ASTM E1647 - 09

    Standard Practice for Determining Contrast Sensitivity in Radioscopy

    Active Standard ASTM E1647 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    The contrast sensitivity gauge measures contrast sensitivity independent of the imaging system spatial resolution limitations. The thickness recess dimensions of the contrast sensitivity gauge are large with respect to the spatial resolution limitations of most imaging systems. Four levels of contrast sensitivity are measured: 4 %, 3 %, 2 %, and 1 %.

    The contrast sensitivity gauge is intended for use in conjunction with a high-contrast resolution measuring gauge, such as the EN 462 5 Duplex Wire Image Quality Indicator. Such gauges measure spatial resolution essentially independent of the imaging system's contrast sensitivity. Such measurements are appropriate for the qualification and performance monitoring of radiographic and radioscopic imaging systems with film, realtime devices, Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Detector Arrays (DDA).

    Radioscopic/radiographic system performance may be specified by combining the measured contrast sensitivity expressed as a percentage with the spatial resolution expressed in millimeters of unsharpness. For the EN 462 5 spatial resolution gauge, the unsharpness is equal to twice the wire diameter. For the line pair gauge, the unsharpness is equal to the reciprocal of the line-pair/mm value. As an example, an imaging system that exhibits 2 % contrast sensitivity and images the 0.1 mm EN 462 5 paired wires (equivalent to imaging 5 line-pairs/millimeter resolution on a line-pair gauge) performs at a 2 %0.2 mm sensitivity level. A standard method of evaluating overall radioscopic system performance is given in Practice E 1411 and in EN 130681 and for CR it can be found in Practice E 2445.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the design and material selection of a contrast sensitivity measuring gauge used to determine the minimum change in material thickness or density that may be imaged without regard to spatial resolution limitations.

    1.2 This practice is applicable to transmitted-beam radiographic and radioscopic imaging systems utilizing X-ray and gamma ray radiation sources.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The SI units given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific safety statements, see NIST/ANSI Handbook 114 Section 8, Code of Federal Regulations 21 CFR 1020.40 and 29 CFR 1910.96.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    Federal Standards

    29 CFR 1910.96 Ionizing Radiation

    NIST/ANSI Standards

    NIST/ANSIHandbook114 General Safety Standard for Installations Using Non-Medical X-ray and Sealed Gamma Ray Sources, Energies to 10 MeV Available from American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), P.O. Box 28518, 1711 Arlingate Ln., Columbus, OH 43228-0518, http://www.asnt.org.

    Other Standard

    EN13068–1 Radioscopic Testing-Part 1: Qualitative Measurement of Imaging Properties

    ASTM Standards

    B139/B139M Specification for Phosphor Bronze Rod, Bar, and Shapes

    B150/B150M Specification for Aluminum Bronze Rod, Bar, and Shapes

    B161 Specification for Nickel Seamless Pipe and Tube

    B164 Specification for Nickel-Copper Alloy Rod, Bar, and Wire

    B166 Specification for Nickel-Chromium-Iron Alloys (UNS N06600, N06601, N06603, N06690, N06693, N06025, N06045, and N06696), Nickel-Chromium-Cobalt-Molybdenum Alloy (UNS N06617), and Nickel-Iron-Chromium-Tungsten Alloy (UNS N06674) Rod, Bar, and Wire

    E747 Practice for Design, Manufacture and Material Grouping Classification of Wire Image Quality Indicators (IQI) Used for Radiology

    E1000 Guide for Radioscopy

    E1025 Practice for Design, Manufacture, and Material Grouping Classification of Hole-Type Image Quality Indicators (IQI) Used for Radiology

    E1255 Practice for Radioscopy

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    E1411 Practice for Qualification of Radioscopic Systems

    E2002 Practice for Determining Total Image Unsharpness in Radiology

    E2445 Practice for Qualification and Long-Term Stability of Computed Radiology Systems


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1647-09

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