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Radiologia Brasileira

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COSTA, Milton Melciades Barbosa; NOVA, João Luiz Leocadio da  and  CANEVARO, Lucía Viviana. Effect of additional filtration on radiation doses and image quality in videofluoroscopic studies. Radiol Bras [online]. 2009, vol.42, n.6, pp.379-387. ISSN 1678-7099.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of thys study was to investigate the effect of the addition of aluminum (1 mm) and copper (0.4 mm) filters on effective radiation doses and image quality in videofluoroscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An ionization chamber coupled with an electrometer was added to x-ray tube to measure the kerma area product with 65 kV and 0.7 mA technique, without and with additional filtration. Low contrast, gray scale and spatial resolution were measured utilizing Leeds test objects. Fifteen volunteers underwent pharynx study, ten without and five with aluminum and cooper filters associated, and had the kerma area product/minute compared. RESULTS: The specified filters addition, either separated or associated, allowed an expressive decrease in kerma area product besides an actual improvement in the videofluoroscopic images quality determined by a better gray tones differentiation and increased brightness contrast ratio in the gray curve. CONCLUSION: Additional aluminum and copper filters interposition, especially when associated, results in improved image quality with expressive reduction in the required radiation doses.

Keywords : Videofluoroscopy; Kerma area product; X-ray; Radiological image; Radiation dose.

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