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  • Chapter 1: What Is Digital Imaging?

  • What is Digital Imaging?Digital Imaging is the transforming of energy: (from light photon, sonic, magnetic, x-ray, or gamma radiation sources) to electrical signals that are measured and assigned discrete binary values. Binary data is processed into image information which may be enhanced, printed, displayed on a monitor, and stored as a computer file.

  • Digital ModalititesEvery imaging modality may be digital. Some are only digital.

    From an equipment standpoint, the major differencebetween the modalities is the type of energy used,how the energy is changed as is traverses the body, and how the remnant energy is measured as it leaves the body.

  • Computed Tomography (CT)X-radiation passes through,and is attenuated by the atomiccomposition of cells and tissues.Is only digital

  • Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (CVI) digital application started in the 1980sX-radiation passes through,and is attenuated by the atomiccomposition of cells and tissues.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)Is only digitalHydrogen atoms excited by radio frequencies (RF)create magneticvectors that sweepan antenna.

  • Nuclear Medicine TechnologyAn isotope is injected, ingested or inhaled. After being metabolized, concentrations of the isotope are collected by thenuclear medicine camera.

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographyand Vascular TechnologySound waves pass into, andare reflected off of interfacesof tissues and organs.

  • Digital Radiography (DR)X-radiation passes through,and is attenuated by the atomiccomposition of cells and tissues.Digital applications were available in the early 1980s, but the difficulties of displaying radiographic quality images (in terms of spatial resolution) made it unpopular. In the year 2000 it was beginning to be accepted.

  • Digital MammographyX-radiation passes through, and is attenuated by the atomiccomposition of cells and tissues. Like digital radiography, highly dependant on excellent spatial resolution.

  • Digital Fluoroscopy (DF)

  • R/F Digital C-Arm

  • Question: How is an analog radiographic image made?Begin with photons coming off the anode.Outline the process, step by step.Use the appropriate terminology.Incident, Attenuation, Remnant radiation, Latent, Manifest

  • Answer: How does a radiographic image get on a film?Incident beam leaves anode.Attenuation in body.Remnant radiation exits in pattern of anatomy.Photons interact with silver halide crystals.Latent image is formed.Manifest image on development.

  • Question: What does a graphic representation of density building on a film look like, and what is it called?D log E (or)H & D Curve (or)Hurter & Driffield Curve (or) Characteristic Curve (or)Sensitometric Curve

  • Producing a digital radiograph is the same as for analog film, up to the point of the photons interacting with the film. Digital imaging samples the remnant radiation with (some kind of) a detector, not film.

  • Analog : The continuous build up of density on a radiographic film is an analog process.

  • For Example:Analog TimeThe passage of time as recorded on a watch with a continuous-sweep secondhand is an example of an analog measurement of time.

  • Digital TimeThe passage of time as recorded on a digital clock, in discrete values, is an example of a digital process

  • Analog is continuous. Digital is discrete.

  • Computer circuitry is made up of a series of switches that store data in one of two elementary-discrete- states: on, or off. = 0= 1OpenClosed

  • 0 and 1 are the only two numbers used in the binary (two numbers)numbering system0 and 1 are binary digitsor bitsDigital computersstore data as binarydigits.

  • Pascals calculator - 1642A series of gears, turned by hand, rotated a wheel with numbersthat showed in a window. When the number in the ones columnreached nine, it turned the wheel in the tens column to 1, andthe ones column returned to zero. Pascal invented his device to relieve the fatigue of spiritassociated with the work of doing arithmetic.A mechanical device, not programmable

  • Jacquards Loom - 1804Instructions for weavingpatterns into cloth were fedinto Jacquards machine by this early version of punched cards that were made of wood.

    The red arrows show thecards entering and leaving the machine.

    A mechanical device, that was programmable

  • Babbages Difference Engine - 1822A crank was turned to perform a mechanical progression of numbered gears in columns that, like Pascals calculator,represented increasing powers of ten.

