL. Up t i l l now 12 issues of th...

  15. 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...

  16. The Enhanced Workflow and Efficiency of the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)-Based Direct Digital Radiography (DDR) Portable Radiography.

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    Ngan, Tsz-Lung; Wong, Edward Ting-Hei; Ng, Kris Lap-Shun; Jeor, Patrick Kwok-Shing; Lo, Gladys Goh

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    With the implementation of the PACS in the hospital, there is an increasing demand from the clinicians for immediate access and display of radiological images. Recently, our hospital has installed the first wireless local area network (WLAN)-based direct digital radiography (DDR) portable radiography system. The DDR portable radiography system allows wireless retrieval of modality worklist and wireless transmission of portable X-ray image on the console to the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), via WLAN connection of wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi). The aim of this study was to analyze the workflow and performance between the WLAN-based DDR portable radiography system and the old practice using conventional portable X-ray machine with computed radiography (CR) system. A total of 190 portable chest X-ray examinations were evaluated and timed, using the conventional portable X-ray machine with CR from March to April of 2012 and using the new DDR portable radiography system on December of 2012 (n = 97 for old system and n = 93 for DDR portable system). The time interval of image becoming available to the PACS using the WLAN-based DDR portable radiography system was significantly shorter than that of the old practice using the conventional portable X-ray machine with CR (6.8 ± 2.6 min for DDR portable system; 23 ± 10.2 min for old system; p radiography system can enhance the workflow of portable radiography by reduction of procedural steps. PMID:25561071

  17. 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.

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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 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

  18. 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

    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 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

  19. Experiments on neutron radiography

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    Abdul Ghaffar Ramli; Azali Muhamad; Wan Ruslan Yusof; Ahmad Sabri Abdul Razak; Jamal Khaer Ibrahim; Rosley Jaafar (PUSPATI, Selangor (Malaysia))

    1984-12-01

    This paper presents the neutron-radiography research activities in Nuclear Energy Unit (UTN) as a trial before a neutron-radiography service can routinely be given. This trial neutron-radiography research encompasses the design and construction of a facility (NuR 1), collimator and the exposure system, as well as measurements of neutron and gamma dose-distribution, neutron-beam properties in NuR 1 and characteristics of the image recorder. A few problems arose in the early stage of work and the action taken to overcome these are also mentioned. Finally, methods of increasing the quality of the image are proposed and attempted. This project has given some important information so as to enable the construction of a permanent facility (Nur 2) and the execution of a neutron-radiography service.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Intercomparison of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, quantitative neutron capture radiography, and prompt gamma activation analysis for the determination of boron in biological samples

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    Schuetz, C.L. [University of Mainz, Institute for Nuclear Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Institute for Nuclear Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); Brochhausen, C. [University of Mainz, Institute of Pathology, Mainz (Germany); Hampel, G.; Iffland, D.; Schmitz, T.; Stieghorst, C.; Kratz, J.V. [University of Mainz, Institute for Nuclear Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); Kuczewski, B. [Regional Council Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany); Otto, G. [University of Mainz, Department of Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Transplantation Surgery, Mainz (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    Boron determination in blood and tissue samples is a crucial task especially for treatment planning, preclinical research, and clinical application of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). Comparison of clinical findings remains difficult due to a variety of analytical methods, protocols, and standard reference materials in use. This paper addresses the comparability of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, quantitative neutron capture radiography, and prompt gamma activation analysis for the determination of boron in biological samples. It was possible to demonstrate that three different methods relying on three different principles of sample preparation and boron detection can be validated against each other and yield consistent results for both blood and tissue samples. The samples were obtained during a clinical study for the application of BNCT for liver malignancies and therefore represent a realistic situation for boron analysis. (orig.)

  3. Intercomparison of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, quantitative neutron capture radiography, and prompt gamma activation analysis for the determination of boron in biological samples.

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    Schütz, C L; Brochhausen, C; Hampel, G; Iffland, D; Kuczewski, B; Otto, G; Schmitz, T; Stieghorst, C; Kratz, J V

    2012-10-01

    Boron determination in blood and tissue samples is a crucial task especially for treatment planning, preclinical research, and clinical application of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). Comparison of clinical findings remains difficult due to a variety of analytical methods, protocols, and standard reference materials in use. This paper addresses the comparability of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, quantitative neutron capture radiography, and prompt gamma activation analysis for the determination of boron in biological samples. It was possible to demonstrate that three different methods relying on three different principles of sample preparation and boron detection can be validated against each other and yield consistent results for both blood and tissue samples. The samples were obtained during a clinical study for the application of BNCT for liver malignancies and therefore represent a realistic situation for boron analysis. PMID:22918535

  4. Digital-enhanced radiography

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    Magnification radiography has long been used to provide additional precise diagnostic information in skeletal radiology, angiography, and mammography. The performance of such examinations usually requires specialized microfocus units, additional imaging procedures, or additional radiographic exposures. The authors have applied a new commercially available video-based digital enhancement system, originally developed for mammography, to provide the diagnostic information of magnification radiography with existing radiographs of peripheral articular imaging and conventional angiograms. Their initial experience is described in this paper

  5. 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

  6. High quality neutron radiography

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    By the neutron radiography which is reported in this paper, the radiographs which cannot be obtained by X-ray radiography such as the distribution of water flow in a metal vessel or high radioactive substances can be obtained. As the imaging methods of neutron radiography, there are TV method, film method, track etching method and so on. As for these devices, the dynamic range is small, and there is the limit in quantitative evaluation. Consequently, the semiconductor light-receiving element made by Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. developed for measuring weak light was used as a new device. It is called PCD linear image sensor as a plasma coupled device (PCD) is used as the shift register. The basic research on imaging neutron flux distribution by using a cooled type PCD linear image sensor and a honeycomb collimator and analyzing it quantitatively was carried out. The principle of neutron radiography, the PCD linear image sensor system and its cooling unit, the principle and the method of quantitative neutron radiography, the experiment on neutron radiography and its results, and the example of the application to CT are reported. (K.I.)

  7. Chest X-Ray (Chest Radiography)

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    X-ray (Radiography) - Chest What is a Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)? What are some common uses of ... limitations of Chest Radiography? What is a Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)? The chest x-ray is the ...

  8. Does applying the Canadian Cervical Spine rule reduce cervical spine radiography rates in alert patients with blunt trauma to the neck? A retrospective analysis

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    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background A cautious outlook towards neck injuries has been the norm to avoid missing cervical spine injuries. Consequently there has been an increased use of cervical spine radiography. The Canadian Cervical Spine rule was proposed to reduce unnecessary use of cervical spine radiography in alert and stable patients. Our aim was to see whether applying the Canadian Cervical Spine rule reduced the need for cervical spine radiography without missing significant cervical spine injuries...

  9. Fully automatic and reference-marker-free image stitching method for full-spine and full-leg imaging with computed radiography

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    Wang, Xiaohui; Foos, David H.; Doran, James; Rogers, Michael K.

    2004-05-01

    Full-leg and full-spine imaging with standard computed radiography (CR) systems requires several cassettes/storage phosphor screens to be placed in a staggered arrangement and exposed simultaneously to achieve an increased imaging area. A method has been developed that can automatically and accurately stitch the acquired sub-images without relying on any external reference markers. It can detect and correct the order, orientation, and overlap arrangement of the subimages for stitching. The automatic determination of the order, orientation, and overlap arrangement of the sub-images consists of (1) constructing a hypothesis list that includes all cassette/screen arrangements, (2) refining hypotheses based on a set of rules derived from imaging physics, (3) correlating each consecutive sub-image pair in each hypothesis and establishing an overall figure-of-merit, (4) selecting the hypothesis of maximum figure-of-merit. The stitching process requires the CR reader to over scan each CR screen so that the screen edges are completely visible in the acquired sub-images. The rotational displacement and vertical displacement between two consecutive sub-images are calculated by matching the orientation and location of the screen edge in the front image and its corresponding shadow in the back image. The horizontal displacement is estimated by maximizing the correlation function between the two image sections in the overlap region. Accordingly, the two images are stitched together. This process is repeated for the newly stitched composite image and the next consecutive sub-image until a full-image composite is created. The method has been evaluated in both phantom experiments and clinical studies. The standard deviation of image misregistration is below one image pixel.

  10. 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 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

  11. 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 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.)

  12. Recovering root system traits using image analysis exemplified by two-dimensional neutron radiography images of lupine.

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    Leitner, Daniel; Felderer, Bernd; Vontobel, Peter; Schnepf, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Root system traits are important in view of current challenges such as sustainable crop production with reduced fertilizer input or in resource-limited environments. We present a novel approach for recovering root architectural parameters based on image-analysis techniques. It is based on a graph representation of the segmented and skeletonized image of the root system, where individual roots are tracked in a fully automated way. Using a dynamic root architecture model for deciding whether a specific path in the graph is likely to represent a root helps to distinguish root overlaps from branches and favors the analysis of root development over a sequence of images. After the root tracking step, global traits such as topological characteristics as well as root architectural parameters are computed. Analysis of neutron radiographic root system images of lupine (Lupinus albus) grown in mesocosms filled with sandy soil results in a set of root architectural parameters. They are used to simulate the dynamic development of the root system and to compute the corresponding root length densities in the mesocosm. The graph representation of the root system provides global information about connectivity inside the graph. The underlying root growth model helps to determine which path inside the graph is most likely for a given root. This facilitates the systematic investigation of root architectural traits, in particular with respect to the parameterization of dynamic root architecture models. PMID:24218493

  13. 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.))

