32 Effective doses of NewTom VGi variable volume dental CBCT unit

Wednesday, March 21, 2012: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Presentation Type: Oral Session
J.B. LUDLOW, Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Objectives: Use of variable fields of view (FOV) to limit CBCT image volumes to specific regions of interest (ROI) is a potential means of reducing risk from CBCT imaging. The effectiveness of this approach was evaluated using the NewTom VGi unit by measuring effective dose for a variety of FOVs and ROIs.

Methods: Dosimetry of 6x6cm to 15x15cm FOVs at various resolutions were evaluated using Optical Stimulated Luminescent dosimeters (Landauer NanoDot) placed at 24 locations within and on a RANDO phantom (Ludlow et al 2008). Effective dose was derived using the 2007 ICRP calculation. Exposure settings were optimized for image quality and patient size by the automatic exposure control function of the unit. Data were evaluated with ANOVA.

Results: Significant increases in dose were related to increasing FOV (p=0.015). Significant increases in dose were also related to increasing resolution (p=0.048).

Table: Effective Dose by FOV size and resolution

FOV size and resolution

15x15cm standard resolution

12x15cm standard resolution

8x12cm standard resolution

8x8cm standard resolution

8x12cm high resolution

8x8cm high resolution

Effective Dose in ÁSv

99

86

69

51

235

172

Table: Effective Dose by location and jaw for 6x6cm high resolution FOV

location

posterior

anterior

posterior

anterior

Jaw

mandible

mandible

maxilla

maxilla

Effective Dose in ÁSv

160

117

109

109

Conclusions: Use of variable FOVs and standard resolution reduced dose in every instance in comparison with larger FOVs of the same region or higher resolution.

This research was supported by ImageWorks, Elmsford, NY and NIDCR grant 1R21DE022160-01

This abstract is based on research that was funded entirely or partially by an outside source: NIDCR grant 1R21DE022160-01

Keywords: Radiology and dosimetry
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