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Comparison of Organ-Based Tube Current Modulation and Bismuth Shielding in Chest Ct: Effect on the Image Quality and the Patient Dose



Comparison of Organ-Based Tube Current Modulation and Bismuth Shielding in Chest Ct: Effect on the Image Quality and the Patient Dose



Radiation Protection Dosimetry 185(1): 42-48



The aim of the study was to compare the absorbed doses and image quality of organ-based tube current modulation (OBTCM) and bismuth shielding of breasts and thyroid against regular tube current modulation in chest CT scan. An anthropomorphic phantom and MOSFET dosemeters were used to evaluate absorbed doses. Image quality was assessed from HU and noise. Relative to the reference scan, the average absorbed dose reduction with OBTCM was 5.2% and with bismuth shields 24.2%. Difference in HU values compared to the reference varied between -4.1 and 4.2 HU in OBTCM scan and between -22.2 and 118.6 HU with bismuth shields. Image noise levels varied between 10.0 to 26.3 HU in the reference scan, from 9.6 to 27.7 HU for the OBTCM scan and from 11.9 to 43.9 HU in the bismuth scan. The use of bismuth shields provided greatest dose reduction compared to the investigated OBTCM.

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PMID: 30544171

DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncy242


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