Method: 35 observers, at varied levels of education in radiography, attending a European Dose Optimisation EURASMUS Summer School were asked to score 24 images of varying acquisition factors against a clinical standard (reference image) using two alternative forced choice. The observers were provided with 12 questions and a 5 point Likert scale. Statistical tests were used to validate the scale, and scale reliability was also measured. The images which scored equal to, or better than, the reference image (36) were ranked alongside their corresponding effective dose (E), the image with the lowest dose equal to or better than the reference is considered the new optimum acquisition factors.
Results: Four images emerged as equal to, or better than, the reference in terms of image quality. The images were then ranked in order of E. Only one image that scored the same as the reference had a lower dose. The reference image had a mean E of 3.31μSv, the image that scored the same had an E of 1.8μSv.
Conclusion: Against the current clinical standard exposure factors of 70kVp, 20mAs and the use of an anti- scatter grid, one image proved to have a lower E whilst maintaining the same level of image quality and lesion visibility. It is suggested that the new exposure factors should be 60kVp, 20mAs and
still include the use of an anti-scatter grid.
|Title of host publication||OPTIMAX 2014 – radiation dose and image quality optimisation in medical imaging|
|Place of Publication||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||OPTIMAX 2014: radiation dose and image quality optimisation in medical imaging - Lisbon , Portugal|
Duration: 1 Aug 2014 → 31 Aug 2014
|Period||1/08/14 → 31/08/14|
- effective dose
- image quality
- computed radiography
- intra orbital foreign bodies