Image quality assessment in contemporary interventional cardiology laboratories: Spatial and low-contrast video resolution

Warren K. Laskey, Richard Stueve, Merrill Wondrow, Diane Grill, David Holmes

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Abstract

Two measures of fluoroscopic image quality - high-contrast video spatial resolution and low-contrast video resolution-were assessed in 64 interventional cardiology catheterization laboratories. The results of high- contrast spatial resolution testing indicate variable levels of performance with median values of 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 line pairs/mm at the three levels of magnification. The results of the low-contrast video resolution testing indicate clinically relevant limitations in performance. This was particularly true when testing was performed in a dynamic mode under simulated large patient conditions. Under these conditions, 50% of systems failed to detect a wire of diameter 0.017''. In addition, limited system dynamic range was identified in a substantial fraction of laboratories and may contribute to these important variations in performance. Taken together, these findings serve to characterize overall system performance in the current era of interventional cardiology and reaffirm the continued need for image quality assessment programs. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2000

Keywords

  • Image quality
  • Quality assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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