Automatic tube-current modulation in CT - A comparison between different solutions
2005 (English)In: Radiation Protection Dosimetry, ISSN 0144-8420, E-ISSN 1742-3406, Vol. 114, no 1-3, 308-312 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this study, tube-current modulation systems on two different CT equipments have been evaluated: Care Dose from Siemens and Auto mA from GE Medical Systems. Care Dose modulates the tube current in the xy-plane during rotation whereas Auto mA modulates the tube current in the z-direction. xy-Plane modulation was investigated by using an elliptic Poly-methylmethacrylate phantom and a CTDI-ion chamber. To investigate modulation in the z-direction, an anthropomorphic dosimetry phantom (Atom) was used. Tests performed with and without tube-current modulation were compared with respect to absorbed dose and image quality. In the anthropomorphic phantom measurements, the dose savings were 15% using Care Dose and the photon starvation artefacts were negligible. Using Auto mA the absorbed dose depends on the chosen noise level. Image noise becomes more constant throughout the patient but photon starvation artefacts remain. We conclude that the two tube-current modulation techniques show different dose advantages and image quality artefacts. © The Author 2005. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
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2005. Vol. 114, no 1-3, 308-312 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28735DOI: 10.1093/rpd/nch501Local ID: 13907OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-28735DiVA: diva2:249547