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Optimizing the tube potential for lumbar spine radiography with a flat-pane digital detector
Örebro University, Department of Natural Sciences.
2009 (English)In: British Journal of Radiology, ISSN 0007-1285, E-ISSN 1748-880X, Vol. 82, no 973, p. 62-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to find the optimal settings for lumbar spine radiography with a flat-panel detector. A CDRAD contrast-detail phantom was imaged at various tube potentials, system speeds and filtration settings. Factorial experiments yielded a range of optimized exposure settings, which were submitted to visual grading analysis with images of an Alderson phantom. The first optimized settings involved a system speed increase from 400 to 800. For anteroposterior projection, the optimal tube potential was reduced from the default of 77 kV to 60 kV to give the best image quality without increasing the effective dose, or to 66 kV to give the lowest dose without reducing image quality. For lateral projection, the tube potential was similarly reduced from the default of 90 kV to 70 kV or 77 W. Visual grading analysis confirmed the results, with significantly better image quality when optimizing for image quality. The study thus shows that the tube potential can be reduced as long as the system speed is increased simultaneously. This leads to a lower effective dose and/or increased image quality depending on the settings chosen. The factorial experiments provided a powerful way to evaluate several parameters concomitantly.

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2009. Vol. 82, no 973, p. 62-68
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-13405DOI: 10.1259/bjr/56572915ISI: 000262680200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-13405DiVA: diva2:389571
Available from: 2011-01-19 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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