The purpose of this study was to qualitatively evaluate recently introduced Model-based iterative reconstruction method (IMR) and routinely used iterative reconstruction algorithm iDose4 to investigate future dose reduction possibilities for abdominal CT exams. The study contained data from 34 patients who underwent abdominal CT in SkåneUniversityHospital Lund, Sweden. A low-dose scan (CTDIvol3.4 mGy) reconstructed with both iDose4 and IMR and a standard-dose scan (CTDIvol 5.3 mG) reconstructed with iDose4 alone were visually graded in ViewDEX v2.0 by four radiologists using modified EU image criteria. The visual grading characteristics analysis for the evaluation comparing iDose4 standard dose with IMR low dose did not show any statistically significant difference in five of six criteria. In one of the criteria, iDose4 was superior to IMR. The result show promising possibilities are introduced for substantial radiation dose reduction (35%) in abdominal CT imaging when replacing iDose4 with IMR. Still, care should be taken when considering the reproduction of adrenal glands.
- Radiologi och bildbehandling