Demonstration of dose and scatter reductions for interior computed tomography.

Bharkhada D, Yu H, Dixon R, Wei Y, Carr JJ, Bourland JD, Best R, Hogan R, Wang G
J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2009 33 (6): 967-72

PMID: 19940669 · PMCID: PMC2860287 · DOI:10.1097/RCT.0b013e31819f61e2

With continuing developments in computed tomography (CT) technology and its increasing use of CT imaging, the ionizing radiation dose from CT is becoming a major public concern particularly for high-dose applications such as cardiac imaging. We recently proposed a novel interior tomography approach for x-ray dose reduction that is very different from all the previously proposed methods. Our method only uses the projection data for the rays passing through the desired region of interest. This method not only reduces x-ray dose but scatter as well. In this paper, we quantify the reduction in the amount of x-ray dose and scattered radiation that could be achieved using this method. Results indicate that interior tomography may reduce the x-ray dose by 18% to 58% and scatter to the detectors by 19% to 59% as the FOV is reduced from 50 to 8.6 cm.

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Calibration Humans Phantoms, Imaging Radiation Dosage Radiation Protection Scattering, Radiation Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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