Pediatric head computed tomography with advanced modeled iterative reconstruction: focus on image quality and reduction of radiation dose

Hyun Hae Cho, So Mi Lee, Sun Kyoung You

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Abstract

Background: Iterative reconstruction has become the standard method for reconstructing computed tomography (CT) scans and needs to be verified for adaptation. Objective: To assess the image quality after adapting advanced modeled iterative reconstruction (ADMIRE) for pediatric head CT. Materials and methods: We included image sets with filtered back projection reconstruction (the cFBP group, n=105) and both filtered back projection and ADMIRE reconstruction (the lower-dose group, n=109) after dose reduction. All five strength levels of ADMIRE and filtered back projection were adapted for the lower-dose group and compared with the cFBP group. Quantitative parameters including noise, signal-to-noise ratio and contrast-to-noise ratio and qualitative parameters including noise, white matter and gray matter differentiation of the supra- and infratentorial levels, sharpness, artifact, and diagnostic accuracy were also evaluated and compared with interobserver agreement. Results: There was a mean dose reduction of 30.6% in CT dose index volume, 32.1% in dose length product, and 32.1% in effective dose after tube current reduction. There was gradual reduction of noise in air, cerebrospinal fluid and white matter with strength levels of ADMIRE from 1 to 5 (P<0.001). Signal-to-noise ratio and contrast-to-noise ratio in all age groups increased among strength levels of ADMIRE, in sequence from 1 to 5, with statistical significance (P<0.001). Gradual reduction of qualitative parameters was noted among strength levels of ADMIRE in sequence from 1 to 5 (P<0.001). Conclusion: Use of ADMIRE for pediatric head CT can reduce radiation dose without degrading image quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-251
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric Radiology
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020

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Keywords

  • Brain
  • Children
  • Computed tomography
  • Image quality
  • Iterative reconstruction
  • Radiation dose

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