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J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2009 Jun 17;10(3):3023.

Image quality & dosimetric property of an investigational imaging beam line MV-CBCT.

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  • 1Department of Radiological Sciences, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 220, Memphis, TN 38105, USA.


To measure and compare the contrast to noise ratio (CNR) as a function of dose for the CBCTs produced by the mega-voltage (MV) imaging beam line (IBL) and the treatment beam line (TBL), and to compare the dose to target and various critical structures of pediatric patients for the IBL CBCT versus standard TBL orthogonal port films. Two Siemens Oncor linear accelerators were modified at our institution such that the MV-CBCT would operate under an investigational IBL rather than the standard 6MV TBL. Prior to the modification, several CBCTs of an electron density phantom were acquired with the TBL at various dose values. After the modification, another set of CBCTs of the electron density phantom were acquired for various doses using the IBL. The Contrast to Noise Ratio (CNR) for each tissue equivalent insert was calculated. In addition, a dosimetric study of pediatric patients was conducted comparing the 1 cGy IBL CBCT and conventional TBL orthogonal pair port films. The CNR for eight tissue equivalent inserts at five different dose settings for each type of CBCT was measured. The CNR of the muscle insert was 0.8 for a 5 cGy TBL CBCT, 1.1 for a 1.5 cGy IBL CBCT and 2.8 for a conventional CT. The CNR of the trabecular bone insert was 2.9 for a 5 cGy TBL CBCT, 5.5 for a 1.5 cGy IBL CBCT and 14.8 for a conventional CT. The IBL CBCT delivered approximately one-fourth the dose to the target and critical structures of the patients as compared to the TBL orthogonal pair port films. The IBL CBCT improves image quality while simultaneously reducing the dose to the patient as compared to the TBL CBCT. A 1 cGy IBL CBCT, which is used for boney anatomy localization, delivers one-fourth the dose as compared to conventional ortho-pair films.

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