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Dual energy mammography

Huanjun Ding, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer simulation model was developed to evaluate the performance of a photon-counting spectral mammography system in the application of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. A figure-of-merit (FOM), which was defined as the decomposed iodine signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with respect to the square root of the mean glandular dose (MGD), was chosen to optimize the imaging parameters, in terms of beam energy, splitting energy, and pre-filtrations for breasts of various thicknesses and densities...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
Bahaa Ghammraoui, Stephen J Glick
PURPOSE: A dual-energy material decomposition method using photon-counting spectral mammography was investigated as a non-invasive diagnostic approach to differentiate between Type I calcifications, consisting of calcium oxalate dihydrate or weddellite compounds that are more often associated with benign lesions, and Type II calcifications containing hydroxyapatite that are predominantly associated with malignant tumors. METHODS: The study was carried out by numerical simulation to assess the feasibility of the proposed approach...
March 22, 2017: Medical Physics
Andrew M Hernandez, J Anthony Seibert, Anita Nosratieh, John M Boone
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to develop and make available x-ray spectra for some of the most widely used digital mammography (DM), breast tomosynthesis (BT), and breast CT (bCT) systems in North America. METHODS: The Monte Carlo code MCNP6 was used to simulate minimally-filtered (only beryllium) x-ray spectra at 8 tube potentials from 20 to 49 kV for DM/BT, and 9 tube potentials from 35 to 70 kV for bCT. Vendor-specific anode compositions, effective anode angles, focal spot sizes, source-to-detector distances, and beryllium filtration were simulated...
March 17, 2017: Medical Physics
Ana Pereira, Maria Luisa Garmendia, Ricardo Uauy, Paulina Neira, Sandra Lopez-Arana, Serghei Malkov, John Shepherd
PURPOSE: High mammographic breast density (BD) is a strong risk factor of breast cancer; however, little is known in women under 40 years of age. Recently, dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) has been developed as a low-dose method to measure BD in young populations. Thus, our aims were to describe BD in relation to risk factors in Chilean women under 40 years old and to explore the equivalence of DXA to mammography for the measurement of BD. METHODS: We selected 192 premenopausal Chilean female participants of the DERCAM study for whom we have anthropometric, sociodemographic, and gyneco-obstetric data...
April 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
H Ding, B Zhou, D Beidokhti, S Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. METHODS: Experimental phantom studies were performed on a spectral mammography system based on Si strip photon-counting detectors. Dual-energy images were acquired using 40 kVp and a splitting energy of 34 keV with 3 mm Al pre-filtration. The initial calibration was done with glandular and adipose tissue equivalent phantoms of uniform thicknesses and iodine disk phantoms of various concentrations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
S Lee, S Kang, J Eom
PURPOSE: Photon-counting detectors (PCDs) allow multi-energy X-ray imaging without additional exposures and spectral overlap. This capability results in the improvement of accuracy of material decomposition for dual-energy X-ray imaging and the reduction of radiation dose. In this study, the PCD-based contrast-enhanced dual-energy mammography (CEDM) was compared with the conventional CDEM in terms of radiation dose, image quality and accuracy of material decomposition. METHODS: A dual-energy model was designed by using Beer-Lambert's law and rational inverse fitting function for decomposing materials from a polychromatic X-ray source...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Yue-Houng Hu, David A Scaduto, Wei Zhao
PURPOSE: Contrast-enhanced (CE) breast imaging involves the injection contrast agents (i.e., iodine) to increase conspicuity of malignant lesions. CE imaging may be used in conjunction with digital mammography (DM) or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and has shown promise in improving diagnostic specificity. Both CE-DM and CE-DBT techniques require optimization as clinical diagnostic tools. Physical factors including x-ray spectra, subtraction technique, and the signal from iodine contrast, must be considered to provide the greatest object detectability and image quality...
January 2017: Medical Physics
Maria Del Mar Travieso Aja, Purificacion Munoz, Mario Rodriguez Rodriguez, Victor Vega Benitez, Octavio P Luzardo
Up to 19% of breast malignancies may be missed by conventional imaging techniques, especially when they are concurrent or co-located with other benign lesions. However, more sensitive techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are often too expensive for routine use in developing countries. Contrast-enhanced, dual-energy digital mammography (CESM) is a recently introduced imaging modality whose performance has been reported to be similar to that of MRI. Being much cheaper, CESM may constitute a good alternative for improving diagnostic sensitivity in these countries...
