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Assessment of the variation in CT scanner performance (image quality and Hounsfield Units) with scan parameters, for image optimisation in radiotherapy treatment planning

Davis, Anne, Palmer, A, Pani, Silvia and Nisbet, Andrew (2017) Assessment of the variation in CT scanner performance (image quality and Hounsfield Units) with scan parameters, for image optimisation in radiotherapy treatment planning Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical Physics, 45. pp. 59-64.

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Abstract

Purpose:

To define a method and investigate how the adjustment of scan parameters affected the image quality and Hounsfield units (HUs) on a CT scanner used for radiotherapy treatment planning. A lack of similar investigations in the literature may be a contributing factor in the apparent reluctance to optimise radiotherapy CT protocols.

Method:

A Catphan phantom was used to assess how image quality on a Toshiba Aquilion LB scanner changed with scan parameters. Acquisition and reconstruction field-of-view (FOV), collimation, image slice thickness, effective mAs per rotation and reconstruction algorithm were varied. Changes were assessed for HUs of different materials, high contrast spatial resolution (HCSR), contrast-noise ratio (CNR), HU uniformity, scan direction low contrast and CT dose-index.

Results:

CNR and HCSR varied most with reconstruction algorithm, reconstruction FOV and effective mAs. Collimation, but not image slice width, had a significant effect on CT dose-index with narrower collimation giving higher doses. Dose increased with effective mAs. Highest HU differences were seen when changing reconstruction algorithm: 56 HU for densities close to water and 117 HU for bone-like materials. Acquisition FOV affected the HUs but reconstruction FOV and effective mAs did not.

Conclusions:

All the scan parameters investigated affected the image quality metrics. Reconstruction algorithm, reconstruction FOV, collimation and effective mAs were most important. Reconstruction algorithm and acquisition FOV had significant effect on HU. The methodology is applicable to radiotherapy CT scanners when investigating image quality optimisation, prior to assessing the impact of scan protocol changes on clinical CT images and treatment plans.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Davis, Annea.t.davis@surrey.ac.uk
Palmer, A
Pani, SilviaS.Pani@surrey.ac.uk
Nisbet, AndrewA.Nisbet@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 19 December 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.ejmp.2017.11.036
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Radiotherapy, CT, imaging, optimisation
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 14 Dec 2017 12:11
Last Modified : 26 Jan 2018 12:20
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845270

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