Modulation Transfer Function on Type 38

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Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) values are calculated according to Droege RT, Morin RL. "A practical method to measure the MTF of CT scanners" (Med Phys. 1982 Sep-Oct;9(5):758-60). Authors demonstrate how MTF is related to the standard distribution of pixel values inside a region taken from a bar pattern, with the following relations:

$ MTF \left ( f \right ) = \begin{cases} \frac{\pi\sqrt{2}}{4} \cdot \frac{M \left ( f \right )}{M_0}, & \mbox{if } f \ge f_c/3 \\ \frac{\pi\sqrt{2}}{4M_0} \cdot \sqrt{M^2 \left ( f \right ) - \frac{M^2 \left ( 3f \right )}{9} - \frac{M^2 \left ( 5f \right )}{25} - \frac{M^2 \left ( 7f \right )}{49}}, & \mbox{if } f \ge f_c/11 \end{cases} $

where:

$ M \left ( f \right ) = \sqrt{\sigma_D^2-N^2} $
$ M_0 = |\mu_{bar}-\mu_{bkg}|\sqrt{\frac{n_{bar} \cdot n_{bkg}}{\left ( n_{bar} + n_{bkg}\right )}} $
$ N = \frac{\left ( \sigma_{bar}^2 + \sigma_{bkg}^2 \right )}{2} $

and:

  • $ \sigma_D $: standard deviation of pixel values inside the bar pattern (detail) region
  • $ \mu_{bar} $: mean pixel value of the bars reference region
  • $ \mu_{bkg} $: mean pixel value of the background reference region
  • $ n_{bar} $: number of pixels of the bars reference region
  • $ n_{bkg} $: number of pixels of the background reference region
  • $ \sigma_{bar} $: standard deviation of pixel values inside the bars reference region
  • $ \sigma_{bkg} $: standard deviation of pixel values inside the background reference region

For frequencies outside the range given by the formulas, a linear interpolation is performed.