Automated scoring method for the CDMAM phantom

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Yip M., Chukwu W., Kottis E., Lewis E., Oduko J., Gundogdu Ö., ...More

Conference on Medical Imaging - Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, Florida, United States Of America, 11 - 12 February 2009, vol.7263 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 7263
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.811657
  • City: Florida
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Keywords: Digital Mammography, Simulation, Contrast-detail, CDMAM phantom, Observer Performance, FIELD DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY, IMAGE QUALITY MEASUREMENTS, SYSTEM
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: No


CDMAM phantoms are widely used in the Europe to assess the performance of mammography systems utilising small size and low contrast disc details. However, the assessment of CDMAM images by human observers is slow and tedious. An automated method for scoring CDMAM images (CDCOM) is widely available to address this issue. We have developed an alternative automated scoring tool to score CDMAM images, Quantitative Assessment System (QAS), for similarly removing inter-and intra-observer variability. This provides additional valuable information about the contrast and SNR of each gold disc within the image. The QAS scores CDMAM phantom images using a scanning algorithm. QAS scoring results were compared with human observers and with CDCOM. It was found that QAS was comparable with human observers in scoring, whereas CDCOM consistently scored a higher number of discs correctly in CDMAM images compared with QAS and human observers.