AP diameter shows the strongest correlation with CTDI and DLP in abdominal and chest CT.
AffiliationRadiography, Institute of Health Care, University of Malta, Malta. email@example.com
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CitationAP diameter shows the strongest correlation with CTDI and DLP in abdominal and chest CT. 2010, 140 (3):266-73 Radiat Prot Dosimetry
JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to investigate the relationships among cross-sectional diameters, weight and computed tomography (CT) dose descriptors (CTDI and DLP) to identify which is best used as a measure for the establishment of DRLs in CT. Data (gender, weight, cross-sectional diameters, dose descriptors) from 56 adult patients attending for either a CT examination of the abdomen or chest was obtained from two spiral CT units using automatic milliampere modulation. The AP diameter was demonstrated as the main contributing factor influencing the dose in CT (CTDI: r(2) = 0.269, p-value < or =0.001; DLP: r(2) = 0.260, p-value < or =0.001) since it has a greater correlation with radiation dose than body weight and can thus be its substitute in dose-reduction strategies and establishment of DRLs. The advantages of using the AP diameter are that it can easily be measured prior to scanning or retrospectively from previous CT images. However, further studies on the practicality of this approach are recommended.