July 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Huanjun Ding, David Sennung, Hyo-Min Cho, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: The positive predictive power for malignancy can potentially be improved, if the chemical compositions of suspicious breast lesions can be reliably measured in screening mammography. The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of quantifying breast lesion composition, in terms of water and lipid contents, with spectral mammography. METHODS: Phantom and tissue samples were imaged with a spectral mammography system based on silicon-strip photon-counting detectors...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Elżbieta Łuczyńska, Joanna Niemiec, Edward Hendrick, Sylwia Heinze, Janusz Jaszczyński, Jerzy Jakubowicz, Beata Sas-Korczyńska, Janusz Rys
BACKGROUND Contrast enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) is a new method of breast cancer diagnosis in which an iodinated contrast agent is injected and dual-energy mammography is obtained in multiple views of the breasts. The aim of this study was to compare the degree of enhancement on CESM with lesion characteristics on mammography (MG) and lesion histology in women with suspicious breast lesions. MATERIAL AND METHODS The degree of enhancement on CESM (absent, weak, medium, or strong) was compared to lesion characteristics on MG (mass, mass with microcalcifications, or microcalcifications alone) and histology (infiltrating carcinoma, intraductal carcinoma, or benign) to compare sensitivity of the two modalities and to establish correlations that might improve diagnostic accuracy...
October 21, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Yun-Chung Cheung, Yu-Hsiang Juan, Yu-Ching Lin, Yung-Feng Lo, Hsiu-Pei Tsai, Shir-Hwa Ueng, Shin-Cheh Chen
BACKGROUND: Mammography screening is a cost-efficient modality with high sensitivity for detecting impalpable cancer with microcalcifications, and results in reduced mortality rates. However, the probability of finding microcalcifications without associated cancerous masses varies. We retrospectively evaluated the diagnosis and cancer probability of the non-mass screened microcalcifications by dual-energy contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (DE-CESM). PATIENTS AND METHODS: With ethical approval from our hospital, we enrolled the cases of DE-CESM for analysis under the following inclusion criteria: (1) referrals due to screened BI-RADS 4 microcalcifications; (2) having DE-CESM prior to stereotactic biopsy; (3) no associated mass found by sonography and physical examination; and (4) pathology-based diagnosis using stereotactic vacuum-assisted breast biopsy...
2016: PloS One
Alexandra Tsigginou, Christina Gkali, Athanasios Chalazonitis, Eleni Feida, Dimitrios Efthymios Vlachos, Flora Zagouri, Ioannis Rellias, Constantine Dimitrakakis
Dual-energy contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) represents a relatively new diagnostic tool adjunct to mammography. The aim of this study was to strengthen the breast imaging-reporting and data system (BIRADS) classification score in order to improve early breast cancer diagnosis. For this reason, we propose a sum score, termed malignancy potential score (MPS), incorporating the standard BIRADS score and our proposed CESM score. From September 2014 to September 2015, 216 females (age range, 26-85 years; mean age 54...
November 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Pratap C Naha, Kristen C Lau, Jessica C Hsu, Maryam Hajfathalian, Shaameen Mian, Peter Chhour, Lahari Uppuluri, Elizabeth S McDonald, Andrew D A Maidment, David P Cormode
Earlier detection of breast cancer reduces mortality from this disease. As a result, the development of better screening techniques is a topic of intense interest. Contrast-enhanced dual-energy mammography (DEM) is a novel technique that has improved sensitivity for cancer detection. However, the development of contrast agents for this technique is in its infancy. We herein report gold-silver alloy nanoparticles (GSAN) that have potent DEM contrast properties and improved biocompatibility. GSAN formulations containing a range of gold : silver ratios and capped with m-PEG were synthesized and characterized using various analytical methods...
