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ARTICLE 2

2013 SECTION V

MANDATORY APPENDIX III DIGITAL IMAGE ACQUISITION, DISPLAY, AND STORAGE FOR RADIOGRAPHY AND RADIOSCOPY
III-210 SCOPE
III-236 CALIBRATED OPTICAL LINE PAIR TEST PATTERN AND OPTICAL DENSITY STEP WEDGE

Digital image acquisition, display, and storage can be applied to radiography and radioscopy. Once the analog image is converted to digital format, the data can be displayed, processed, quantified, stored, retrieved, and converted back to the original analog format, for example, film or video presentation. Digital imaging of all radiographic and radioscopic examination test results shall be performed in accordance with the modified provisions to Article 2 as indicated herein.

An optical line pair test pattern operating between 0.1 and 4.0 optical density shall be used to evaluate the modulation transfer function (MTF) of the system. The optical density step wedge shall be used to evaluate system contrast sensitivity.

III-250
III-255

IMAGE ACQUISITION AND STORAGE


AREA OF INTEREST

III-220
III-221

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
PROCEDURE REQUIREMENTS

Any portion of the image data may be digitized and stored provided the information that is digitized and stored includes the area of interest as defined by the referencing Code Section.

A written procedure is required and shall contain, as a minimum, the following system performance parameters: (a) image digitizing parameters modulation transfer function (MTF), line pair resolution, contrast sensitivity, and dynamic range (b) image display parameters format, contrast, and magnification (c) image processing parameters that are used (d) storage identification, data compression, and media (including precautions to be taken to avoid data loss) (e) analog output formats

III-258

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

The system shall, as a minimum, include the following: (a) digitizing system (b) display system (c) image processing system (d) image storage system

III-260

CALIBRATION

The system shall be calibrated for modulation transfer function (MTF), dynamic range, and contrast sensitivity.

III-222

ORIGINAL IMAGE ARTIFACTS

III-263

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT

Any artifacts that are identified in the original image shall be noted or annotated on the digital image.

III-230
III-231

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS


DIGITAL IMAGE EXAMINATION RECORD

System performance parameters (as noted in III-221) shall be determined initially and monitored regularly with the system in operation to assure consistent results. The system performance shall be monitored at the beginning and end of each shift to minimize the probability of timedependent performance variations.

The digital image examination data shall be recorded and stored on video tape, magnetic disk, or optical disk.

III-280
III-286

EVALUATION
FACTORS AFFECTING SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

III-234

VIEWING CONSIDERATIONS

The digital image shall be judged by visual comparison to be equivalent to the image quality of the original image at the time of digitization.
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The quality of system performance is determined by the combined performance of the components specified in III-258.