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10 kVp rule – An anthropomorphic pelvis phantom imaging study using a CR system: Impact on image quality and effective dose using AEC and manual mode

Lança, L. s. et al.

Radiography. VOL 20; NUMBER 4, ; 2014, 333-338 -- Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam Part 4; (pages 333-338) -- 2014

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  • Title:
    10 kVp rule – An anthropomorphic pelvis phantom imaging study using a CR system: Impact on image quality and effective dose using AEC and manual mode
  • Author: Lança, L. s.;
    Franco, L.;
    Ahmed, A.;
    Harderwijk, M.;
    Marti, C.;
    Nasir, S.;
    Ndlovu, J.;
    Oliveira, M.;
    Santiago, A. R.;
    Hogg, P.
  • Found In: Radiography. VOL 20; NUMBER 4, ; 2014, 333-338
  • Journal Title: Radiography.
  • Subjects: Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Medicine; Biotechnology; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; LCC: RC78; Dewey: 616.07572 621.3673
  • Publication Details: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: PurposeThis study aims to investigate the influence of tube potential (kVp) variation in relation to perceptual image quality and effective dose (E) for pelvis using automatic exposure control (AEC) and non-AEC in a Computed Radiography (CR) system. Methods and materialsTo determine the effects of using AEC and non-AEC by applying the 10 kVp rule in two experiments using an anthropomorphic pelvis phantom. Images were acquired using 10 kVp increments (60–120 kVp) for both experiments. The first experiment, based on seven AEC combinations, produced 49 images. The mean mAs from each kVp increment were used as a baseline for the second experiment producing 35 images. A total of 84 images were produced and a panel of 5 experienced observers participated for the image scoring using the two alternative forced choice (2AFC) visual grading software. PCXMC software was used to estimate E. ResultsA decrease in perceptual image quality as the kVp increases was observed both in non-AEC and AEC experiments, however no significant statistical differences (p > 0.05) were found. Image quality scores from all observers at 10 kVp increments for all mAs values using non-AEC mode demonstrates a better score up to 90 kVp. E results show a statistically significant decrease (p = 0.000) on the 75th quartile from 0.37 mSv at 60 kVp to 0.13 mSv at 120 kVp when applying the 10 kVp rule in non-AEC mode. ConclusionUsing the 10 kVp rule, no significant reduction in perceptual image quality is observed when increasing kVp whilst a marked and significant E reduction is observed.
  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1078-8174
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Physical
  • Accrual Information: Quarterly
  • Shelfmark(s): 7237.001000
  • UIN: ETOCRN360818583

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