  14. 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...

  15. Which technologies to replace gamma radiography?

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    Gamma radiography with iridium source is largely used in the industrial sector for the control of welds, tubes and pressure vessels as well as for monitoring corrosion. Hazards due to the handling of ionizing radiation sources (Ir192) and constraints due to a more and more demanding regulations call for alternative methods. The French 'Institut de soudure' has led a 4-year long study (Alter-X project) and has identified 3 alternative methods for the iridium gamma radiography: -) the TOFD (Time Of Flight Diffraction) which is based on the analysis of the diffraction of ultrasound waves on the edges of defects; -) phased array ultrasound which is based on a series of elementary sensors that can be handled in an individual manner by specific electronics, the sweeping is no more manual but electronic and enables the operator to localize and size defects deep under the surface; -) digit radiography that is a common radiography in which the film is replaced by a re-usable phosphorus screen that is more sensitive and can be easily digitalized and has no need for a chemical treatment to be read. Digit radiography used with Se75 (another gamma emitter) gives comparable or even better results than with Ir192 but with a dose rate cut by half at least. (A.C.)

  16. 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.

  17. A new method of the light irradiation image by the computed radiography (imaging plate) system. Part 2

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    There are two method for the purpose of diagnosing medically by using gamma-ray light irradiation image. One is to use of the scintillation camera for gamma-ray, the other is to use of the photostimulable luminescence point by the secondary excitation of the image plate (IP) system for X-ray. The standpoint of the spatial resolution at the total medical image, using gamma-ray, the first can get the image on a short time, but the first is a poor image quality, and the second is good image quality, but the second can the image on a long time, because of insensitive to gamma-ray. We report on the improvement for IP s week point by our proposal method, and by our clinical and quantitative analysis data, to use the highly efficient IP (IP-III). We make the improvement on the imaging time (from 30 minutes to 20 minutes), and the inprocessing time (from 33-50 minutes to 27 minutes) for a former method on an organism. We strongly believe that our convenience improvement method, and our clinical quantitative analysis data can contribute to the wide application as well as the quality up for the clinical diagnosis to use gamma-ray. (author)

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Computed radiography and MRI evaluation of a novel functional brace for conservative treatment of subcutaneous Achilles tendon rupture

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    A total of 267 patients were conservatively treated using novel functional braces. In 34 patients, we observed healing process of the Achilles tendon in a series of magnetic resonance (MR) and computed radiogram (CR) images. CR images were taken periodically, while MR images were obtained at onset of injury and 3 to 4 weeks, 9 to 10 weeks, and 4 to 5 months after injury. We assessed the morphology of the ruptured tendon section by observing intensity changes in the periodic MR examinations. During early conservative therapy (3 to 4 weeks), dumbbell-shaped tendons were most common. At 9 to 10 weeks (i.e., when the brace was removed), tendon continuity was observed at the rupture site; the average antero-posterior tendon diameter was 8.5 mm. Most areas were of low signal intensity, although some areas of moderate signal intensity remained. The tendons of 22 patients had an hourglass shape, while those of 12 patients were spindle shaped. Four to 5 months after injury (i.e., when patients resumed athletic activity), tendon continuity had further improved, and average antero-posterior tendon diameter had increased to 13.8 mm. The entire tendon displayed uniformly low signal intensity. A brace is a straightforward method of treating Achilles tendon ruptures. Because of difficulties in image interpretation, it seems unlikely that CR will become widely used in the diagnosis and monitoring of tendon rupture. The results indicate that the use of MR imaging on an as-needed basis provides a superior understanding of tendon rupture healing. We conclude that further clinical application of MR imaging is warranted. (author)

  4. 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

  5. Accelerator-based neutron tomography cooperating with X-ray radiography

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    Neutron resonance absorption spectroscopy (N-RAS) using a pulsed neutron source can be applied to time-of-flight (TOF) radiography, and the obtained parameters from the peak shape analysis can be reconstructed as the tomograms of nuclide distributions using computed tomography (CT). The problem is that the available spatial resolution is not sufficient for radiography imaging. In this study, we combined neutron and X-ray radiographies to improve the quantitative reconstruction of the neutron tomogram. The accelerator-based neutron source emits X-rays (or gamma-rays) at the same time the neutron pulse is emitted. We utilized the X-ray beam from the neutron source to obtain X-ray radiogram on the same beam line with neutron radiography and then reconstructed the neutron tomogram quantitatively with the help of a detailed sample internal structure obtained from the X-ray radiogram. We calculated the nuclide number density distribution tomogram using a statistical reconstruction procedure, which was easy to include in the structure model during the reconstruction. The obtained result of nuclide number density distribution showed good coincidence with the original object number density.

  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. 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.

  8. Forensic Analysis of Compromised Computers

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    Wolfe, Thomas

    2004-01-01

    Directory Tree Analysis File Generator is a Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL) script that simplifies and automates the collection of information for forensic analysis of compromised computer systems. During such an analysis, it is sometimes necessary to collect and analyze information about files on a specific directory tree. Directory Tree Analysis File Generator collects information of this type (except information about directories) and writes it to a text file. In particular, the script asks the user for the root of the directory tree to be processed, the name of the output file, and the number of subtree levels to process. The script then processes the directory tree and puts out the aforementioned text file. The format of the text file is designed to enable the submission of the file as input to a spreadsheet program, wherein the forensic analysis is performed. The analysis usually consists of sorting files and examination of such characteristics of files as ownership, time of creation, and time of most recent access, all of which characteristics are among the data included in the text file.

  9. New Radiography Techniques

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    Improving the quality of radiographic images involves several aspects: the X ray source, the device used to obtain the image, the optical array in the process and the image manipulation. We give a brief and general view of these different aspects and new techniques for radiography

  10. 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

  11. X-ray detectors for digital radiography

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    Digital radiography offers the potential of improved image quality as well as providing opportunities for advances in medical image management, computer-aided diagnosis and teleradiology. Image quality is intimately inked to the precise and accurate acquisition of information from the x-ray beam transmitted by the patient, i.e. to the performance of the x-ray detector. Detectors for digital radiography must meet the needs of the specific radiological procedure where they will be used. Key parameters are partial resolution, uniformity of response, contrast sensitivity, dynamic range, acquisition speed and frame rate. The underlying physical considerations defining the performance of x-ray detectors for radiography will be reviewed. Some of the more promising existing and experimental detector technologies which may be suitable for digital radiography will be considered. Devices that can be employed in full-area detectors and also those more appropriate for scanning x-ray systems will be discussed. These include various approaches based on phosphor x-ray converters, where light quanta are produced as an intermediate stage, as well as direct -ray-to-charge conversion materials such as zinc cadmium telluride, amorphous selenium and crystalline silicon. (author)

  12. [Digital radiography--methods and clinical application].

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    Schuler, M; Rath, M; Hahn, D; Rienmüller, R; Lissner, J

    1985-03-01

    The term "Digital Radiography" covers all x-ray techniques which produce a projected image with the help of digital imaging techniques, which are very similar to a conventional x-ray film image. The advantage of "Digital Radiography" is the possibility of digital image processing, like the subtraction technique, the selective material filtering technique and the quantitative image plotting technique. With the equipments now in use, the digital projected image is produced by the line or on an even level. One example of the in-line projected image is the so-called "topogram", produced via computed tomography equipment. With the help of an x-ray video chain, it is possible to produce digital images on an even level. This technique is used, for example, for "digital video subtraction angiography" (DVSA). Today, digital radiography is clinically used only in the "DVSA" and the "topogram" systems. A survey of the clinical use and the improved future possibilities of digital radiography is given, and the special features of the method are discussed. PMID:3886267

  13. 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)

  14. Present state of JRR-3M neutron radiography facility in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute

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    The JRR-3M neutron radiography facility was designed and installed from the new viewpoint considering the results of the research on neutron radiography carried out so far by JAERI and the future trend of utilizing neutron radiography, when JRR-3 was reconstructed. It was completed in January, 1991. The JRR-3M neutron radiography facility is ranked as the top class in the world, by fully utilizing the high performance of JRR-3M. Especially, the high neutron flux of more than 105n/cm2/s and the good n/? ratio enable to acquire clear dynamic images in electron photographing method. This facility comprises the thermal neutron radiography and the cold neutron radiography facilities. The basic course on which the design concept was based is explained. Considering the general utilization, the shielding computation and the aseismatic computation were carried out so that the JRR-3M neutron radiography facility can be used safely. The facility is composed of two photographing rooms for thermal neutron radiography, one photographing room for cold neutron radiography, NR casks, an image processor and a dark room. The characteristics of the JRR-3M neutron radiography facility, the state of its utilization and the trend of research and development hereafter are reported. (K.I.)

  15. Dual energy radiography using a single exposure technique

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    This study presents preliminary results of single exposure dual energy computed radiography using laser stimulable luminescent phosphor imaging plate detectors. The single exposure 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 found to be 85 kVp and 14 mAs. This information for the decomposition is obtained without additional dose to the patient. The ISo-transmission line technique is obtained without additional dose to the patient. The phantom was used to test the quality of the resulting calibration material equivalent images. The quality of the images, although slightly inferior to that of dual exposure techniques, seem acceptable for clinical application

  16. Diagnostic radiography of the shoulder

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    The frequent complaint about 'pain in the shoulder' is so diffuse that it needs exact clinical and differentiated radiographic examination. The diagnosis 'periarthritis humeroscapularis' can only be given after exclusion of ossous, chondral, or capsular lesions, joint disorders, rotator cuff rupture, or constriction of the subacromial space. Subsequent to antero-posterior and axial, sometimes also tangential, radiography, sonographic examination in many cases already yields the significant information. In case of suspected rotator cuff rupture, the diagnosis can be verified by arthrography or NMR imaging, and labrum defects can well be detected by computed arthro-tomography or NMR imaging. Although sometimes laborious, diagnostic radiology yields the information required to select the suitable conservative or surgical treatment. (orig.)