  • Holleriths tabulatorLike Pacals calculator, and Babbages difference engine numbers were carried over from one column to the next. The great advantage of this device was the use of electric motors to drive mechanical parts, and punched cards to input data.In 1880 it took 9 years to tally the results of the US census. Herman Hollerith built an electromechanical calculator that used punched cards to input data on the population (age, gender, numbers in family, etc), and reduced the time to do it in half, on a greater population, with a more detailed analysis.

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  • Mark I - 1944The gears of its predecessors were replaced by mechanicalswitches. Electric motors, were used to drive the mechanicsthat opened and closed the switches, and punched cards wereused to input data.An electromechanical device, that wasprogrammable.

  • On + Off = OffOff + Off = OffOn + On = OnAND Gate

  • On + Off = OnOff + Off = OffOR GateOn + On = On

  • On = Off Off = OnNOT Gate

  • 0+000Operation of a Half Adder= 0

  • 1+001Operation of a Half Adder= 1

  • 0+101Operation of a Half Adder= 1

  • 1+110Operation of a Half Adder= 2

  • Three Things a Computer Does1. Arithmetic functions2. Comparison functions3. MemoryAccomplished with accuracy and speed

  • ENIAC - 1946The first fully electronic calculator used 18,000 vacuum tubesthat replaced the switches of Mark I. The input of data wasaccomplished by turning knobs, reconfiguring telephonepatch cords, and punched cards.

  • UNIVAC I - 1951The first commercial computer sold in the United States.UNIVAC was build by the inventors of ENIAC, J PresperEckert, and John Machly.Computers of the future may weigh nomore than 1.5 tons.

    Popular Science, 1949

  • Vacuum tube: When the grid is positively charged electrons are drawn from the cathode to the anode, creating a closed circuit (1).

    When the grid is negatively charged electronsare repelled, and circuit is open (0).Transistors: Similar in principle to theoperation of a vacuum tube. The solidstate semi-conducting material allowed this switching device to use less energyand produce less heat in a smaller component. Vacuum Tubes and Transistors

  • Vacuum tube, Transistor, and IC

  • Within an integrated circuit (IC)are millions, billions, or trillionsof AND, OR, and NOT gatesembedded in the layers of theminiaturized circuits of the semi-conductor material.Silicon wafers are manufacturedin clean rooms to prevent thesmallest contaminate from beingintroduced.Integrated Circuits

  • Generations of Electronic Computing1st - 1951- 57 Vacuum tubes

    2nd - 1958 - 63 Transistors

    3rd - 1964 - 69 Integrated circuits

    4th - 1970 - 90 Very large scale integration (VLSI) leading to the microprocessor (computer in single chip).

    5th - 1999 - Age of connectivity

  • Binary numbering1248163264128256512= 140 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0= 421 0 1 0 1 01 1 1 1 1 1 1= 127

  • Binary numbering841128010100

  • Binary numbering400151210010038400

  • Picture Elements (PIXELS)An image displayed on a monitor is comprisedof individual dots calledpixels.

    One bit of computer memory (on or off)is all it takes to light up a pixel, or not. One Pixel

  • Picture Elements (PIXELS)The sum of the pixelsin an image displayforms a matrix

  • MRI: Mid-sagittalplane, brain scan.

    Scale of contrast 21

    Only one bit of datais needed to controleach pixel: on or off.

    21 Scale of Contrast

  • Question: How can a simple on/off switch be used to store complex information that contains many shades of gray?Answer: Many switches are used in combination.

  • On/off switches are arranged in groups of eight in the computers circuitryCCEight bits = one byteConsider the expanded gray scale of two switches in combination. (Chapter 2 has a complete explanation of the binary numbering system.)In addition to turning the electron been on and off, a second switch stores values that control the quantity of electrons in the beam, creating a gray scale.

  • With enough bytes of memory, any number can be represented by combinations of binary digitsoffonon16 8 4 2 11 0 1 = 51 1 1 = 7

  • 250The number 47 defines theshade of gray for the pixelin column 250, row 210.

    Printout of the datain the matrix of aCT image

  • Column 250Row 210Values of digits stored in bytes of computer memory directly correspond to the illumination of pixels. In this case, the pixel in column 250, row 210.

  • A representation of a CT section as image data,anal