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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health