Scatter correction algorithm without extra exposure for dual-energy digital mammography

X.I. Chen, X. Mou, H. Yan, H. Yu, Lei Zhang

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X-ray scatter leads to erroneous calculations of dual-energy digital mammography (DEDM). The existing methods for scatter correction in DEDM are using anti-scatter grids or the pinhole-array interpolation method which is complicated and impractical. In this paper, a scatter correction algorithm for DEDM is developed based on the knowledge that scatter radiation in mammograms varies slowly and most pixels in mammograms are non-microcalcification pixels. The proposed algorithm only uses the information of low-energy (LE) and high-energy (HE) images. And it doesn't need anti-scatter grids, lead sheet and extra exposures. Our results show that the proposed scatter correction algorithm is effective. When using the simple least-squares fit and linear interpolation, the scatter to primary ratio (SPR) can be decreased from ~33.4% to ~2.8% for LE image and from ~26.2% to ~0.8% for HE image. Applying scatter correction to LE and HE images, the resultant background signal in the DE (dual-energy) calcification image can be reduced significantly.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE : the International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSPIE Medical Imaging -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


  • Digital mammography
  • Mammography
  • Radiation
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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