X-ray imaging using amorphous selenium: a photoinduced discharge readout method for digital mammography

Med Phys. May-Jun 1991;18(3):421-31. doi: 10.1118/1.596689.


A new digital image readout method for electrostatic charge images on photoconductive plates is described. The method can be used to read out images on selenium plates similar to those used in xeromammography. The readout method, called the air-gap photoinduced discharge method (PID), discharges the latent image pixel by pixel and measures the charge. The PID readout method, like electrometer methods, is linear. However, the PID method permits much better resolution than scanning electrometers while maintaining quantum limited performance at high radiation exposure levels. Thus the air-gap PID method appears to be uniquely superior for high-resolution digital imaging tasks such as mammography.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Selenium
  • Xeromammography / methods*


  • Selenium