SU-F-I-34: How Does Longitudinal Dose Profile Change with Tube Current Distribution in CT?




To investigate how longitudinal dose profile DL(z) in 30 cm-diameter water cylinder change with tube current (mA) distribution and scan length.


A constant and four variable mA distributions from two previous papers [Dixon et al., Med. Phys. 40, 111920 (14pp.) (2013); Zhang et al., Med. Phys. 41, 091911 (9pp.) (2014)] were adopted in three scan lengths of 10, 28.6, and 50 cm, and all mA distributions had the same average mA over scan ranges. Using the symmetry based dose calculation algorithms and the previously published CT dose equilibration data [Li et al., Med. Phys. 40, 031903 (10pp.) (2013); 41, 111910 (5pp.) (2014)], the authors calculated DL(z) on the phantom central and peripheral axes. Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K-S) test was used to compare the lineshapes of two arbitrary distributions.


In constant mA scans, DL(z) was “bell-shaped”. In variable mA scans, DL(z) approximately followed the mA lineshape, and the K-S distance generally changed with mA distribution. The distance decreased with scan length, and was larger on the central axis than on the peripheral axis. However, the opposite trends were found in the K-S distance between the DL(z) distributions of constant and variable mA distributions.


Radiation dose from TCM scan is best evaluated using the specific tube current distribution. A constant mA based evaluation may lead to inconsistent longitudinal dose profile with that of TCM scan. Their difference in lineshape is larger on the phantom peripheral axis than on the central axis and increases with scan length. This work confirms that radiation dose in CT depends on not only local mA but also the overall mA distribution and scan length. On the other hand, the concept of regional tube current may be useful when scan length is large, tube current peaks near scan range edge, or the target site is superficial.