System Resolution - Annual Quality Control Test
900.12(e)(5)(iii)(A)(1)(2)(3)(4)(5): (A) System Resolution.
(1) Each X-ray system used for mammography, in combination with the mammography screen-film combination used in the facility, shall provide a minimum resolution of 11 Cycles/millimeters (mm) (line-pairs/mm) when a high contrast resolution bar test pattern is oriented with the bars perpendicular to the anode-cathode axis, and a minimum resolution of 13 line-pairs/mm when the bars are parallel to that axis.
(2) The bar pattern shall be placed 4.5 cm above the breast support surface, centered with respect to the chest wall edge of the image receptor, and with the edge of the pattern within 1 cm of the chest wall edge of the image receptor.
(3) When more than one target material is provided, the measurement in paragraph (e)(5)(iii)(A) of this section shall be made using the appropriate focal spot for each target material.
(4) When more than one SID is provided, the test shall be performed at SID most commonly used clinically.
(5) Test kVp shall be set at the value used clinically by the facility for a standard breast and shall be performed in the AEC mode, if available. If necessary, a suitable absorber may be placed in the beam to increase exposure times. The screen-film cassette combination used by the facility shall be used to test for this requirement and shall be placed in the normal location used for clinical procedures.
- A facility is using more than one type of screen-film combination. Must it perform the QC tests separately for each combination used?
- Has FDA specified a standard method for placement of the high frequency end of the bar pattern when performing the system resolution test?
Annual Equipment Quality Control Tests Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) Performance Testing – Annual Physics Survey and Mammography Equipment Evaluation Focal Spot Dimension QC Test Focal Spot Selection Focal Spot Condition/System Resolution – Annual Quality Control Test Technique Factor Selection and Display