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Journal of Medical Imaging • Open Access

Quantitative performance characterization of image quality and radiation dose for a CS 9300 dental cone beam computed tomography machine
Author(s): Elham Abouei; Sierra Lee; Nancy L. Ford

Paper Abstract

This paper aims to characterize the radiation dose and image quality (IQ) performance of a dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit over a range of fields of view (FOV). IQ and dose were measured using a Carestream 9300 dental CBCT. Phantoms were positioned in the FOV to imitate clinical positioning. IQ was assessed by scanning a SEDENTEXCT IQ phantom, and images were analyzed in ImageJ. Dose index 1 was obtained using a thimble ionization chamber and SEDENTEXCT DI phantom. Mean gray values agreed within 93.5% to 99.7% across the images, with pixel-to-pixel fluctuations of 6% to 12.5%, with poorer uniformity and increased noise for child protocols. CNR was fairly constant across FOVs, with higher CNR for larger patient settings. The measured limiting spatial resolution agreed well with 10% MTF and bar pattern measurements. Dose was reduced for smaller patient settings within a given FOV; however, smaller FOVs obtained with different acquisition settings did not necessarily result in reduced dose. The use of patient-specific acquisition settings decreased the radiation dose for smaller patients, with minimal impact on the IQ. The full set of IQ and dose measurements is reported to allow dental professionals to compare the different FOV settings for clinical use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 2015
PDF: 12 pages
J. Med. Imag. 2(4) 044002 doi: 10.1117/1.JMI.2.4.044002
Published in: Journal of Medical Imaging Volume 2, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Elham Abouei, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Sierra Lee, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Nancy L. Ford, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)

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