Upper limits of the photon fluence rate on CT detectors: case study on a commercial scanner
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Purpose: The highest photon fluence rate that a CT detector must be able to measure is animportant parameter. We calculate the maximum transmitted fluence rate in a commercial CT scanner as a function of patient size for standard head, chest and abdomen protocols.Method: We scanned an anthropomorphic phantom (Kyoto Kagaku PBU-60) with the reference CT protocols provided by AAPM on a GE LightSpeed VCT scanner and noted the tube currentapplied with the tube current modulation (TCM) system. By rescaling this tube current usingpublished measurements on the tube current modulation of a GE scanner we could estimate the tube current that these protocols would have resulted in for other patient sizes. An ECG gatedchest protocol was also simulated. Using measured dose rate profiles along the bowtie filters, wesimulated imaging of anonymized patient images with a range of sizes on a GE VCT scanner andcalculated the maximum transmitted fluence rate. In addition, the 99th and the 95th percentilesof the transmitted fluence rate distribution behind the patient are calculated and the effect of omitting projection lines passing just below the skin line is investigated.Results: The highest transmitted fluence rates on the detector for the AAPM reference protocolswith centered patients are found for head and chest images of small patients, with a maximumof 7.1 · 107 mm−2 s−1 for head and 9.6 · 107 mm−2 s−1 for chest. Miscentering the head by 50 mm downwards increases the maximum transmitted fluence rate to 3.9 · 108 mm−2 s−1 . The ECG gatedchest protocol gives fluence rates up to 2.3 · 108 − 2.4 · 108 mm−2 s−1 depending on miscentering.Conclusion: The fluence rate on a CT detector reaches 1 · 108 − 4 · 108 mm−2 s−1 in standardimaging protocols, with the highest rates occurring for ECG gated chest and miscentered headscans. These results will be useful to developers of CT detectors, in particular photon countingdetectors.
fluence rate, count rate requirements, count rate problem, photon counting CT
Other Physics Topics Medical Equipment Engineering
Research subject Physics; Medical Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187261DOI: 10.1118/1.4954008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187261DiVA: diva2:929512
QC 201605242016-05-182016-05-182016-08-16Bibliographically approved