RADIATION DOSE DETERMINATION in ABDOMINAL CT EXAMINATIONS of CHILDREN at SUDANESE HOSPITALS USING SIZE-SPECIFIC DOSE ESTIMATES

Einas H. Bashier*, I. I. Suliman

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Abstract

In this study, we thought to estimate the radiation exposure of children undergoing multi-detector CT examinations using size-specific dose estimates (SSDE). Console-displayed volume computed tomography dose index (CTDIvol) were recorded for a total of 78 paediatric abdominal CT examinations performed in six hospitals. Measurements of the patient diameters were taken from the mid-slice location on the transverse and scout CT images. Size-specific conversion coefficients were used to translate CTDIvol to the SSDE, according AAPM Report 204. For children aged 0-1 y, CTDIvol, SSDEtrans (from transverse images) and SSDEsco (from scout images) were: 12.80 ± 16.10, 14.43 ± 13.22; and 14.37 ± 13.03 mGy; respectively. For children aged 1-5 y, CTDIvol, SSDEtrans and SSDEsco were: 12.11 ± 14.47, 18.8 ± 18.61 and 16.51 ± 13.55 mGy; respectively. The obtained doses are higher than the corresponding diagnostic reference levels. SSDE increase with patient size as results of tube current modulation and is therefore a valuable tool for dose optimisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-449
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume183
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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