Reduction of the Radiation Dose by Decreasing the Tube Current without Degradation of Low-Contrast Detectability on Abdominal Multi-Detector Row CT: A Phantom-Based Study

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As use of the lowest acceptable radiation dose during routine diagnostic imaging is important, we determined the optimal tube current without degradation of low-contrast detectability on abdominal multi-detector row CT (MDCT). CT scanning was performed with a Catphan® 500 phantom. The optimal tube current was 300 mA on 64-MDCT and 160 mA on 8-MDCT, with a fixed voltage of 120 kV. Reduction of the radiation dose in abdominal CT scanning by lowering the tube current proved to be feasible.

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M. Hu, X. Zhao, J. Song and C. Zhou, "Reduction of the Radiation Dose by Decreasing the Tube Current without Degradation of Low-Contrast Detectability on Abdominal Multi-Detector Row CT: A Phantom-Based Study," Open Journal of Medical Imaging, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 110-115. doi: 10.4236/ojmi.2013.34018.

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