Stimulable phosphor plates in chest radiology

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Abstract

The stimulable phosphor plate technique has revolutionised radiology with portable equipment. The image quality permits diagnosis under difficult control conditions (ICUs). In order to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio, and therefore a contrast resolution similar to the commonly used film/screen systems, a higher radiation dose is needed. However, overall, with this technique a radiation dose reduction may be achieved as a result of the elimination of the need for retakes. The available stimulable phosphor plate systems, with adequate image processing are reliable, and at least as good as conventional film/screen systems for diagnosis in chest radiography. There are, however, other aspects that make the stimulable phosphor plate technique particularly appealing. Firstly, its reproducibility, which particularly in chest radiography allows images to be obtained with the same grey scale and darkness. Secondly, as this technique permits digital archiving and visualisation of images on screen, images can be rapidly distributed over a network making them available when and where they are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume7
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chest
  • Digital radiography
  • Image management
  • Image processing
  • Stimulable phosphor plates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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