Development of phantom for radiographic image optimization of standard patient in the lateral view of chest and skull examination

Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu, Departamento de Doenças Tropicais e Diagnóstico por Imagem, Universidade Estadual Paulista-UNESP, Distrito de Rubiao Junior S/N, Botucatu, 18618-000 Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Applied Radiation and Isotopes (Impact Factor: 1.23). 01/2007; 64(12):1623-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2006.05.006
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We present the construction of a homogeneous phantom to be used in simulating the scattering and absorption of X-rays by a standard patient chest and skull when irradiated laterally. This phantom consisted of lucite and aluminium plates with their thickness determined by a tomographic exploratory method applied to the anthropomorphic phantom. Using this phantom, an optimized radiographic technique was established for chest and skull of standard sized patient in lateral view. Images generated with this optimized technique demonstrated improved image quality and reduced radiation doses.

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