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Chest radiography: a comparison of image quality and effective dose using four digital systems

Chest radiography: a comparison of image quality and effective dose using four digital systems

Radiation Protection Dosimetry 114(1-3): 273-277

Image quality (IQ) and effective dose for chest radiography was compared for four digital imaging systems that used three different detector technologies: a-Si/TFT flat-panel detector (FPD), scanning-slot/charge-coupled device (CCD) and photostimuable phosphor (PSP). On each system a phantom was exposed at 125 kV(p) for automatic exposure control (AEC) and 2, 4 and 8 Gy receptor dose using identical geometrical conditions. All images were scored as softcopy images by three observers. The effective dose was calculated for each exposure condition. For AEC, superior IQ was observed for the GE FPD compared with all the other systems, which showed similar IQ performance. For all systems the entrance surface dose associated with AEC was within the European recommendations but variations in the effective dose were observed between the four systems. For identical receptor dose levels superior IQ was observed with the FPDs. Thorascan was noted for its low effective dose and Agfa CR was associated with the highest effective dose. FPD systems showed a better overall performance, followed by the CCD and PSP systems.

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PMID: 15933121

DOI: 10.1093/rpd/nch572

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