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Systematic scanner variability of patient CT attenuation measurements
Author(s): Philip F. Judy; Richard D. Nawfel; Stuart G. Silverman
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Paper Abstract

CT numbers of the spleen, liver, and trachea air were measured from non-contrast images obtained from 4-channel and 64-channel scanners from the same vendor. Image sections of 1 mm and 5 mm were reconstructed using smooth and sharp kernels. For spleen and liver, no significant differences associated with the variations in kernels or slice thickness could be demonstrated. The increase of the number of channels from 4 to 64 lowered the spleen CT numbers from 53 HU to 43 HU (p <0.00001). The 4-channel spleen CT numbers slightly increased as function of patient size, while the 64-channel CT numbers decreased as function of patient size. Linear regressions predicted for 40-cm patients the spleen 64-channel CT values were 23 HU lower than 4-channel CT numbers. The smooth kernel, 4-channel trachea air CT numbers had mean of -1004 +/-4.8 HU and the 64-channel trachea air CT numbers had a mean of -989+/-4.5 HU. The patient-size dependencies suggest that the CT attenuation variation is associated with increased scatter in 64-channel MSCT. Using CT number to distinguish solid lesions from cysts or quantitative evaluation of COPD disease using CT images may be complicated by inconsistencies between CT scanners.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7258, Medical Imaging 2009: Physics of Medical Imaging, 72582R (13 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.810750
Show Author Affiliations
Philip F. Judy, Brigham and Women's Hospital (United States)
Harvard Medical School (United States)
Richard D. Nawfel, Brigham and Women's Hospital (United States)
Harvard Medical School (United States)
Stuart G. Silverman, Brigham and Women's Hospital (United States)
Harvard Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7258:
Medical Imaging 2009: Physics of Medical Imaging
Ehsan Samei; Jiang Hsieh, Editor(s)

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