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ASTM E1647-03

ASTM E1647-03

Standard Practice for Determining Contrast Sensitivity in Radioscopy

2010-12-31 /Historical
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The contrast sensitivity gage measures contrast sensitivity independent of the imaging system spatial resolution limitations. The thickness recess dimensions of the contrast sensitivity gage are large with respect to the spatial resolution limitations of most imaging systems. Four levels of contrast sensitivity are measured: 4 %, 3 %, 2 %, and 1 %.

The contrast sensitivity gage is intended for use in conjunction with a high-contrast resolution measuring gage, such as the EN 462 5 Duplex Wire Image Quality Indicator. Such gages measure spatial resolution essentially independent of the imaging system’contrast sensitivity. Such measurements are appropriate for the qualification and performance monitoring of radiographic and radioscopic imaging systems.

Radioscopic/radiographic system performance may be specified by combining the measured contrast sensitivity expressed as a percentage with the spatial resolution expressed in millimeters of unsharpness. For the EN 462 5 spatial resolution gage, the unsharpness is equal to twice the wire diameter. For the line pair gage, the unsharpness is equal to the reciprocal of the line-pair/mm value. As an example, an imaging system that exhibits 2 % contrast sensitivity and images the 0.1 mm EN 462 5 paired wires (equivalent to imaging 5 line-pairs/millimeter resolution on a line-pair gage) performs at a 2 %0.2 mm sensitivity level. A standard method of evaluating overall radioscopic system performance is given in Practice E 1411 and in EN 130681.


1.1 This practice covers the design and material selection of a contrast sensitivity measuring gage used to determine the minimum change in material thickness or density that may be imaged without regard to spatial resolution limitations.

1.2 This practice is applicable to transmitted-beam radiographic and radioscopic imaging systems utilizing X-ray and gamma ray radiation sources.

1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific safety statements, see NIST/ANSI Handbook 114 Section 8, Code of Federal Regulations 21 CFR 1020.40 and 29 CFR 1910.96.

contrast sensitivity gage; gamma ray; image formation; image processing; image quality indicator; line-pairs per millimeter; penetrating radiation; spatial resolution; X-ray
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