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Estimation of CARE Dose 4D quality reference mAs conversion factors for child to adult reference patient in child protocols on Siemens Symbia SPECT-CT systems

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  • Sofie L Hansen
  • Natalie A Bebbington
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Objectives CARE Dose 4D modulates mAs through several mechanisms according to patient size and shape, whilst maintaining user-defined reference image quality on Siemens Symbia single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)-computed tomography (CT) systems. A 20 kg child reference was used in child protocols prior to software version VB10 and a 75 kg adult thereafter. Quality reference mAs conversion factors are estimated for delivering equivalent mAs to children between two comparable SPECT-CT systems using adult and child references for topogram-based patient-size-related dose level adaptations. Methods A child phantom was scanned using child protocols on a Siemens Symbia T16 (child reference) and a Siemens Symbia Intevo Bold (adult reference). On each system, scans of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis were acquired with arms up and down, at 80 and 110 kVp. Quality reference mAs settings of 10-50 were used on the Symbia T16 and 40-200 on the Symbia Intevo Bold. These data were used to propose quality reference mAs (adult/child reference) conversion factors according to scan range, arm position and tube voltage. Results Quality reference mAs for child protocols using the adult reference should multiply the child quality reference mAs by the following factors, to give comparable delivered mAs: arms up 80 kV: 3.8 (thorax), 3.8 (abdomen), 4.3 (pelvis); arms up at 110 kV: 3.8 (thorax), 4.1 (abdomen), 4.6 (pelvis); arms down at 80 kV: 4.0 (thorax), 3.7 (abdomen), 3.9 (pelvis); arms down at 110 kV: 4.3 (thorax), 4.0 (abdomen), 4.2 (pelvis). Conclusion Conversion factors for child to adult dose modulation references are proposed, allowing comparable delivered mAs to a child.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Medicine Communications
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Adult, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Male, Phantoms, Imaging, Quality Control, Radiometry/instrumentation, Reference Standards, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography Computed Tomography/instrumentation

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