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Feasibility of dose reduction in lumbar spine multi-slice CT examination with automatic tube current modulation / 中华放射学杂志
Chinese Journal of Radiology ; (12): 1092-1095, 2009.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-392697
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ABSTRACT
Objective To investigate the feasibility of achieving consistent image quality with dose reduction technology in lumber spine MSCT examination with Z-axis automatic tube current modulation (ATCM). Methods Forty-eight patients diagnosed as lumber intervertebral disc protrution scanned twice by MSCT before and after interventional operations with the same coverage from third lumbar vertebra to first sacral vertebra. The first scan (FM) was with fixed tube current of 320 mAs. The follow-up scan was with ATCM with noise index (NI) of 12.0 HU. At the levels of L3-4, L4-5 and 15-S1, image quality, image noise and radiation dose were measured and analyzed. Image quality and radiation dose were compared by paired t-test and the image noise was compared by ANOVA test. Results The dosage of the ATCM had a 31.3% reduction compared with FM, the average DLP was(187.9±66.4)mGy·cm and(273.4±45.4) mGy·cm respectively, where t = 8.205, P < 0.05. The average noise and their deviations for the FM group were (9.8±2.4) HU,(9.9±2.4) HU, and (11.5±3.2) HU at level of L3-4, L4-5, 15-S1, respectively. With ATCM, the average noise was(12.0±0.8) HU, (11.7±0.6) HU, and (11.7±1.4) HU, respectively. There was statistical difference between the two groups (F = 23.31, P < 0.05). The image quality scores for the FM group were (4.7±0.3), (4.5±0.2), (4.5±0.2) and showed no statistical difference to ATCM group (4.6±0.3), (4.5±0.2), (4.5±0.2) at level of L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, respectively, where t = 1.000, P > 0.050 Conclusion ATCM technique with the noise index setting at 12.0 HU can achieved a 31.3% dose reduction while keep the consistent image quality for lumbar spine MSCT study.

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Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Language: Chinese Journal: Chinese Journal of Radiology Year: 2009 Type: Article