NASCI Curriculum

Radiation

 
A. Distinguish between exposure, absorbed dose and effective dose
  • Imaging & Therapeutic Technology
    AAPM/RSNA Physics Tutorial for Residents: Topics in CT: Radiation Dose in CT
    Michael F. McNitt-Gray
    Radiographics November 2002 22:1541-1553; doi:10.1148/rg.226025128
  • Imaging & Therapeutic Technology
    AAPM/RSNA Physics Tutorial for Residents: Topics in CT: Radiation Dose in CT
    Michael F. McNitt-Gray
    Radiographics November 2002 22:1541-1553; doi:10.1148/rg.226025128
C. Understand the weighting factor for various organs and tissues
  • Organ doses to adult patients for chest CT
    Walter Huda, Alexander Sterzik, Sameer Tipnis and U. Joseph Schoepf
    Med Phys. 2010 February; 37(2): 842–847. Published online 2010 January 27. doi: 10.1118/1.3298015PMCID: PMC2826387
E. Dose minimization techniques in cardiac and vascular CT
  1. Scanner based
 
  • Technical Advances in Cardiac CT  (Abstract)
    Stephan Achenbach, Takeshi Kondo
    Cardiology Clinics - February 2012 (Vol. 30, Issue 1, Pages 1-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccl.2011.11.002)
 
  2. Operator based
 
 
 
 F. Understand the implications in terms of dose of increasing the cranio-caudal field of view by "x" cm (e.g. 5 cm) in retrospectively gated cardiac CT.
G. Understand the dose savings from retrospectively gated to prospectively triggered CT.
H. Understand the dose savings from reducing the kvp from 120 to 100