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

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    Ezoddini Ardakani F.

    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.

  18. 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 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 developed country such as the United Kingdo

  19. 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

  20. An overview of digital radiography

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    The medical application of radiography has gained wider study since diagnostic radiology plays a very important role in modern medicine for fast diagnosis and therapy. Digital radiography is a relatively new technology that promises greater accuracy, lesser dose and better manipulation of patient radiology images in hospitals. In this study, a general discussion on digital radiography has been presented. The presentation focuses on the optimisation of doses to patients in the medical application of digital radiography, quality control and quality assurance. A brief presentation on performance indicators in digital radiography has also been presented. The advantages of digital radiography over the conventional film/screen system have been elaborated and its limitations are also outlined. (author)

  1. 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

  2. Research Analysis of Cloud Computing?

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

    2013-01-01

    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...

  3. Constancy tests radiography X-ray devices with CR system

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    The paper presents the changes in QAP (Quality Assurance Program) as consequence of digitalisation of medical facilities. Digitalisation brings many advantages - more comfort for personal use, images are easy achievable and transferable to workstation, fine quality images by postprocessing are easily achievable. But it must be taken into account that due to simplicity of image make it is sometimes taken more images then necessary .There are two possible ways of digitalisation in radiography: to exchange conventional developer machine by Computer Radiography (CR), that means to use CR reader and cassette with phosphor plate - un-direct digitalisation or to use special radiography X-ray devices with flat-panel detector -direct radiography. (authors)

  4. Euratom Neutron Radiography Working Group

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    Domanus, Joseph Czeslaw

    1986-01-01

    In 1979 a Neutron Radiography Working Group (NRWG) was constituted within Buratom with the participation of all centers within the European Community at which neutron facilities were available. The main purpose of NRWG was to standardize methods and procedures used in neutron radiography of nuclear reactor fuel as well as establish standards for radiographic image quality of neutron radiographs. The NRWG meets once a year in each of the neutron radiography centers to review the progress made and...

  5. Boron determination in liver tissue by combining quantitative neutron capture radiography (QNCR) and histological analysis for BNCT treatment planning at the TRIGA Mainz.

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    Schütz, C; Brochhausen, C; Altieri, S; Bartholomew, K; Bortolussi, S; Enzmann, F; Gabel, D; Hampel, G; Kirkpatrick, C J; Kratz, J V; Minouchehr, S; Schmidberger, H; Otto, G

    2011-09-01

    The typical primary malignancies of the liver are hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma, whereas colorectal liver metastases are the most frequently occurring secondary tumors. In many cases, only palliative treatment is possible. Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) represents a technique that potentially destroys tumor tissue selectively by use of externally induced, locally confined secondary particle irradiation. In 2001 and 2003, BNCT was applied to two patients with colorectal liver metastases in Pavia, Italy. To scrutinize the rationale of BNCT, a clinical pilot study on patients with colorectal liver metastases was carried out at the University of Mainz. The distribution of the (10)B carrier (p-borono-phenylalanine) in the liver and its uptake in cancerous and tumor-free tissue were determined, focusing on a potential correlation between the uptake of p-borono-phenylalanine and the biological characteristics of cancerous tissue. Samples were analyzed using quantitative neutron capture radiography of cryosections combined with histological analysis. Methodological aspects of the combination of these techniques and results from four patients enrolled in the study are presented that indicate that the uptake of p-borono-phenylalanine strongly depends on the metabolic activity of cells. PMID:21692653

  6. 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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    Lundberg, M. [Univ. Hospital, Linkoeping (Sweden). Dept. of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (Sweden); Thuomas, K.Aa. [Univ. Hospital, Linkoeping (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology; Messner, K. [Univ. Hospital, Linkoeping (Sweden). Dept. of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (Sweden)

    1997-01-01

    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.).

  7. 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.)

  8. 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 as determined by a lead bar pattern whereas 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. Recommendations for performance parameter levels are discussed. (author)

  9. 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)

  10. Digital radiography - from principles to practical testing

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    Digital radiography is broken down into two branches: storage luminescence technology and digitalization of existing films. The principles of both methods are presented in a short outline. The main advantages of this technology include decay-proof archiving that dispenses with film storage, computerized analysis of images using quantitative assessment standards, and improved display readability as compared to visual analysis. As a neutral authority, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) was charged with making an assessment of digital radiography by means of the approved ROC method. Based on an extensive collection of test pieces, the respective final result of the analysis was compared with the transmission images, i.e. digital data were compared with original films. (orig./MM)

  11. 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.

  12. Radiography room design and radiation protection

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    Shielding solutions of radiography room should be able to meet the relevant requirements of protection, and not too conservative to waste resources. According to the actual of radiography room, introducing the overall design and shielding solutions of 60Co radiography room, 192lr radiography room, and X-ray radiography room; calculating on the thickness of lead door, the walls, and roofs. Introducing radiography room used for radiation protection measures: Introducing radiation protection measures used in radiography room. The results show that the design and shielding solutions, dose limits and safety measures for radiography room content the relevant requirements. (authors)

  13. Preparation and realization of industrial radiography for the non destructive testing of welds in Nuclear Power Plants: A spatial cognition analysis; Analyse de la preparation et de la realisation Des tirs radiographiques pour le controle non destructif des soudures en Centre Nucleaire de Production d'Electricite sous l'angle de la cognition spatiale

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    Lafon, M.; Tonnoir, S.; Thibault, G. [Electricite de France (EDF/RD), Dept. SINETICSEDF, 92 - Clamart (France); Lafon, M.; Berthoz, A. [CNRS College de France, Lab. de Physiologie de la Perception et de l' Action, 75 - Paris (France)

    2008-07-15

    Controls of welds by radiographies are an efficient non destructive technique but it can be dangerous if not managed following a strict set of rules. EDF acts to avoid risks via several ways (adapted tools, best practices) and seeks for an integration of the radiographies with respect to the other maintenance operations, in order to raise the ratio of availability of the electricity production unit. This study explores an original analysis of industrial radiography: the influence of the representations of the workplace and its utilizations. This document supports the utilization of some space constraints as explanations of difficulties in the industrial radiography activity. The document proposes innovative points of view coming for on-site observations and from a theoretical background 'cognitive sciences' completed by technical propositions. (author)

  14. Application of neutron radiography in architecture field

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    Neutron radiography is one of a useful non-destructive methods based upon the fact that the neutron beam is attenuated due to the interaction of neutrons with the nuclei of the atoms in the object materials. With this method, not only the transmission analysis with highly spatial resolution and time resolution, but also monitoring of transport processes of moisture and hydrogenous liquids in porous materials is enabled. This article reviews some researches to apply this technique in architecture field. (author)

  15. Computer program performs flow analysis through turbines

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    Katsanis, T.

    1966-01-01

    Computer program based on an equation for the velocity gradient along an arbitrary quasi- orthogonal analyzes flow through a turbomachine. The program obtains meridional solutions for a hub-to-shroud analysis and blade-to-blade analysis at the hub, mean, and shroud surfaces in a single computer run.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Computational intelligent data analysis for sustainable development

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    Yu, Ting; Simoff, Simeon

    2013-01-01

    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

  19. Patient dose in digital projection radiography

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    In projection radiography, two types of digital imaging systems are currently available, computed radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR): a difference between them can be stated in terms of dose and image quality. In the Radiology Emergency Dept. of our hospital, a flat-panel DR equipment (Siemens Axiom Aristos FX) and two CR systems (Kodak CR-850) are employed. In 2006, five standard radiographic examinations (abdomen, chest, lumbar spine, pelvis, skull) were considered: doses delivered to patients in terms of both entrance skin dose (ESD) and effective dose (E) were calculated and compared in order to study the dosimetric discrepancies between CR and DR. Assessment of image quality is undertaken by Consultant Radiologists to ensure that the quality criteria for diagnostic radiographic images of the European guidelines were met. Results showed that both ESD and E in DR are lower than that in CR; all images met the criteria in the European Guidelines for both modalities and were used for reporting by the radiologists. Since the operators are the same and the image quality is comparable in both modalities, this study shows that in the considered examinations, DR can perform better than CR from a dosimetric point of view. (authors)

  20. Does applying the Canadian Cervical Spine rule reduce cervical spine radiography rates in alert patients with blunt trauma to the neck? A retrospective analysis

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    A cautious outlook towards neck injuries has been the norm to avoid missing cervical spine injuries. Consequently there has been an increased use of cervical spine radiography. The Canadian Cervical Spine rule was proposed to reduce unnecessary use of cervical spine radiography in alert and stable patients. Our aim was to see whether applying the Canadian Cervical Spine rule reduced the need for cervical spine radiography without missing significant cervical spine injuries. This was a retrospective study conducted in 2 hospitals. 114 alert and stable patients who had cervical spine radiographs for suspected neck injuries were included in the study. Data on patient demographics, high risk & low risk factors as per the Canadian Cervical Spine rule and cervical spine radiography results were collected and analysed. 28 patients were included in the high risk category according to the Canadian Cervical Spine rule. 86 patients fell into the low risk category. If the Canadian Cervical Spine rule was applied, there would have been a significant reduction in cervical spine radiographs as 86/114 patients (75.4%) would not have needed cervical spine radiograph. 2/114 patients who had significant cervical spine injuries would have been identified when the Canadian Cervical Spine rule was applied. Applying the Canadian Cervical Spine rule for neck injuries in alert and stable patients would have reduced the use of cervical spine radiographs without missing out significant cervical spine injuries. This relates to reduction in radiation exposure to patients and health care costs

  1. Electronic imaging system for neutron radiography at a low power research reactor

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    This paper describes an electronic imaging system for producing real time neutron radiography from a low power research reactor, which will allow inspections of samples with high efficiency, in terms of measuring time and result analysis. This system has been implanted because of its potential use in various scientific and industrial areas where neutron radiography with photographic film could not be applied. This real time system is installed in neutron radiography facility of Argonauta nuclear research reactor, at the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear of the Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear, in Brazil. It is adequate to perform real time neutron radiography of static and dynamic events of samples.

