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ABSTRACT: Computed tomography (CT) imaging contributes to a major part of medical radiation exposure. With regard to patients safety, frequent CT examinations (CTEs) performed on the same patient are of particular concern. Tools for tracking the individual patient radiation exposure history and cumulative dose assessment may become important. Here, the applicability of the NRPB-SR250 software was assessed in a retrospective analysis of radiation doses from CTE made consecutively in male patients. Most of the examinations focused on the abdomen or the whole body. The mean number of CTs per patient was 6.8. Significant cumulative effective doses were observed: 76 (66 %) patients received an effective dose higher than 50 mSv, while the maximum was ∼280 mSv. A more than 3-fold effective dose difference was observed between scanners, depending on the scanning protocols. The NRPB-SR250 software proved to be a robust tool for the assessment of organ doses and the effective radiation dose from CT, while challenges were encountered in finding the precise imaging data in retrospective protocols.
Radiation Protection Dosimetry 06/2012; · 0.91 Impact Factor