Radiation dose optimization research: Exposure technique approaches in CR imaging

A literature review

Euclid Seeram, Rob DAVIDSON, Stewart Bushong, Hans Swan

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on exposure technique approaches in Computed Radiography (CR) imaging as a means of radiation dose optimization in CR imaging. Specifically the review assessed three approaches: optimization of kVp; optimization of mAs; and optimization of the Exposure Indicator (EI) in practice. Only papers dating back to 2005 were described in this review. The major themes, patterns, and common findings from the literature reviewed showed that important features are related to radiation dose management strategies for digital radiography include identification of the EI as a dose control mechanism and as a "surrogate for dose management". In addition the use of the EI has been viewed as an opportunity for dose optimization. Furthermore optimization research has focussed mainly on optimizing the kVp in CR imaging as a means of implementing the ALARA philosophy, and studies have concentrated on mainly chest imaging using different CR systems such as those commercially available from Fuji, Agfa, Kodak, and Konica-Minolta. These studies have produced "conflicting results". In addition, a common pattern was the use of automatic exposure control (AEC) and the measurement of constant effective dose, and the use of a dose-area product (DAP) meter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-338
Number of pages8
JournalRadiography
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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