  2. Direct digital radiography versus storage phosphor radiography in the detection of wrist fractures

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    AIM: To define the value of digital radiography with a clinical flat panel detector system for evaluation of wrist fractures in comparison with state of the art storage phosphor radiography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hard copy images of 26 fractured wrist specimens were acquired with the same exposure dose on a state of the art storage phosphor radiography system and a clinical flat panel detector. Image features like cortical bone surface, trabecular bone, soft tissues and fracture delineation were independently analysed by 4 observers using a standardised protocol. Image quality ratings were evaluated with an analysis of variance (ANOVA). RESULTS: Flat panel detector radiographs were rated superior with respect to cortical and trabecular bone representation as well as fracture evaluation, while storage phosphor radiographs produced better soft tissue detail. CONCLUSION: In some of the observed image quality aspects, the performance of caesium iodide/amorphous silicon flat panel detector exceeds state of the art storage phosphor radiography. This makes it well suited for skeletal imaging particularly in trauma as seen in the detection of wrist fractures. Peer, S. et al. (2002)

  3. Direct digital radiography versus conventional radiography for estimation of canal length in curved canals

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    The purpose of this study was to compare the conventional and digital radiography in the estimation of working length in mandibular molars. Sixty molar teeth were selected and divided into three groups in the basis of canal curves (0-15 degree, 15-30 degree, >30 degree). After the placement of a 15 K-file, radiographs were taken with a conventional film (F-speed) and a digital sensor. Canal lengths were measured in these images by two observers. Statistical analysis was performed with repeated measures of ANOVA and paired sample t-test with 95% confidence. There was a high inter-observer agreement on the measurements of working length in conventional and digital radiographs. There was no significant difference between the mean values of measurements in conventional and digital radiography. Moreover, there was no significant difference between conventional and digital radiography with the actual values in the basis of canal curves. The accuracy of conventional and digital radiography in the determination of the working length was in an acceptable range.

  4. Cluster analysis for computer workload evaluation

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    Landau, K

    1976-01-01

    An introduction to computer workload analysis is given, showing its range of application in computer centre management, system and application programming. Cluster methods are discussed which can be used in conjunction with workload data and cluster algorithms are adapted to the specific set problem. Several samples of CDC 7600- accounting-data-collected at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research-underwent a cluster analysis to determine job groups. The conclusions from resource usage of typical job groups in relation to computer workload analysis are discussed. (17 refs).

  5. 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.

  6. Improvements relating to radiography

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    An improved combination of photosensitive materials suitable for use in radiography is described, with particular reference to a combination for an X-ray intensifying screen of the fluorescent type and a silver halide recorder. The intensifying material comprises a phosphor consisting wholly or mainly of a rare earth metal activated lanthanum oxyhalide, having more than half its spectral energy emission > 410 nm wavelength, more than half its visible light spectral energy emission in the range 400 to 500 nm, and its maximum energy emission peak in the range 400 to 450 nm. The phosphor should have a coverage of at least 200 to 800 g of the oxyhalide per sq. m. The screen material also contains a dye or pigment that absorbs light within the emission spectrum of the phosphor. The photosensitive recording material incorporates at least one silver halide emulsion layer. The combination should give a screen intensification factor of at least 20 to 40 kV. (U.K.)

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Applied time series analysis and innovative computing

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    2010-01-01

    This text is a systematic, state-of-the-art introduction to the use of innovative computing paradigms as an investigative tool for applications in time series analysis. It includes frontier case studies based on recent research.

  10. Beam characterization at the Neutron Radiography Reactor

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    Highlights: • The project characterized the beam at the Neutron Radiography Reactor. • Experiments indicate that the neutron energy spectrum model may not be accurate. • The facility is a category I radiography facility. • The beam divergence and effective collimation ratio are 0.3 ± 0.1° and >125. • The predicted total neutron flux at the image plane is 5.54 × 106 n/cm2 s. -- Abstract: 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, potential image quality, and beam divergence, is vital for producing quality radiographic images. This paper provides a characterization of 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 potential 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. The NRAD has an effective collimation ratio greater than 125, a beam divergence of 0.3 ± 0.1°, and a gold foil cadmium ratio of 2.7. The flux profile has been quantified and the facility is an ASTM Category 1 radiographic facility. Based on bare and cadmium covered foil activation results, the neutron energy spectrum used in the current MCNP model of the radiography beamline over-samples the thermal region of the neutron energy spectrum

  11. Radiation safety for industrial radiography

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    For many years, x-rays and gamma radiography have successfully been used in the field of non-destructive testing (NDT). Their capability of penetrating heavy materials has made them very useful in detection of discontinuities or defects in engineering systems or components. Since the first radiograph was shot in 1895 by Roentgen, a large number of people have become involved with radiography the world over. All forms of ionizing radiation are extremely harmful to living tissues. This means that the properties of ionizing radiation, which make radiography such a valuable industrial tool, also make it potentially injurious to human body. It is for this reason radiography should not be performed by unqualified personnel or with improper equipment or facilities. This book presents information necessary for protection against radiation hazard. It will hopefully assist radiographers in gaining knowledge regarding various aspects of radiation, its effect to human lives and procedures to be followed to minimize the risk of over-exposure. (Authors)

  12. 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

  13. On computational tools for Bayesian data analysis

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    Robert, Christian p.; Marin, Jean-michel

    2010-01-01

    While Robert and Rousseau (2010) addressed the foundational aspects of Bayesian analysis, the current chapter details its practical aspects through a review of the computational methods available for approximating Bayesian procedures. Recent innovations like Monte Carlo Markov chain, sequential Monte Carlo methods and more recently Approximate Bayesian Computation techniques have considerably increased the potential for Bayesian applications and they have also opened new ave...

  14. Adjustment computations spatial data analysis

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    Ghilani, Charles D

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

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    Lee, Wan; Lee, Byung Do [Wonkwang University College of Medicine, Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-03-15

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Image quality and exposure dose in digital projection radiography

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    Purpose: Comparison of the imaging capabilities of storage phosphor (computed) radiography and flat plate radiography with conventional film-screen radiography to find new strategies for quality and dose management, i.e., optimizing imaging quality and dose depending on the imaging method and clinical situation. Materials and Methods: Images of a CDRAD-phantom, hand-phantom, abdomen-phantom and chest-phantom obtained with different exposure voltages (50 kV, 73 kV, 109 kV) and different speeds (200, 400, 800, 1600) were processed with various digital systems (flat plate detector: Digital Diagnost [Philips]; storage phosphors: ADC-70 [Agfa], ADC-Solo [Agfa], FCR XG 1 [Fuji]) and a conventional film-screen system (HT100G/Ortho Regular [Agfa]). Results: The evaluation of CDRAD images found the flat plate detector system to have the highest contrast detectability for all dose levels, followed by the FCR XG 1, ADC-Solo and ADC-70 systems. Comparison of the organ-phantom images found the flat plate detector system to be equal to film-screen radiography and especially to storage phosphor systems even for low exposure doses. Conclusions: Flat plate radiography systems demonstrate the highest potential for high image quality when reducing the exposure dose. Depending on the system generation, the storage phosphor systems also show an improved image quality, but the possibility of a dose reduction is limited in comparison with the flat plate detector system. (orig.)

  20. Statistical energy analysis computer program, user's guide

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    Trudell, R. W.; Yano, L. I.

    1981-01-01

    A high frequency random vibration analysis, (statistical energy analysis (SEA) method) is examined. The SEA method accomplishes high frequency prediction of arbitrary structural configurations. A general SEA computer program is described. A summary of SEA theory, example problems of SEA program application, and complete program listing are presented.

  1. Comparative Analysis Of Cloud Computing Security Issues

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    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.

  2. Analysis by synchrotron X-ray radiography of convection effects on the dynamic evolution of the solid-liquid interface and on solute distribution during the initial transient of solidification

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    In situ monitoring of the initial transient of directional solidification was carried out by means of synchrotron X-ray radiography. Experiments with Al-4 wt.% Cu alloy samples were performed on beamline ID19 of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in a dedicated Bridgman-type furnace. X-ray radiography enabled a detailed analysis of the evolution over time of the solid-liquid interface macroscopic shape in interaction with convection in the melt. Lateral solute segregation induced by fluid flow resulted in a significant deformation of the solid-liquid interface. The time-dependent velocity of the solidification front was determined at different abscissa values along the curved interface during the solidification process, from the growth phase with a smooth interface to the onset of morphological instability. Further, using a novel quantitative image analysis technique we were able to measure longitudinal solute profiles in the melt during the initial transient. Solutal length was then deduced as well as concentration in the melt, both at the interface and far away from it. The influence of convection on growth velocity and the characteristic parameters of the solute boundary layer are discussed, and a comparison with the Warren and Langer model is also presented.

