Development of a high quality film duplication system using a laser digitizer: comparison with computed radiography

Med Phys. 1993 Jan-Feb;20(1):51-8. doi: 10.1118/1.597061.


A high quality film-duplication system was developed in order to improve the image quality of duplicated radiographs and to recover improperly exposed films. The system consists of a laser film digitizer, a laser film printer, a workstation, and a magneto-optical disk. Radiographs are digitized by the laser digitizer, processed by the computer for image enhancement, and then printed on a film by the laser printer. A nonlinear density-correction technique is employed in recovering improperly exposed radiographs using the H&D curve of the screen-film system. Using the new duplication system in our department, the average recovery rate was over 80% for chest and abdominal films rejected due to over- or underexposed. The basic imaging properties of the duplication system were compared with those of a Computed Radiography (CR) system and a conventional screen-film system. For low spatial frequencies, the MTF of the CR system is superior to that of the digital duplication system; however, for high spatial frequencies, the MTF of the duplication system is superior. The noise in the duplication system is about half of that in the CR system.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Copying Processes / methods*
  • Copying Processes / statistics & numerical data
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Lasers
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods
  • X-Ray Film*