Purpose: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of (i) the difference in the beam qualities on the presampled modulation transfer function (MTF) using the edge method and (ii) the readout direction of the edge profile for the photostimulable phosphor (PSP) system. Approach: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) defined a technique using the "radiation qualities based on a phantom made up of an aluminum added filter"(RQA). A general radiographic system with a tube voltage of 50 kV and 9.7 mm of additional aluminum filtration was used to conform the x-ray to the IEC-specified beam quality definition RQA3. Additionally, we employed two different beams with tube voltages of 60 and 70 kV using a dental x-ray unit. The MTF was measured in the readout direction from low-to-high exposure regions and vice versa with respect to the scanning and subscanning directions of the PSP system. Results: The difference in the 50%MTF value for all directions between 60 and 70 kV averaged less than 0.05. The 50%MTF of RQA3 was on average 0.2 lower than the value for 60 kV for each direction. For all beam qualities, no difference was observed between the MTFs measured in the readout direction from the low-to-high exposure regions and vice versa. Conclusions: The MTFs, measured using the dental x-ray unit, were unaffected by the tube voltage, and they were slightly higher than those measured using the RQA3. Furthermore, the MTF was unaffected by the differences in the readout directions of the edge profile.
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