Practical issues and methodology in assessment of image quality using model observers

Craig K. Abbey, Harrison H. Barrett, Miguel P. Eckstein

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We review the general methodology and discuss practical issues of using mathematical model observers for task-based assessment of image quality in detection tasks with possible signal and background uncertainty. Various aspects of selecting a task, model observer and method of evaluation are discussed. The results of this work re a number of practical guidelines for conducting image quality studies with model observers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-194
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 1997: Physics of Medical Imaging - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 23 1997Feb 23 1997


  • Detection performance
  • Image quality
  • Model observers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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