Dosimetric changes with computed tomography automatic tube-current modulation techniques

Dosimetric changes with computed tomography automatic tube-current modulation techniques The study is aimed at a verification of dose changes for a computed tomography automatic tube-current modulation (ATCM) technique. For this purpose, anthropomorphic phantom and Gafchromic® XR-QA2 films were used. Radiochromic films were cut according to the shape of two thorax regions. The ATCM algorithm is based on noise index (NI) and three exam protocols with different NI were chosen, of which one was a reference. Results were compared with dose values displayed by the console and with Poisson statistics. The information obtained with radiochromic films has been normalized with respect to the NI reference value to compare dose percentage variations. Results showed that, on average, the information reported by the CT console and calculated values coincide with measurements. The study allowed verification of the dose information reported by the CT console for an ATCM technique. Although this evaluation represents an estimate, the method can be a starting point for further studies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Radiological Physics and Technology Springer Journals

Dosimetric changes with computed tomography automatic tube-current modulation techniques

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Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Japanese Society of Radiological Technology and Japan Society of Medical Physics
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Imaging / Radiology; Nuclear Medicine; Radiotherapy; Medical and Radiation Physics
ISSN
1865-0333
eISSN
1865-0341
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12194-018-0454-5
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Abstract

The study is aimed at a verification of dose changes for a computed tomography automatic tube-current modulation (ATCM) technique. For this purpose, anthropomorphic phantom and Gafchromic® XR-QA2 films were used. Radiochromic films were cut according to the shape of two thorax regions. The ATCM algorithm is based on noise index (NI) and three exam protocols with different NI were chosen, of which one was a reference. Results were compared with dose values displayed by the console and with Poisson statistics. The information obtained with radiochromic films has been normalized with respect to the NI reference value to compare dose percentage variations. Results showed that, on average, the information reported by the CT console and calculated values coincide with measurements. The study allowed verification of the dose information reported by the CT console for an ATCM technique. Although this evaluation represents an estimate, the method can be a starting point for further studies.

Journal

Radiological Physics and TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Apr 6, 2018

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