  3. Conference “Computational Analysis and Optimization” (CAO 2011)

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    Tiihonen, Timo; Tuovinen, Tero; Numerical Methods for Differential Equations, Optimization, and Technological Problems : Dedicated to Professor P. Neittaanmäki on His 60th Birthday

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    This book contains the results in numerical analysis and optimization presented at the ECCOMAS thematic conference “Computational Analysis and Optimization” (CAO 2011) held in Jyväskylä, Finland, June 9–11, 2011. Both the conference and this volume are dedicated to Professor Pekka Neittaanmäki on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. It consists of five parts that are closely related to his scientific activities and interests: Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Problems; Reliable Methods for Computer Simulation; Analysis of Noised and Uncertain Data; Optimization Methods; Mathematical Models Generated by Modern Technological Problems. The book also includes a short biography of Professor Neittaanmäki.

  4. Radiation dose reduction in direct digital panoramic radiography

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    Objectives: (a) To measure the absorbed radiation doses at 16 anatomical sites of a Rando phantom and (b) to calculate the effective doses including and excluding the salivary gland doses in panoramic radiography using a conventional and a digital panoramic device. Study design: Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD-100) were placed at 16 sites in a Rando phantom, using a conventional, Planmeca Promax and a digital, Planmeca PM2002CC Proline 2000 (Planmeca Oy, 00880 Helsinki, Finland) panoramic device for panoramic radiography. During conventional radiography the selected exposure settings were 66 kVp, 6 mA and 16 s, while during digital radiography two combinations were selected 60 kVp, 4 mA, 18 s and 66 kVp, 8 mA, 18 s with and without image processing function. The dosimeters were annealed in a PTW-TLDO Harshaw oven. TLD energy response was studied using RQN beam narrow series at GAEC's Secondary Standard Calibration Laboratory. The reader used was a Harshaw, 4500. Effective dose was estimated according to ICRP60 report (EICRP60). An additional estimation of the effective dose was accomplished including the doses of the salivary glands (ESAL). A Wilcoxon signed ranks test was used for statistical analysis. Results: The effective dose, according to ICRP report (EICRP60) in conventional panoramic radiography was 17 ?Sv and ESAL was 26 ?Sv. The respective values in digital panoramic radiography were EICRP60 = 23 ?Sv and ESAL = 38 ?Sv; while using the lowest possible radiographic settings EICRP60 was 8 ?Sv and ESAL was 12 ?Sv. Conclusions: The effective dose reduction in digital panoramic radiography can be achieved, if the lowest possible radiographic settings are used.

  5. 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 show both nucleate boiling and film boiling. (Auth.)

  6. Piping stress analysis program for personal computers

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    Many piping stress analysis programs exist at present since they were recognized widely by people as the analysis software for versatile computers in the latter half of 1960s. In the aspect of function, they have become the total software including stress evaluation now. By the recent conspicuous improvement of computer performance, personal computers can do the analysis of problems that in the past, only large computers can analyze. As one of the typical examples, AUTOPIPE is described. AUTOPIPE is the program exclusively used for analyzing and evaluating the piping system subjected to operational load and external load. This software was developed aiming at making a software package that the engineers who carry out the piping design for various uses can use routinely. The program is roughly divided into four patterns, that is, GEOMETRY, ANALYSIS, POST and UTILITY. AUTOPIPE analyzes piping structure systems in conformity with the technique using stress factors stipulated in the piping codes of ANSI, ASME and others. AUTOPIPE is largely different from conventional computer software, as it is designed to be operated very easily by using the interactive processing capability and graphic function of personal computers. The processing capability, a number of the software of this kind, and AUTOPIPE family software are described. (Kako, I.)

  7. Accelerated H-LBP-based edge extraction method for digital radiography

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    Qiao, Shuang; Zhao, Chen-yi; Huang, Ji-peng; Sun, Jia-ning

    2015-01-01

    With the goal of achieving real time and efficient edge extraction for digital radiography, an accelerated H-LBP-based edge extraction method (AH-LBP) is presented in this paper by improving the existing framework of local binary pattern with the H function (H-LBP). Since the proposed method avoids computationally expensive operations with no loss of quality, it possesses much lower computational complexity than H-LBP. Experimental results on real radiographies show desirable performance of our method.

  8. Radiography with heavy particles

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    The failure of x-ray diagnostic techniques to accurately detect tumors and other regions of abnormal density in soft tissue has been, for many years, a significant shortcoming of this important technique in medicine. Accelerated heavy particles with plastics for track detection can be used to record small differences in density in soft tissues which may correspond to biological structures and abnormalities. In heavy-particle radiography (HPR), plastic detectors are well suited for recording images since their threshold nature makes them insensitive to spurious low-LET radiations and light secondaries. Sources of error which limit the resolution of HPR are inversely dependent on the atomic mass number (A) of the incident particle. Range straggling, responsible for loss of depth resolution, is proportional to A-05 while multiple scattering which degrades lateral resolution is approximately proportional to A-0.395. Recent experiments showing calcification in human blood vessels and soft tissue features in rats underline the potential of HPR as a diagnostic tool. High-resolution, three-dimensional reconstructions are possible using multiple layer plastic detectors and the short exposure time produces blur-free radiographs of specimens whose internal structure may be in motion. (auth)

  9. Image analysis in biomedical radiography

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    Sklansky, J.; Sankar, P.V. (California Univ., Irvine (USA))

    1984-06-01

    Some of the recent advances in the application of pattern recognition to X-ray images are described. The main topics in the biomedical system of pattern recognition are enhancement, detection, measurement, visualization and reporting.

  10. Image analysis in biomedical radiography

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    Some of the recent advances in the application of pattern recognition to X-ray images are described. The main topics in the biomedical system of pattern recognition are enhancement, detection, measurement, visualization and reporting

  11. 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.

  12. Digital Radiography in Kenya today

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    Its nearly one year and a half since digital imaging/radiography was introduced in Kenya mainly in Nairobi. the technology is becoming an increasingly effective and acceptable modality of producing radiographs from the traditional conventional radiography in use to date. the digital radiography offers numerous advantages that have been noted for the short period over the conventional way. For instance radiographs are produced in real time (less than 3 minutes), by so doing the technology has eliminated the wait for the processing period. the radiation exposure to the patient under the radiological examination is reduced as much as 90% from the traditional conventional film taking. The cost, labour and record-keeping necessary to maintain a chemical processor and darkroom operations are as well eliminated. The cost of purchasing and disposing of film wastes/darkroom processing chemicals, which are environmentally hazardous, also become unnecessary.digital radiography technology makes the digital images comparable to other images on the screen at that instant making both the patient and the clinician easily access images when needed. digital receptors have also replaced the cassette containing intensifying screens and film that is used in conventional radiography

  13. 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

  14. Computer analysis of face beauty: a survey

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    Laurentini, Aldo; Bottino, Andrea Giuseppe

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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...

  15. 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

  16. Neutron radiography facility on the LWR-15 research reactor

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    Neutron radiography is imaging method used indirectly ionizing radiation. Its utilization is analogous to X-ray radiography but here there is significantly other sensitivity to different elements, it aims primarily for study of light elements in samples. Neutron source for neutron radiography is usually a research reactor. From 2011, new neutron radiography facility on the LVR-15 research reactor is developed with completion in 2015. The LVR-15 reactor is a light water moderated and cooled tank-type nuclear research reactor. It is situated in Research Centre .e. Ltd., in .e. near Prague. The nominal reactor thermal power is 10 MW and it is operated as a multipurpose facility. It offers services in many fields: material research, production of radioisotopes for medical and industrial purposes, irradiation of silicon single crystals, neutron activation analysis, boron neutron capture therapy, neutron diffraction etc. The developed facility contains two radiography systems, which use two thermal neutron horizontal beams labelled as HK1 and HK3. Systems differ with dimensions of measured objects and space resolution. On HK1 larger samples can be studied on area with diameter of 10 cm and resolution of 100 ?m. HK3 channel (microradiography) is assigned for small areas of a few cm2 and resolution is a few ?m. Pixel imaging detectors with high resolution are used for detection of thermal neutrons. In addition to classical 2D imaging, both systems will be able to do 3D imaging (neutron tomography) using positional equipment for sample rotation. (authors)

  17. 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.

