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CT Protocol Review - Practical Tips for Imaging Physicists

R Pizzutiello

R Pizzutiello1*, (1) Upstate Medical Physics, Victor, NY

MO-A-218-1 Monday 8:00:00 AM - 8:55:00 AM Room: 218

In the 1980’s and 90’s, when every mammography department had a wet film processor and a sundial to keep the schedule, medical physicists performing mammography surveys were primarily focused on measuring machine performance and image quality. As our professional experience matured, medical physicists began to learn that they were uniquely qualified to help to recommend technique factors that would balance dose and image quality. Technique charts using different kVp, target-filter combinations and AEC modes gradually became common and patients benefitted from our input.

With the revolutionary change in CT Scanner technology and utilization, medical physicists have begun to contribute their expertise to developing and improving CT protocols. This presentation will present practical challenges and offer some directions for the practicing medical physicist who desires to participate in this critical and emerging aspect of imaging physics practice: CT Protocol Review.

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