The purpose of this study was to obtain information on optimum exposure parameter combination on simulated thorax and abdomen examinations using Direct-Digital Radiography (DR) and Computed Radiography (CR) systems. An in-house phantom dedicated for quick QC was utilized as an image quality quantification tool in term of contrast. The optimization was performed on Philips Essenta DR, CR Fuji Profect CS, and CR Agfa 10-X. Exposures were performed using corresponding clinical setting with combinations of kVp, mAs, filters, and a variation of simulated patient thicknesses. The Figure of Merit (FOM) was employed as optimization parameter, calculated as ratio of squared Signal Difference to Noise Ratio (SDNR) and surface dose for every measurement. The image quality was evaluated using Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and Contrast Consistency (CV). Based on FOM, MTF, and CV calculations, acquisitions optimization for thorax examination using DR was obtained on 55-63 kVp, 5-8 mAs, with additional filter 1 mm Al + 0.1 mm Cu. For abdomen examination, the optimized results were 81-102 kVp, 8-12.5 mAs, with additional filters 1 mm Al+0.1 mm Cu and 1 mm Al+0.2 mm Cu. On the other hand, the optimized results using CR on thorax examination were on the range of 55-63 kV, 4-8 mAs, also with the same additional filters with DR. The results of optimization of abdomen examination were on the range of 85-102 kV, 8-20 mAs, and again with the same additional filters. This gave information that different receptors used on the same x-ray unit produced almost similar optimization conditions.
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jun 2019|
|Event||18th Asia-Oceania Congress of Medical Physics, AOCMP 2018 and 16th South-East Asia Congress of Medical Physics, SEACOMP 2018 - Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
Duration: 11 Nov 2018 → 14 Nov 2018