  18. Computer-assisted analysis in organic synthesis.

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    Corey, E J; Long, A K; Rubenstein, S D

    1985-04-26

    The planning of alternative routes for the synthesis of complex organic molecules has been facilitated by the formulation of guiding strategies that can be applied to a broad range of problems. Analysis of organic synthesis can be carried out in the retrosynthetic direction, opposite to the actual process of chemical synthesis, or bidirectionally, that is, as a combined retrosynthetic and synthetic search. An interactive computer program is described which utilizes the general strategies of retrosynthetic analysis and an appropriate database to generate pathways of chemical intermediates for chemical synthesis of a particular target structure. Computer graphics and standard chemical structures are used for man-machine communication. PMID:3838594

  19. Study of pipe thickness loss using a neutron radiography method

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    Mohamed, Abdul Aziz; Wahab, Aliff Amiru Bin [Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Jalan IKRAM-UNITEN, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Yazid, Hafizal B.; Ahmad, Megat Harun Al Rashid B. Megat; Jamro, Rafhayudi B.; Azman, Azraf B.; Zin, Muhamad Rawi Md; Idris, Faridah Mohamad [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2014-02-12

    The purpose of this preliminary work is to study for thickness changes in objects using neutron radiography. In doing the project, the technique for the radiography was studied. The experiment was done at NUR-2 facility at TRIGA research reactor in Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Malaysia. Test samples of varying materials were used in this project. The samples were radiographed using direct technique. Radiographic images were recorded using Nitrocellulose film. The films obtained were digitized to processed and analyzed. Digital processing is done on the images using software Isee!. The images were processed to produce better image for analysis. The thickness changes in the image were measured to be compared with real thickness of the objects. From the data collected, percentages difference between measured and real thickness are below than 2%. This is considerably very low variation from original values. Therefore, verifying the neutron radiography technique used in this project.

  20. Study of pipe thickness loss using a neutron radiography method

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    The purpose of this preliminary work is to study for thickness changes in objects using neutron radiography. In doing the project, the technique for the radiography was studied. The experiment was done at NUR-2 facility at TRIGA research reactor in Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Malaysia. Test samples of varying materials were used in this project. The samples were radiographed using direct technique. Radiographic images were recorded using Nitrocellulose film. The films obtained were digitized to processed and analyzed. Digital processing is done on the images using software Isee!. The images were processed to produce better image for analysis. The thickness changes in the image were measured to be compared with real thickness of the objects. From the data collected, percentages difference between measured and real thickness are below than 2%. This is considerably very low variation from original values. Therefore, verifying the neutron radiography technique used in this project

  1. Study of pipe thickness loss using a neutron radiography method

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    Mohamed, Abdul Aziz; Wahab, Aliff Amiru Bin; Yazid, Hafizal B.; Ahmad, Megat Harun Al Rashid B. Megat; Jamro, Rafhayudi B.; Azman, Azraf B.; Zin, Muhamad Rawi Md; Idris, Faridah Mohamad

    2014-02-01

    The purpose of this preliminary work is to study for thickness changes in objects using neutron radiography. In doing the project, the technique for the radiography was studied. The experiment was done at NUR-2 facility at TRIGA research reactor in Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Malaysia. Test samples of varying materials were used in this project. The samples were radiographed using direct technique. Radiographic images were recorded using Nitrocellulose film. The films obtained were digitized to processed and analyzed. Digital processing is done on the images using software Isee!. The images were processed to produce better image for analysis. The thickness changes in the image were measured to be compared with real thickness of the objects. From the data collected, percentages difference between measured and real thickness are below than 2%. This is considerably very low variation from original values. Therefore, verifying the neutron radiography technique used in this project.

  2. Storage phosphor radiography in the detection of trabecular bone lesions

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    The detection of trabecular bone lesions is a critical imaging task in skeletal radiography. The authors of this paper document the equivalence of digital storage phosphor radiography (SR) to film-screen radiography (FR) and to evaluate the impact of unsharp mask filtering for this type of lesion. FR images (G-film/Lanex medium screen, Kodak) were compared with isodose SR images (2K x 2K x 10 bit) presented in one unfiltered and five-edge-enhanced modes in the detection of 50 simulated trabecular defects (3- 10-mm diameter) in 100 excised femoral segments (heads or condyles). Three modes enhanced high, medium, and low spatial frequencies (kernal length, 1.5, 5, and 15 mm) with a constant enhancement factor of 4. For the two remaining modes, the enhancement factors (kernel length, 15 mm) were reduced to 0.5 and 1.5. Receiver operating characteristics analysis was performed on 5,600 observations by seven readers

  3. Magnifying lens for 800 MeV proton radiography

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    Merrill, F. E.; Campos, E.; Espinoza, C.; Hogan, G.; Hollander, B.; Lopez, J.; Mariam, F. G.; Morley, D.; Morris, C. L.; Murray, M.; Saunders, A.; Schwartz, C.; Thompson, T. N. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 (United States)

    2011-10-15

    This article describes the design and performance of a magnifying magnetic-lens system designed, built, and commissioned at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for 800 MeV flash proton radiography. The technique of flash proton radiography has been developed at LANL to study material properties under dynamic loading conditions through the analysis of time sequences of proton radiographs. The requirements of this growing experimental program have resulted in the need for improvements in spatial radiographic resolution. To meet these needs, a new magnetic lens system, consisting of four permanent magnet quadrupoles, has been developed. This new lens system was designed to reduce the second order chromatic aberrations, the dominant source of image blur in 800 MeV proton radiography, as well as magnifying the image to reduce the blur contribution from the detector and camera systems. The recently commissioned lens system performed as designed, providing nearly a factor of three improvement in radiographic resolution.

  4. Computer analysis of ESR spectra

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    Author. Isotropic ESR spectra often display complicated patterns which are difficult to analyze for their hyperfine splitting constants (HSC). To simplify the analysis, we have written a program suitable for PC's for sufficiently iterating simulations of isotropic ESR spectra and determining the simulation which fits the experimental spectra. Chapter one gives a brief introduction to the theory of electron spin resonance (ESR). In chapter two the main concepts of the program are presented. Auto simulate is the main algorithm. It calculates the entire field of valid simulations to ensure that the solution set contains all parameter combinations which produce satisfactory spectra. Auto simulate requires prior knowledge of the HSCs and other parameters needed for the simulation such as the line width, the spectrum width, and the number of magnetic nuclei. Proton Coupling Constant Extraction (PCCE) and autocorrelation are two methods complementing each other to determine the HSCs. Another iterative method based on a systematic application of Monte Carlo method can be applied to generate more accurate values of the line width. In chapter three, the spectra of Naphthalene, Tetracene, Indigo, Ox-indigo semi quinone, thio-indigo and 2,2'-dipyridyl-Na complex free radicals are analyzed. The results are compared to the literature value, good agreement is obtained for different resolution and noise to signal ratios. In the last chapter a print out of the program is presented. The programming language used is Microsoft QuickBASIC version 7.1

  5. Planar channeling observed by radiography

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    Radiographies of crystals by means of channeled particles exhibit channeling patterns. The origin of these patterns is studied, The role played by planar channeling is demonstrated. It is shown that these patterns are local amplifications of the process generating the images of a crystal on the radiography. It is deduced that planar channeling plays a determining role in the formation of these images. An orientation chamber using transmitted planar channels is described. The orientation of very small grains in a polycrystal can be very easily obtained, (author)

  6. Use of radiography in archaeology

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    Full text : Radiography is a versatile technique with many applications to archaeological and art historical artefacts. It can be used to assess the condition of objects before conservation treatment, to gain insight into materials used and methods of construction and to reveal the secrets of the embalmers art, hidden within mummified remains. X-ray radiography is an invaluable investigative technique that is non-destructive, quick and cost effective. The study described below covers the investigations of the archaeological artefacts in order to determine their corrosion conditions and production histories which are important for restoration, conservation, replica, dating and inventory works

  7. Analysis of computer and communication networks

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    2008-01-01

    ""Analysis of Computer and Communication Networks"" provides the basic techniques for modeling and analyzing two of the fundamental components of high performance networks: switching equipment, and software employed at the end nodes and intermediate switches. The book also reviews the design options used to build efficient switching equipment. Topics covered include Markov chains and queuing analysis, traffic modeling, interconnection networks, and switch architectures and buffering strategies. This book covers the mathematical theory and techniques necessary for analyzing telecommunication sy

  8. Computational analysis for the COMPASS machine

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    Four topics in which computational methods have contributed to the design of the COMPASS toroidal tokamak/pinch machine are outlined. The main areas are: (a) Structural analysis of a novel butt joint in a toroidal field coil (b) Structural analysis of two thin walled toroidal vacuum vessesl (c) Control system stability using the Nyquist criterion (d) Circuit and plasma simulation during reverse field pinch operation. (author)

  9. 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)

  10. Neutron Radiography Visualization of Solid Particles in Stirring Liquid Metal

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    Sarma, M.; Š?epanskis, M.; Jakovi?s, A.; Thomsen, K.; Nikoluškins, R.; Vontobel, P.; Beinerts, T.; Bojarevi?s, A.; Platacis, E.

    This paper presents the analysis of the first dynamic neutron radiography experiment that visualized motion of solid particles in liquid metal, which was stirred by a system of four counter-rotating magnets. The paper also contains the quantitative results derived from neutron images: the distribution of particle concentration, number of admixed particles and velocities as functions of the magnet rotation speed.

  11. ANALYSIS OF COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS PLANNING TECHNIQUES

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    Full Text Available Computer Aided Process Planning ( CAPP has been recognized as playing a key role in Computer Integrated Manufacturing ( CIM . It was used as a bridge to link CAD with CAM systems, in order to give the possibility of full integration in agreement with computer engineering to introduce CIM. The benefits of CAPP in the real industrial environment are still to be achieved. Due to different manufacturing applications, many different CAPP systems have been developed. The development of CAPP techniques needs to a summarized classification and a descriptive analysis. This paper presents the most important and famous techniques for the available CAPP systems, which are based on the variant, generative or semi-generative methods, and a descriptive analysis of their application possibilities.

  12. Computer based terrain analysis for operational planning

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    Powell, D.R.

