Computed radiography in scoliosis. Diagnostic information and radiation dose.

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
Acta Radiologica (Impact Factor: 1.33). 08/1995; 36(4):429-33. DOI: 10.1080/02841859509173402
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ABSTRACT The diagnostic information and radiation dose in scoliosis examinations performed with air-gap technique using stimulable phosphor imaging plates were determined in a prospective study. Overlapping p.a. images of the thoracic and lumbar spine in 9 patients were obtained with 4 different exposure settings according to patient size. Equal exposure settings were used for the 2 images. Two images of 18 were judged inferior in depicting the landmarks of scoliosis measurement, requiring re-exposure. Sixteen images were judged of adequate or good quality. The mean entrance doses in the central beam for the 4 patient groups were in the interval of 0.05 to 0.12 mGy for both images. The skin doses on the breasts were in the range of 0.00 to 0.03 mGy. The presented technique thus results in a low radiation dose with sufficient diagnostic information in radiography of scoliosis.

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