MASTOS: Mammography simulation tool for design optimization studies

Citation
G. Spyrou et al., MASTOS: Mammography simulation tool for design optimization studies, MED INF IN, 25(4), 2000, pp. 275-293
Citations number
49
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Research/Laboratory Medicine & Medical Tecnology
Journal title
MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND THE INTERNET IN MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1463-9238 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
275 - 293
Database
ISI
SICI code
1463-9238(200010/12)25:4<275:MMSTFD>2.0.ZU;2-F
Abstract
Mammography is a high quality imaging technique for the detection of breast lesions, which requires dedicated equipment and optimum operation. The des ign parameters of a mammography unit have to be decided and evaluated befor e the construction of such a high cost of apparatus. The optimum operationa l parameters also must be defined well before the real breast examination. MASTOS is a software package, based on Monte Carlo methods, that is designe d to be used as a simulation tool in mammography. The input consists of the parameters that have to be specified when using a mammography unit, and al so the parameters specifying the shape and composition of the breast phanto m. In addition, the input may specify parameters needed in the design of a new mammographic apparatus. The main output of the simulation is a mammogra phic image and calculations of various factors that describe the image qual ity. The Monte Carlo simulation code is PC-based and is driven by an outer shell of a graphical user interface. The entire software package is a simul ation tool for mammography and can be applied in basic research and/or in t raining in the fields of medical physics and biomedical engineering as well as in the performance evaluation of new designs of mammography units and i n the determination of optimum standards for the operational parameters of a mammography unit.