Radiation doses were determined to propose national diagnostic reference levels (NDRLs) and achievable doses (ADs) for computed tomography (CT) examinations in Sudan. Doses were estimated from retrospectively collected scan parameters for 1336 CT examinations of adult patients from 14 Sudanese hospitals using CT Expo 2.5 software. ADs and NDRLs were set at the 50th and 75th percentile of the hospital median dose distribution, respectively. The proposed CTDIvol (mGy) ADs ranged from: 10 (chest) to 64 (head), and that of the dose-length product (DLP; mGy.cm) ranged from 366 (chest) to 1225 (head). The proposed CTDIvol (mGy) NDRLs ranged from 15 kidney-ureter-bladder (KUB) to 79 (head), whereas that of the DLP (mGy.cm) ranged from 690 (chest) to 1490 (head). Current doses fell within the upper range of the doses presented in the literature emphasizing the need for implementation of the current ADs and NDRLs for CT to enhance patient protection and dose optimization in Sudan.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health