Review article – Optimisation of exposure parameters for spinal curvature measurements in paediatric radiography

Seraphine de Haan, Cláudia Reis, Junior Ndlovu, Catarina Serrenho, Ifrah Akhtar, José Antonio Garcia, Daniël Linde, Martine Thorskog, Loris Franco, Peter Hogg

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This review aims to identify strategies to optimise radiography practice using digital technologies, for full spine studies on paediatrics focusing particularly on methods used to diagnose and measure severity of spinal curvatures. The literature search was performed on different databases (PubMed, Google Scholar and ScienceDirect) and relevant websites (e.g., American College of Radiology and International Commission on Radiological Protection) to identify guidelines and recent studies focused on dose optimisation in paediatrics using digital technologies. Plain radiography was identified as the most accurate method. The American College of Radiology (ACR) and European Commission (EC) provided two guidelines that were identified as the most relevant to the subject. The ACR guidelines were updated in 2014; however these guidelines do not provide detailed guidance on technical exposure parameters. The EC guidelines are more complete but are dedicated to screen film systems. Other studies provided reviews on the several exposure parameters that should be included for optimisation, such as tube current, tube voltage and source-to-image distance; however, only explored few of these parameters and not all of them together. One publication explored all parameters together but this was for adults only. Due to lack of literature on exposure parameters for paediatrics, more research is required to guide and harmonise practice
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOPTIMAX 2014 – radiation dose and image quality optimisation in medical imaging.
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventOPTIMAX 2014: radiation dose and image quality optimisation in medical imaging - Lisbon , Portugal
Duration: 1 Aug 201431 Aug 2014


SeminarOPTIMAX 2014


  • optimisation
  • spinal curvature measurements
  • effective dose
  • image quality
  • paediatrics
  • imaging phantom
  • computed tomography
  • radiation therapy


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