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Methods and materials for the measurement of subjective and objective measurements of image quality

Methods and materials for the measurement of subjective and objective measurements of image quality

Radiation Protection Dosimetry 94(1-2): 37-42

The evaluation of medical imaging systems may be performed using both subjective (e.g. high contrast limiting resolution, and low contrast detail detectability), and objective/physical (e.g. characteristic curve, signal-to-noise ratio, modulation transfer function, and Wiener spectra) indices of image quality. For the purposes of Quality Assurance subjective measurements currently have a wider usage in the clinical environment due to the inherent simplicity of the measurements; however, more rigorous objective approaches are gaining acceptability, and represent a paradigm for possible future QA measurements. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. There is currently wide debate as to the interpretation of these measurements. However, there appears to be a lack of standardisation among scientists in the various approaches to making these measurements, and especially so in the case of objective indices; furthermore, the measurement protocol used must have a bearing on the interpretation of subsequent results. The purpose of this paper is to (i) present the most fundamental indices in the characterisation of 'image quality', and (ii) recommend approaches to the measurement of these indices.

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DOI: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.rpd.a006476

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