Unit 1 (Overview and Processing Concepts)

  1. What is another name for Digital Imaging?
    Filmless Imaging
  2. What allows the attenuated beam to be recieved by either CR or DR digital detector rather than an x-ray film cassette?
    digital radiography
  3. What changes the information to an electronic form?
    Analog to digital convertor (ADC)
  4. What changes digital image data to the displayed image?
    Digital to analog convertor (DAC)
  5. Name some image storage devices:
    • magnetic tapes
    • discs
    • laser-optic discs
    • RAID (redundant array of independent discs)
  6. What is the standard that allows software's to communicate with each other?
    DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine)
  7. What is another name for the characteristic curve?
    the H & D curve (views ranges of density offered)
  8. What are three of film-screen radiography?
    • it cannot show tissue differences in tissue contrast less than 10%
    • if inappropriate technique is used repeat exposure is necessary to correct it
    • requires manual archival and retrieval (of film)
  9. Name the seven major components of a digital radiographic imaging system:
    • Data Acquisition
    • Computer Data Processing
    • Image Display
    • Post Processing
    • Image Storage
    • Image and Data Communications
    • Image and Information Management
  10. What refers to the collection of x-rays transmitted through the patient, which takes place at a detector?
    Data Acquisition
  11. Where does the ADC send the digital data?
    to the CPU (central processing unit) for processing
  12. The computer uses special software to create or build up digital images using what type of system?
    a binary number system
  13. Binary system operates on discrete values of:
    "0" or "1"
  14. Describe the relationship amounts between digits, bits and bytes (in the binary system):
    • one digit makes a bit
    • eight bits make a byte
  15. After the image is displayed via monitor, what can alter the input image in order to enhance diagnosis?
    post processing
  16. Name 5 post processing enhancements:
    • Image noise reduction
    • Enhance image sharpness
    • Change image contrast
    • Stitch several images together
    • Gray scale mapping
  17. Name some systems of Image and data Communications (5):
    • LANs (Local Area Network, ex. co-lin)
    • WANs (Wide Area Network, ex. internet)
    • PACs (Picture and Archiving Communication System)
    • RIS (Radiology Information System)
    • HIS (Hospital Information System)

    HIS - medical records; integrated with PACs using DICOM and HL-7
  18. What is used to reduce storage space and decrease the image transmittion time?
    image compression
  19. Name the two types of image compression and their differences:
    • Lossless Compression - reversible; no loss of info
    • Lossy Compression - irreversible; loss of info
  20. Which information management systems are textual and which are for images?
    • textual - RIS and HIS
    • images - PACS
  21. What is a model for ensuring that the standards for communication (DICOM and HL-7) work effectively to facilitate integragion?
    • Integrating the Health Care Enterprise
    • originated in 1998 by RSNA (Radiologic Society of North America) and HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society)
  22. What is the technical framework of "Integrating the Health Care Enterprise" based on (3)?
    • Data Model
    • An Actor
    • An Integration Profile
  23. Who introduced CR?
    • Fuji Medical Systems, in 1983
    • (also Agfa, Kodak, Konica, and Cannon)
  24. What is the IP plate coated with?
    Barium-fluoro-halide (a photostimulable phosphor)
  25. Review the basic steps to the production of a CR image:
    • 1. IP plate x-rayed, electrons move to higher energy level as the "latent image"
    • 2. IP plate fed into Image Reading Device (IRD) to a laser beam, exciting electrons to release energy in form of light
    • 3. The light is collected by a photomultiplier tube (PMT) which transfers light to electrical energy that is sent through ADC to produce digital data
    • 4. Digital processor processes digital data to produce image viewable on monitor
    • 5. Very intense light scans IP to erase residual latent image
    • 6. IP to be reused
  26. What are two categories of flat-panel detectors?
    • indirect conversion (includes light)
    • direct conversion (does not include light)
  27. List the flow of conversion for both indirect and direct conversions:
    • Indirect:
    • x-ray --> light --> electrical signal --> image

