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Title: Technical Note: Measurement of bow tie profiles in CT scanners using radiochromic film

Purpose: To provide a noninvasive technique to measure the intensity profile of the fan beam in a computed tomography (CT) scanner that is cost effective and easily implemented without the need to access proprietary scanner information or service modes. Methods: The fabrication of an inexpensive aperture is described, which is used to expose radiochromic film in a rotating CT gantry. A series of exposures is made, each of which is digitized on a personal computer document scanner, and the resulting data set is analyzed to produce a self-consistent calibration of relative radiation exposure. The bow tie profiles were analyzed to determine the precision of the process and were compared to two other measurement techniques, direct measurements from CT gantry detectors and a dynamic dosimeter. Results: The radiochromic film method presented here can measure radiation exposures with a precision of ∼6% root-mean-square relative error. The intensity profiles have a maximum 25% root-mean-square relative error compared with existing techniques. Conclusions: The proposed radiochromic film method for measuring bow tie profiles is an inexpensive (∼$100 USD + film costs), noninvasive method to measure the fan beam intensity profile in CT scanners.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States)
  2. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States)
  3. Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23298 (United States)
  4. Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63110 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22413587
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 42; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2015 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ACCURACY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY; DOSEMETERS; FILM DOSIMETRY