Reducing Body CT Radiation Dose: Beyond Just Changing the Numbers

Authors: Amy K. Hara1, Clinton V. Wellnitz1, Robert G. Paden1, William Pavlicek1 and Dushyant V. Sahani2

Affiliations: 1 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, 13400 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
2 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

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OBJECTIVE. CT dose reduction has become a top priority for many radiology practices as a result of federal and state initiatives and public concern. Implementing this in practice, however, is difficult because of the variability between practices, CT scanners, radiologist preferences, and institutional capacity.

CONCLUSION. This article will discuss strategies for successful CT dose reduction instituted in multivendor practices.