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A dose comparison survey in CT departments of dedicated paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia

Al Mohiy, Hussain, Sim, Jenny, Seeram, Euclid, Annabell, Nathan, Geso, Moshi, Mandarano, Giovanni and Davidson, Rob 2012, A dose comparison survey in CT departments of dedicated paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia, World journal of radiology, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 431-438, doi: 10.4329/wjr.v4.i10.431.

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Title A dose comparison survey in CT departments of dedicated paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia
Author(s) Al Mohiy, Hussain
Sim, Jenny
Seeram, Euclid
Annabell, Nathan
Geso, Moshi
Mandarano, Giovanni
Davidson, Rob
Journal name World journal of radiology
Volume number 4
Issue number 10
Start page 431
End page 438
Total pages 8
Publisher Baishideng Publishing Group
Place of publication Pleasanton, Calif.
Publication date 2012-10-28
ISSN 1949-8470
Keyword(s) computed tomography
paediatric
dosimetry
radiation dose
Summary AIM: To measure and compare computed tomography (CT) radiation doses delivered to patients in public paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia.

METHODS: Doses were measured for routine CT scans of the head, chest and abdomen/pelvis for children aged 3-6 years in all dedicated public paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia using a CT phantom measurement cylinder.

RESULTS: CT doses, using the departments' protocols for 3-6 year old, varied considerably between hospitals. Measured head doses varied from 137.6 to 528.0 mGy·cm, chest doses from 21.9 to 92.5 mGy·cm, and abdomen/pelvis doses from 24.9 to 118.0 mGy·cm. Mean head and abdomen/pelvis doses delivered in Saudi Arabian paediatric CT departments were significantly higher than those in their Australian equivalents.

CONCLUSION: CT dose varies substantially across Australian and Saudi Arabian paediatric hospitals. Therefore, diagnostic reference levels should be established for major anatomical regions to standardise dose.
Language eng
DOI 10.4329/wjr.v4.i10.431
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
110320 Radiology and Organ Imaging
111403 Paediatrics
111709 Health Care Administration
029903 Medical Physics
Socio Economic Objective 920203 Diagnostic Methods
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Baishideng
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30076263

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