    • Direct:
    • x-rays --> electrical signal --> image
  28. What absorbs x-ray photons, converts them to light photons, and channels them to photodiode array?
    Cesium Iodide Scintillator
  29. What does a direct-conversion detector use to convert x-ray photons into an electric charge?
    amorphous selenium, a photoconductor
  30. What does an indirect-conversion detector use to convert x-rays into an electrical charge?
    amorphous silicon photodiode arrays or CCDs
  31. What is a software that is used in digital mammography which allows for enhancement of microcalcifications and malignant lesions and can also function as a "second reader"?
    Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD)
  32. Two names for using software to get rid of high or low energy ranges:
    • Dual energy subtraction
    • Contrast enhancement
  33. What aspect of Digital Fluoroscopy increases the photons energy while significantly decreasing dose to the patient?
    Image Intensifier
  34. What type of digital fluoroscopy can increase detail, can even color-code different vessels based on their frequencies?
    Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)
  35. What standard is concerned primarily with textual information from the HIS and RIS?
  36. What are the three intentions of QA/QC policies?
    • ensure that the ALARA principle is upheld
    • produce optimum image quality for diagnosis
    • reduce the costs of radiology operations
  37. What is the application of information of information technology to medical imaging?
    medical imaging informatics
  38. The information shared with the computer is which image?
    the input image
  39. Once the computer processes the digital image, it can be called the:
    output image or manifest image
  40. When and by whom did digital processing begin and for what purpose?
    • several decades ago
    • NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) space program
    • to manipulate images sent back by the Ranger spacecraft
  41. Who helped to conceptualize images as a subset of all objects and when?
    • Castleman
    • 1994
  42. What is included in Subsets of the image (4)?
    • visible images
    • invisible images
    • optical images
    • mathematical images
  43. Describe the two Mathematical Image types we covered:
    • continuous function - analog; fluxuates; wave-like
    • discrete function - digital; 1 or 0; on or off; very precise; better resolution
  44. How is an analog image obtained?
    by having a light source that scans from left to right in front of the object and photomultiplier tube recieve the varying levels of density
  45. Quite simply, a digital image is a numerical representation of:
    the patient
  46. What are the two image domains that represent images in radiology?
    • spatial location domain
    • spatial frequency domain
  47. Which domain is involved as a numerical image arranged in a manner that the location of each number in the image can be identified using X-Y coordinate system?
    Spatial location domain
  48. Which domain is involved as the number of times a signal changes direction in a given length?
    Spatial frequency domain
  49. Small structures produce ______ frequencies and large objects produce ______ frequencies.
    • high
    • low
  50. In Spatial Location Domain, each ______ has a specific numerical value?
  51. When the numerical value of a pixel in Spatial Location Domain is higher, what type of tissue is usually represented?
    muscle, tissue (higher = more information)
  52. When the numerical value of a pixel in Spatial Location Domain is lower, what type of tissue is usually represented?
    bone (lower = less information)
  53. In Spatial Frequency Domain, higher frequency better represents:
    "the small" (higher resolution)
  54. In Spatial Frequency Domain, lower frequency better represents:
    "the large" (lower resolution)
  55. What allows for radiography digital processing to change spatial location domain to spatial frequency domain?
    The Fourier Transform
  56. What allows for radiography digital processing to change spatial frequency domain to spatial location domain?
    The Inverse Fourier Transform
  57. The radiologist would probably prefer to view in the ______ ________ domain.
    spatial location
  58. Physicists and engineers would prefer to view in the ________ ________ domain.
    spatial frequency
  59. Five fundamental classes of operations of digital imaging include :
    • image enhancement
    • image restoration
    • image analysis
    • image compression
    • image synthesis
  60. What are some of the ways Image Enhancement is achieved (5)?
    • contrast inhancement
    • edge enhancement
    • spatial and frequency filtering
    • image combining
    • noise reduction
  61. What two classes of operations are used to isolate and highlight objects of interest?
    • image restoration
    • image analysis
  62. What is the newest addition to image compression and its advantages?
    • wavelet (special waveforms)
    • no loss in either spatial or frequency information; able to store more with less memory space
  63. What creates images from other images or non-image data, or "interperlating"?
    Image Synthesis
  64. What are the characteristics or fundamental parameters used to describe digital imaging?
    • matrix (2D)
    • Pixels (2D)
    • Voxels (3D)
    • Bit Depth (3D)
    • Appearance of Digital Images
  65. In radiology, we refer to a matrix as the:
    Field of View (FoV)
  66. The formula to calculate the size of the image is:
    M x N x bits

    • M = columns
    • N = rows
  67. The formula to calculate the sice of the pixel is:
    Pixel size = FOV/Matrix Size
  68. If the discrete value number of a pixel is higher, the brightness will ___________.
  69. Pixels in a digital image represent the information contained in a volume of tissue in the patient...this volume of tissue is:
    voxel (volume of element); the z axis
  70. The number of bits per pixel is the:
    bit depth
  71. What calculates the total number of shades available in bit depth?
    2 to the power of bits available
  72. Three steps to digitizing an image:
    • scanning
    • sampling
    • quantizing

    this process will change the algorithmic values to make the image brighter/less bright as needed
  73. Name three general processing operations of Gray-Scale Processing:
    • Windowing
    • Image Subtraction
    • Temporal Averaging
  74. Name three general processing operations of Local Processing Operations:
    • Spatial Filtering
    • Edge Enhancement
    • Smoothing
  75. Name four terms to describe gray-level mapping:
    • contrast stretching/enhancement
    • histogram modifications/stretching
    • LUT (Look up Table)
    • windowing
  76. ________ histograms offer low contrast, while ______ histograms offer high contrast.
    • narrow
    • wider
  77. What is a graph of the number of pixels in the entire image or part of the image having the same gray levels?
    histogram (petrometer in analog)
  78. Name some aspects of Windowing:
    • Window level changes the brightness/density
    • Window width changes the contrast
  79. What allows brightness and contrast to be changed when values are out of the norm?
    • Look Up Table (LUT)
    • restricts the range (takes away sections of white-white and dark-dark)
  80. What changes the variation of adjacent pixel density values (by at least greater than 10% difference)?
    • Look up Table (LUT)
    • the higher the number, the lower the brightness
  81. Where is the output pixel value obtained?
    from a small area around the corresponding input pixel
  82. When finding the output pixel value, the average is computed using a group of pixel called a ________________.
    convolution kernel
  83. __________ post processing is also known is spatial frequency processing.**
    Edge enhancement
  84. Which does not occur in gray scale processing?

    A. Smoothing
  85. High-Pass Filtering is used to ____________ in spatial frequency.
    • Sharpen (by suppressing lower frequencies)
    • A.K.A. Edge Enhancement Sharpening
  86. Low-Pass Filtering is used to _________ in spatial frequency.
    Smooth (by suppressing higher frequencies)
  87. What is produced from the Low-Pass filtering process subtracted from the original image?
    • Unsharp (blurred) Masking
    • changes a blurred image to a shart image
  88. What implies that ALL of the pixels in the entire input image are used to change the value of a pixel in the output image?
    Global Processing Operations
  89. What allows for the position of orientation of the pixels within the image to be changed in order to enhance dignosis?
    Geometric Operations
  90. Geometric Operations result in:
    • sizing
    • scaling
    • rotation
    • translation
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Unit 1 (Overview and Processing Concepts)
Unit 1. Do not rely solely upon these cards. last revised spring2012.