Radiation dose measurements for optimisation of chest X-ray examinations of children in general radiography hospitals

Ibrahim I. Suliman, Sahar O. Elawed

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Abstract

This study was performed to measure the entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) for optimisation of chest X-ray examination of children in general radiography hospitals in Khartoum. ESAK was estimated using the X-ray tube output exposure and patient-specific exposure parameters collected during routine examinations. The estimated ESAK values per radiography ranged from 17 to 89 μGy, 32 to 161, 67 to 242, 77 to 278; and from 95 to 389 μGy for Newborn, 1, 5, 10 and 15 y children, respectively. Doses are comparable with a previous study and are somewhat higher than the UK reference dose levels. The study demonstrated the necessity to follow guidelines for quality radiograph as a key element in the optimisation of X-ray examination of children. Frequent dose measurements are of particular importance for the optimisation of X-ray examination of children in general radiography hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbernct073
Pages (from-to)310-314
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume156
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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