Comparison of image quality criteria between digital storage phosphor plate in mammography and full-field digital mammography in the detection of breast cancer

Thevi Rajendran Pushpa, Krishnapillai Vijayalakshmi, Tamanang Sulaiman, Kanaga Kumari Chelliah

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Background: Digital mammography is slowly replacing screen flm mammography. In digital mammography, 2 methods are available in acquiring images: digital storage phosphor plate and full-feld digital mammography. The aim of this study was to compare the image quality acquired from the 2 methods of digital mammography in the detection of breast cancer. Methods: The study took place at the National Cancer Society, Kuala Lumpur, and followed 150 asymptomatic women for the duration of 1 year. Participating women gave informed consent and were exposed to 4 views from each system. Two radiologists independently evaluated the printed images based on the image quality criteria in mammography. McNemar's test was used to compare the image quality criteria between the systems. Results: The agreement between the radiologists for the digital storage phosphor plate was K{green} = 0.551 and for full-feld digital mammography was, K{green} = 0.523. Full-feld digital mammography was signifcantly better compared with the digital storage phosphor plate in right and left mediolateral oblique views (P < 0.05) in the detection of microcalcifcations, which are early signs of breast cancer. However, both systems were comparable in all other aspects of image quality. Conclusion: Digital mammography is a useful screening tool for the detection of early breast cancer and ensures better prognosis and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Comparative studies
  • Early detection of cancer
  • Mammography
  • Radiology

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Comparison of image quality criteria between digital storage phosphor plate in mammography and full-field digital mammography in the detection of breast cancer. / Pushpa, Thevi Rajendran; Vijayalakshmi, Krishnapillai; Sulaiman, Tamanang; Chelliah, Kanaga Kumari.

In: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 52-59.

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