July 14, 2016: Nanoscale
María-Ester Brandan, Juan P Cruz-Bastida, Iván M Rosado-Méndez, Yolanda Villaseñor-Navarro, Héctor Pérez-Ponce, Héctor A Galván, Flavio E Trujillo-Zamudio, Patricia Sánchez-Suárez, Luis Benítez-Bribiesca
OBJECTIVE: To correlate image parameters in contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) with blood and lymphatic microvessel density (MVD). METHODS: 18 Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS)-4 to BI-RADS-5 patients were subjected to CEDM. Craniocaudal views were acquired, two views (low and high energy) before iodine contrast medium (CM) injection and four views (high energy) 1-5 min afterwards. Processing included registration and two subtraction modalities, traditional single-energy temporal (high-energy) and "dual-energy temporal with a matrix", proposed to improve lesion conspicuity...
September 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Adriano Contillo, Giovanni Di Domenico, Paolo Cardarelli, Mauro Gambaccini, Angelo Taibi
PURPOSE: Dual-energy image subtraction represents a useful tool to improve the detectability of small lesions, especially in dense breasts. A feature it shares with all x-ray imaging techniques is the appearance of fluctuations in the texture of the background, which can obscure the visibility of interesting details. The aim of the work is to investigate the main noise sources, in order to create a better performing subtraction mechanism. In particular, the structural noise cancellation was achieved by means of a suitable extension of the dual-energy algorithm...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Johan Kälvesten, Li-Yung Lui, Torkel Brismar, Steven Cummings
Osteoporosis is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Screening of post-menopausal women for clinical risk factors and/or low bone mineral density (BMD) has been proposed to overcome this. Digital X-ray radiogrammetry (DXR) estimates hand BMD from standard hand X-ray images and have shown to predict fractures and osteoporosis. Recently, digital radiology and the internet have opened up the possibility of conducting automated opportunistic screening with DXR in post-fracture care or in combination with mammography...
May 2016: Bone
Roshan Karunamuni, Pratap C Naha, Kristen C Lau, Ajlan Al-Zaki, Anatoliy V Popov, Edward J Delikatny, Andrew Tsourkas, David P Cormode, Andrew D A Maidment
OBJECTIVE: Dual-energy (DE) mammography has recently entered the clinic. Previous theoretical and phantom studies demonstrated that silver provides greater contrast than iodine for this technique. Our objective was to characterize and evaluate in vivo a prototype silver contrast agent ultimately intended for DE mammography. METHODS: The prototype silver contrast agent was synthesized using a three-step process: synthesis of a silver core, silica encapsulation and PEG coating...
September 2016: European Radiology
Adriano Contillo, Giovanni Di Domenico, Paolo Cardarelli, Mauro Gambaccini, Angelo Taibi
PURPOSE: Contrast-enhanced digital mammography is an image subtraction technique that is able to improve the detectability of lesions in dense breasts. One of the main sources of error, when the technique is performed by means of commercial mammography devices, is represented by the intrinsic polychromaticity of the x-ray beams. The aim of the work is to propose an iterative procedure, which only assumes the knowledge of a small set of universal quantities, to take into account the polychromaticity and correct the subtraction results accordingly...
November 2015: Medical Physics
Thomas Knogler, Peter Homolka, Mathias Hörnig, Robert Leithner, Georg Langs, Martin Waitzbauer, Katja Pinker-Domenig, Sabine Leitner, Thomas H Helbich
OBJECTIVES: To demonstrate the feasibility of contrast-enhanced dual-energy mammography (CEDEM) using titanium (Ti) filtering at 49 kVp for high-energy images and a novel artefact reducing image-subtraction post-processing algorithm. METHODS: Fifteen patients with suspicious findings (ACR BI-RADS 4 and 5) detected with digital mammography (MG) that required biopsy were included. CEDEM examinations were performed on a modified prototype machine. Acquired HE and low-energy raw data images were registered non-rigidly to compensate for possible subtle tissue motion...
June 2016: European Radiology
Bin Deng, Dana H Brooks, David A Boas, Mats Lundqvist, Qianqian Fang
Multi-spectral near-infrared diffuse optical tomography (DOT) is capable of providing functional tissue assessment that can complement structural mammographic images for more comprehensive breast cancer diagnosis. To take full advantage of the readily available sub-millimeter resolution structural information in a multi-modal imaging setting, an efficient x-ray/optical joint image reconstruction model has been proposed previously to utilize anatomical information from a mammogram as a structural prior. In this work, we develop a complex digital breast phantom (available at http://openjd...
July 1, 2015: Biomedical Optics Express
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