    1987-01-01

    Analysis of operational capability is an ongoing task for military commanders. In peacetime, most analysis is conducted via computer based combat simulations, where selected force structures engage in simulated combat to gain insight into specific scenarios. The command and control (C/sup 2/) mechanisms that direct combat forces are often neglected relative to the fidelity of representation of mechanical and physical entities. C/sup 2/ capabilities should include the ability to plan a mission, monitor execution activities, and redirect combat power when appropriate. This paper discusses the development of a computer based approach to mission planning for land warfare. The aspect emphasized is the computation and representation of relevant terrain features in the context of operational planning.

  13. Bayesian computational algorithms for social network analysis

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    2015-01-01

    In this chapter we review some of the most recent computational advances in the rapidly expanding field of statistical social network analysis using the R open-source software. In particular we will focus on Bayesian estimation for two important families of models: exponential random graph models (ERGMs) and latent space models (LSMs).

  14. 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

  15. 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)

  16. Linear regression analysis theory and computing

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    Yan, Xin

    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

  17. Detector optimization for equalized dual-energy chest radiography

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    The authors are investigating the application of x-ray beam equalizers to dual-energy digital chest radiography. The beam equalizers force more x-ray flux through the dense patient regions and thereby result in an improved signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) in the mediastinum. The authors' present paper is optimizing the specialized dual-energy detector and equalizer response for improved mediastinal S/N while maintaining good lung S/N. The authors used a Philips computed radiography photostimulable phosphor detector, an AMBER (Oldelft) beam equalizer, and a Pixar/Sun image computer arrangement. A variable compensation (VC) technique we previously developed was used to eliminate shading artifacts in the equalized dual-energy images. We used a computer spectral simulation program to optimize beam filtration and kVp for maximum S/N with the equalization and VC techniques. A correlated noise reduction technique was further used to improve S/N

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

  20. Abdomen X-Ray (Radiography)

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    X-ray (Radiography) - Abdomen Abdominal x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures ... of an abdominal x-ray? What is abdominal x-ray? An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical ...

  1. Developments in high resolution radiography

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    Critical aspects in the design of metal-ceramic X-ray tubes for high resolution radiography are presented. The performance of an X-ray system in which the focalspot can be varied from 0.5mm to 0.05mm is discussed as well as number of studies, which includes an assessment of the value of electronic image enhancement

  2. Image quality in digital radiography

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    The contribution deals with the potentials of digital radiography and critically evaluates the advantages of drawbacks of the image intensifier-tv-digital system; digitalisation of the X-ray film and scanning of luminescent storage foils. The evaluation is done in comparison with the image quality of the traditional, large-size X-ray picture. (orig.)

  3. Bone X-Ray (Radiography)

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  4. Recovering Root System Traits Using Image Analysis Exemplified by Two-Dimensional Neutron Radiography Images of Lupine1[C][W][OPEN

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    Leitner, Daniel; Felderer, Bernd; Vontobel, Peter; Schnepf, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Root system traits are important in view of current challenges such as sustainable crop production with reduced fertilizer input or in resource-limited environments. We present a novel approach for recovering root architectural parameters based on image-analysis techniques. It is based on a graph representation of the segmented and skeletonized image of the root system, where individual roots are tracked in a fully automated way. Using a dynamic root architecture model for deciding whether a specific path in the graph is likely to represent a root helps to distinguish root overlaps from branches and favors the analysis of root development over a sequence of images. After the root tracking step, global traits such as topological characteristics as well as root architectural parameters are computed. Analysis of neutron radiographic root system images of lupine (Lupinus albus) grown in mesocosms filled with sandy soil results in a set of root architectural parameters. They are used to simulate the dynamic development of the root system and to compute the corresponding root length densities in the mesocosm. The graph representation of the root system provides global information about connectivity inside the graph. The underlying root growth model helps to determine which path inside the graph is most likely for a given root. This facilitates the systematic investigation of root architectural traits, in particular with respect to the parameterization of dynamic root architecture models. PMID:24218493

  5. Analysis and synthesis of computer systems

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    2010-01-01

    ""Analysis and Synthesis of Computer Systems"" presents a broad overview of methods that are used to evaluate the performance of computer systems and networks, manufacturing systems, and interconnected services systems. Aside from a highly readable style that rigorously addresses all subjects, this second edition includes new chapters on numerical methods for queueing models and on G-networks, the latter being a new area of queuing theory that one of the authors has pioneered. This book will have a broad appeal to students, practitioners and researchers in several different areas, including pr

  6. Computer-aided power systems analysis

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    Kusic, George

    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

  7. Network capacity analysis for latent attractor computation.

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    Doboli, Simona; Minai, Ali A

    2003-05-01

    Attractor networks have been one of the most successful paradigms in neural computation, and have been used as models of computation in the nervous system. Recently, we proposed a paradigm called 'latent attractors' where attractors embedded in a recurrent network via Hebbian learning are used to channel network response to external input rather than becoming manifest themselves. This allows the network to generate context-sensitive internal codes in complex situations. Latent attractors are particularly helpful in explaining computations within the hippocampus--a brain region of fundamental significance for memory and spatial learning. Latent attractor networks are a special case of associative memory networks. The model studied here consists of a two-layer recurrent network with attractors stored in the recurrent connections using a clipped Hebbian learning rule. The firing in both layers is competitive--K winners take all firing. The number of neurons allowed to fire, K, is smaller than the size of the active set of the stored attractors. The performance of latent attractor networks depends on the number of such attractors that a network can sustain. In this paper, we use signal-to-noise methods developed for standard associative memory networks to do a theoretical and computational analysis of the capacity and dynamics of latent attractor networks. This is an important first step in making latent attractors a viable tool in the repertoire of neural computation. The method developed here leads to numerical estimates of capacity limits and dynamics of latent attractor networks. The technique represents a general approach to analyse standard associative memory networks with competitive firing. The theoretical analysis is based on estimates of the dendritic sum distributions using Gaussian approximation. Because of the competitive firing property, the capacity results are estimated only numerically by iteratively computing the probability of erroneous firings. The analysis contains two cases: the simple case analysis which accounts for the correlations between weights due to shared patterns and the detailed case analysis which includes also the temporal correlations between the network's present and previous state. The latter case predicts better the dynamics of the network state for non-zero initial spurious firing. The theoretical analysis also shows the influence of the main parameters of the model on the storage capacity. PMID:12790185

  8. Further developments and applications of radiography and tomography with thermal and cold neutrons

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    Kardjilov, Nikolay

    2007-01-01

    In the current study various new experimental methods and computation procedures in the field of neutron radiography and tomography are presented. These methods have a significant technical importance in the non-destructive material investigations. Different techniques for a contrast enhancement, contrast variations and an increase of the image sharpness were developed. In a beam geometry with a high lateral coherency of the neutron waves for the first time phase contrast radiography experime...

  9. 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.

    2015-03-01

    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.

  10. A preliminary investigation of the imaging performance of photostimulable phosphor computed radiography using a new design of mammographic quality control test object

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    Leeds Test Object TOR[MAM] has been designed to supplement the current FAXIL mammography test object TOR[MAX]. It contains a range of details that have a more natural radiographic appearance and has been designed as a test that more closely approximates the image quality achieved in clinical mammography. Physical aspects of the design and implementation of TOR[MAM] are presented. The TOR[MAM] has been used in a preliminary physical evaluation of the comparative image qualities produced by conventional (screen-film) and phostostimulable phosphor computed mammography and the results are discussed. TOR[MAX] results are also presented. The influence of digital image processing (enhancement) on the image quality of computed mammograms is also considered. The results presented indicate the sensitivity of TOR[MAM]. (author)

  11. 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)

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

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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 106 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Nuclear track radiography of 'hot' aerosol particles

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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...

  18. A Computational Analysis of Collective Discourse

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    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...

  19. Computation of Regularized Linear Discriminant Analysis.

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    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

  20. Computational approaches in gravitational wave data analysis

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    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.

  1. 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)

  2. Computer analysis of Sprouts with nimbers

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    2010-01-01

    Sprouts is a two-player topological game, invented in 1967 in the University of Cambridge by John Conway and Michael Paterson. The game starts with p spots, and ends in at most 3p-1 moves. The first player who cannot play loses. The complexity of the p-spot game is very high, so that the best hand-checked proof only shows who the winner is for the 7-spot game, and the best previous computer analysis reached p=11. We have written a computer program, using mainly two new ideas. The nimber (also known as Sprague-Grundy number) allows us to compute separately independent subgames; and when the exploration of a part of the game tree seems to be too difficult, we can manually force the program to search elsewhere. Thanks to these improvements, we reached up to p=32. The outcome of the 33-spot game is still unknown, but the biggest computed value is the 47-spot game ! All the computed values support the Sprouts conjecture: the first player has a winning strategy if and only if p is 3, 4 or 5 modulo 6. We have also u...

  3. IMAGING DIAGNOSIS--USE OF RADIOGRAPHY AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF A MINERALIZED YOLK SAC IN A BROWN KIWI (APTERYX MANTELLI).

