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Evaluation of image quality and spatial resolution of low-dose high-pitch multidetector-row helical high-resolution CT in 11 autopsy lungs and a wire phantom

Evaluation of image quality and spatial resolution of low-dose high-pitch multidetector-row helical high-resolution CT in 11 autopsy lungs and a wire phantom

Radiation Medicine 19(6): 279-284

The aim of this study was to evaluate whether low-dose high-pitch (6:1) multidetector-row helical high-resolution CT is appropriate for the evaluation of various pulmonary abnormalities, including faint opacities. Eleven autopsy lungs were scanned with a multidetector-row CT scanner using 2.5 mm x 4 beam collimation, effective slice thickness 3 mm, 6:1 pitch, 0.8 second gantry rotation speed, 20 cm Display FOV, high spatial frequency (bone) algorithm, and various radiation doses (120 kVp; 160, 80, 40, 24, and 8 mAs). The image quality of each CT set was assessed as adequate or inadequate for diagnosis by two independent observers. In addition, a wire phantom was scanned with the same parameters in order to describe the MTF curves. There was excellent agreement between the observers for the evaluation of image quality (kappa statistic, 0.84). The ratio of images evaluated as inadequate for 8 mAs and 24 mAs was significantly higher than that for 160, 80, and 40 mAs (p<0.01: chi-square test). MTF curves of both 8 and 24 mAs were significantly inferior to those of 40, 80, and 160 mAs (p<0.0 1, Friedman test), while the MTF curve of 40 mAs was relatively inferior to that of 160 mAs (p<0.05, Friedman test). More than 40 mAs in combination with 120 kVp is preferable for the evaluation of details of lung parenchyma by high-pitch. multidetector-row helical high-resolution CT.

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