The purpose of this study was to assess the current status of image quality and dose in computed radiographic digital mammography (CRDM) systems. Studies included CRDM systems of various models and manufacturers which dose and image quality comparisons were performed. Due to the recent rise in the use of digital radiographic systems in Mexico, CRDM systems are rapidly replacing conventional film-screen systems without any regard to quality control or image quality standards. Study was conducted in 65 mammography facilities which use CRDM systems in the Mexico City and surrounding States. The systems were tested as used clinically. This means that the dose and beam qualities were selected using the automatic beam selection and photo-timed features. All systems surveyed generate laser film hardcopies for the radiologist to read on a scope or mammographic high luminance light box. It was found that 51 of CRDM systems presented a variety of image artefacts and non-uniformities arising from inadequate acquisition and processing, as well as from the laser printer itself. Undisciplined alteration of image processing settings by the technologist was found to be a serious prevalent problem in 42 facilities. Only four of them showed an image QC program which is periodically monitored by a medical physicist. The Average Glandular Dose (AGD) in the surveyed systems was estimated to have a mean value of 2.4. mGy. To improve image quality in mammography and make more efficient screening mammographic in early detection of breast cancer is required new legislation. © 2013.
Gaona, E., Rivera, T., Arreola, M., Franco, J., Molina, N., Alvarez, B., Azorín, C. G., & Casian, G. (2014). Exploratory survey of image quality on CR digital mammography imaging systems in Mexico. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 245-248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2013.07.009