Digital image

Dr Vikas Shah and Mr Andrew Murphy et al.

A digital image is a numerical representation of a via a set of picture elements known as pixels. This simplified article lists three parameters of a digital image that moderate resolution.

Image matrix

The image matrix comprised of columns (M) and rows (N) that define the elements or pixels within an image. The size of an image is:

 
matrix = M x N x k bits


The field of view is the size of the displayed image. However, if you maintain the same FOV and increase the matrix the pixels will be smaller and hence spatial resolution is improved.

Pixel

The pixel is the element that makes up the image matrix, each pixel as a respective value that will represent a brightness level.  The size is determined via:


pixel size = FOV/matrix


A decreased FOV means the pixel is smaller and hence an improvement in spatial resolution.

Voxel 

The voxel is a pixel that represents information that is contained in a volume.

Bit depth (k bit)

The k bit is the number of bits per pixel, the grey scale of an image is equal to 2k-bit, for example:


k bit of 2 = 4 shades of grey
k bit of 8 = 256 shades of grey


The higher the bit depth, the more grey scale and therefore the higher the contrast resolution. 

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