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Report No. 282 - Joint AAPM Task Group 282/EFOMP Working Group Report: Breast dosimetry for standard and contrast-enhanced mammography and breast tomosynthesis (2023)

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Currently, there are multiple breast dosimetry estimation methods for mammography and its variants in use throughout the world. This fact alone introduces uncertainty, since it is often impossible to distinguish which model is internally used by a specific imaging system. In addition, all current models are hampered by various limitations, in terms of overly simplified models of the breast and its composition, as well as simplistic models of the imaging system. Many of these simplifications were necessary, for the most part, due to the need to limit the computational cost of obtaining the required dose conversion coefficients decades ago, when these models were first implemented. With the advancements in computational power, and to address most of the known limitations of previous breast dosimetry methods, a new breast dosimetry method, based on new breast models, has been developed, implemented, and tested. This model, developed jointly by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the European Federation for Organizations of Medical Physics, is applicable to standard mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, and their contrast-enhanced variants. In addition, it includes models of the breast in both the cranio-caudal and the medio-lateral oblique views. Special emphasis was placed on the breast and system models used being based on evidence, either by analysis of large sets of patient data or by performing measurements on imaging devices from a range of manufacturers. Due to the vast number of dose conversion coefficients resulting from the developed model, and the relative complexity of the calculations needed to apply it, a software program has been made available for download or online use, free of charge, to apply the developed breast dosimetry method. The program is available for download or it can be used directly online. A separate User's Guide is provided with the software.

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Keywords: dosimetry, mammography, tomosynthesis
Task Group No. 282 - Development of a new universal breast dosimetry method (TG282)/EFOMP Working Group

Ioannis Sechopoulos, David R. Dance, John M. Boone, Hilde TC Bosmans, Marco Caballo, Oliver Diaz, Ruben Van Engen, Christian Fedon, Stephen J. Glick, Andrew M. Hernandez, Melissa L. Hill, Katie W. Hulme, Renata Longo, Carolina Rabin, Wendelien Sanderink, J. Anthony Seibert

Committee Responsible: Breast X-Ray Imaging Subcommittee

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