Reconstruction of mammography x-ray spectrum by using Rayleigh and Compton scattering corrections

Souichiro Kawaguchi, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Hidetaka Arimura, Junji Morishita, Masafumi Ohki, Yoshinori Uno, Tadamitsu Ideguchi, Yoshiharu Higashida, Fukai Toyofuku

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Abstract

The analysis of the x-ray spectrum is important for quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) of a radiographic system such as mammography. In the case of mammography, the direct measurement of the primary x-ray spectra under clinical conditions is very difficult and time-consuming mainly because it is almost impossible to increase the longitudinal distance between the focal spot and x-ray detector in order to make the photon counting measurement possible. An alternative way of measuring the primary spectra is to correct the 90 degree scattered x-ray spectra which can be measured without photon pile-up since the intensity of the scattered x-rays is significantly lowered. The scattered x-ray spectrum is composed of two components, Compton scattered photons and Rayleigh scattered photons. We have developed a new method of reconstructing the primary x-ray spectrum from the scattered x-ray spectrum taking into account both Rayleigh and Compton scattered photons . The 90 degree scattered x-ray spectrum from a 28 kV mammography x-ray unit was measured at a tube voltage by using a CdTe semiconductor detector. The reconstructed spectrum agreed fairly well with a directly measured primary x-ray spectrum. The Rayleigh and Compton scattering correction method could be suitable for measuring the mammography x-ray spectra under clinical conditions and useful for QA and QC of the mammography x-ray units.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnostic Imaging
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages231-233
Number of pages3
Edition2
ISBN (Print)9783642038785
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering: Diagnostic Imaging - Munich, Germany
Duration: Sep 7 2009Sep 12 2009

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Number2
Volume25
ISSN (Print)1680-0737

Other

OtherWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering: Diagnostic Imaging
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityMunich
Period9/7/099/12/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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