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    Wightman, Paul; Cohen, Eli B; Hunter, Stuart; Gartrell, Brett

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    A 12-day-old Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) was presented with anorexia, torticollis, head-tilt, and coelomic distension. Radiographs showed an ill-defined, fat-opaque, coelomic mass displacing viscera craniodorsally. Curvilinear mineral opacities were superimposed over the ventral aspect of the mass. Computed tomography demonstrated the presence of mineral within the periphery of a fat attenuating mass consistent with a retained yolk sac. A deutectomy (yolk sac excision) was performed. Histopathology of the excised tissue confirmed the diagnosis of a retained yolk sac with multifocal mineralization. PMID:25199884

  4. 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)

  5. The diagnosis of lameness associated with distal limb pathology in a horse: a comparison of radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    A cadaver limb from an eight-year-old horse with right forelimb lameness that was relieved with an intra-articular distal interphalangeal joint block was imaged with radiographs, spiral computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Spiral CT demonstrated several lucencies within the deep digital flexor tendon immediately proximal to the navicular bone. On MRI these areas had increased signal and there was enlargement of the tendon at this site. Effusion in the proximal interphalangeal joint and navicular bursa and thinning of the fibrocartilage of the navicular bone were also observed on MRI images. These changes were not detected on radiographs. Histopathology confirmed that there were focal areas of collagen necrosis within the deep digital flexor tendon with thinning and degenerative changes in the fibrocartilage of the navicular bone

  6. 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 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

  7. 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

  8. Radiation protection in dental radiography

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    The text passages of the Radiation Protection Ordinance and the relevant regulations that are of significance to dental radiography are presented in the book and are extensively discussed, so that many a practical advice can be found, and information on applicability in practice. The information given on the radiation exposure as a result of natural background radiation and in particular as a result of dental radiography is presented in a way suitable for passing on this information to patients who nowadays ask for better and more information prior to treatment. General protective measures and structural measures are discussed along with the means available for protecting the patient and the personnel. An annex lists the addresses of authorities having competence in this subject field and hence may be consulted. (orig./HP)

  9. System for uncollimated digital radiography

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    Wang, Han; Hall, James M.; McCarrick, James F.; Tang, Vincent

    2015-08-11

    The inversion algorithm based on the maximum entropy method (MEM) removes unwanted effects in high energy imaging resulting from an uncollimated source interacting with a finitely thick scintillator. The algorithm takes as input the image from the thick scintillator (TS) and the radiography setup geometry. The algorithm then outputs a restored image which appears as if taken with an infinitesimally thin scintillator (ITS). Inversion is accomplished by numerically generating a probabilistic model relating the ITS image to the TS image and then inverting this model on the TS image through MEM. This reconstruction technique can reduce the exposure time or the required source intensity without undesirable object blurring on the image by allowing the use of both thicker scintillators with higher efficiencies and closer source-to-detector distances to maximize incident radiation flux. The technique is applicable in radiographic applications including fast neutron, high-energy gamma and x-ray radiography using thick scintillators.

  10. Radiography using californium-252 neutron sources

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    The current status in the technology of neutron radiography using californium-252 neutron sources is summarized. Major emphasis is on thermal neutron radiography since it has the widest potential applicability at the present time. Attention is given to four major factors which affect the quality and useability of thermal neutron radiography: source neutron thermalization, neutron beam extraction geometry, neutron collimator dimensions, and neutron imaging methods. Each of these factors has a major effect on the quality of the radiographs which are obtained from a californium source neutron radiography system and the exposure times required to obtain the radiographs; radiograph quality and exposure time in turn affect the practicality of neutron radiography for specific nondestructive inspection applications. A brief discussion of fast neutron radiography using californium-252 neutron sources is also included. (U.S.)

  11. Neutron radiography track detection systems

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    Sensitivity of neutron converters, recording efficiency and optical properties of particle track detectors for neutron radiography are studied in this paper. Cellulose nitrate and cellulose triacetate films are used for alpha particles, Lavsan, boron glass and mica for fission tracks. Samples are irradiated by a plutonium-uranium alloy and a californium source and optical density is determined. Good performance is obtained with Lavsan and uranium 235 converter. 3 tabs., 8 figs., 5 refs

  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. Good relationships between computational image analysis and radiological physics

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    Arimura, Hidetaka; Kamezawa, Hidemi; Jin, Ze; Nakamoto, Takahiro; Soufi, Mazen

    2015-09-01

    Good relationships between computational image analysis and radiological physics have been constructed for increasing the accuracy of medical diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy in radiological physics. Computational image analysis has been established based on applied mathematics, physics, and engineering. This review paper will introduce how computational image analysis is useful in radiation therapy with respect to radiological physics.

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

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    Andrade, Marcos Leandro Garcia

    2008-07-01

    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)

  15. Neutron radiography determination of water diffusivity in fired clay brick

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    The real time neutron and gamma radiography station at Maria reactor, Institute of Atomic Energy, Swierk, Poland, was used to investigate the isothermal water absorption into fired clay brick samples. The investigated brick is different from the bricks reported in El Abd and Milczarek [2004. Neutron radiology study of water absorption in porous building materials: anomalous diffusing analysis. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 37, 2305-2313] in density and chemical composition. Neutron radiography images were acquired regularly as the absorption time elapses. The water content, ?, along the flow direction, x, namely the water profiles ?(x,t) and the water front position as a function of the absorption time, t, were extracted from neutron radiography images. The results were discussed in terms of the macroscopic theory of water infiltration in unsaturated porous media. It was shown that the water front position followed the ?(t)-scaling (xm=?m?(t)) and the profiles (?-?) converged to a universal one master curve. The water diffusivity was analytically determined from the experimental results. It has the so-called hypo-diffusive character, namely its gradient with respect to the water content is positive. Neutron radiography is a powerful method to distinguish among the unsaturated flow in different porous construction materials

  16. 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)

  17. Neutron radiography determination of water diffusivity in fired clay brick.

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    El Abd, A; Czachor, A; Milczarek, J

    2009-04-01

    The real time neutron and gamma radiography station at Maria reactor, Institute of Atomic Energy, Swierk, Poland, was used to investigate the isothermal water absorption into fired clay brick samples. The investigated brick is different from the bricks reported in El Abd and Milczarek [2004. Neutron radiology study of water absorption in porous building materials: anomalous diffusing analysis. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 37, 2305-2313] in density and chemical composition. Neutron radiography images were acquired regularly as the absorption time elapses. The water content, theta, along the flow direction, x, namely the water profiles theta(x,t) and the water front position as a function of the absorption time, t, were extracted from neutron radiography images. The results were discussed in terms of the macroscopic theory of water infiltration in unsaturated porous media. It was shown that the water front position followed the square root t-scaling (x(m)=phi(m) square root t) and the profiles (theta-phi) converged to a universal one master curve. The water diffusivity was analytically determined from the experimental results. It has the so-called hypo-diffusive character, namely its gradient with respect to the water content is positive. Neutron radiography is a powerful method to distinguish among the unsaturated flow in different porous construction materials. PMID:19153048

  18. Assessement of rheumatic diseases with computational radiology: current status and future potential

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    Peloschek, Philipp; Boesen, Mikael; Donner, Rene; Kubassova, Olga; Birngruber, Erich; Patsch, Janina; Mayerhöfer, Marius; Langs, Georg

    2009-01-01

    In recent years, several computational image analysis methods to assess disease progression in rheumatic diseases were presented. This review article explains the basics of these methods as well as their potential application in rheumatic disease monitoring, it covers radiography, sonography as well as magnetic resonance imaging in quantitative analysis frameworks.

  19. Comparison study on CNR and SNR of thoracic spine lateral radiography

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    This study was proven for the T-spine breathing technique in lateral projection, using computer radiography (CR), charge coupled device (CCD), indirect digital radiography (IDR) and direct digital radiography (DDR). All images were evaluated and compared with CNR and SNR measured with the mean pixels and the standard deviation as setting ROI of spinous process, pedicle, vertebral body, intervertebral foramen and intervertebral disk using Image J. In experiment results of 4 type detectors, T-spine breathing technique was indicated as excellent in ROI of spinous process, pedicle, vertebral body, intervertebral foramen and intervertebral disk. As T-spine breathing technique indicated excellent images compared to the existing T-spine lateral radiography, this method would be useful for elderly patients who have difficulty in deep exhalation. This study was indicated the application possibility of T-spine breathing technique by presenting contrast to noise ratio (CNR) and signal to noise ratio (SNR) with quantitative value in 4 type detectors

  20. Comparison study on CNR and SNR of thoracic spine lateral radiography

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    Kim, Ki Won [Dept. of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Min, Jung Whan; Lyu, Kwang Yeul [Dept. of Radiology, Shingu University, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Min [Dept. of Radiological Science, College of Health Science, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Hei Woun [Dept. of Radiological Science, Beakseok Culture University, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Joo Ah [Dept. of Oncology, Catholic University of Korea Incheon St.Mary,s Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Jae Hong [Dept. of Oncology, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of); Sung, Dong Chan [Dept. of Radiology, Dong Guk University Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Soon Cheol [Dept. of Radiology, Kang Dong Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    This study was proven for the T-spine breathing technique in lateral projection, using computer radiography (CR), charge coupled device (CCD), indirect digital radiography (IDR) and direct digital radiography (DDR). All images were evaluated and compared with CNR and SNR measured with the mean pixels and the standard deviation as setting ROI of spinous process, pedicle, vertebral body, intervertebral foramen and intervertebral disk using Image J. In experiment results of 4 type detectors, T-spine breathing technique was indicated as excellent in ROI of spinous process, pedicle, vertebral body, intervertebral foramen and intervertebral disk. As T-spine breathing technique indicated excellent images compared to the existing T-spine lateral radiography, this method would be useful for elderly patients who have difficulty in deep exhalation. This study was indicated the application possibility of T-spine breathing technique by presenting contrast to noise ratio (CNR) and signal to noise ratio (SNR) with quantitative value in 4 type detectors.