Radiation exposure for coronary artery calcium score at prospective 320 row multi-detector computed tomography

Faisal Khosa, Atif Khan, Waqas Shuaib, Melvin Clouse, Matthew Budoff, Ron Blankstein, Khurram Nasir



To date there is extensive data on the radiation dose for assessing coronary artery calcium scores (CACS) with 4-64 row multidetector MDCT. However with the advent of 320 row MDCT, the entire heart can be imaged in one beat and thus potentially reduce the radiation dose. The aim of this study was to evaluate radiation dose for CACS on low-dose prospective EKG-triggered 320 row MDCT.

Materials and Methods: Informed consent for this retrospective HIPAA-compliant study was waived and approved by our institution’s institutional review board IRB. One hundred and sixty eight consecutive patients (Male 133 (79%): female 35 (21%), mean body mass index BMI 29±5 and mean heart rate 58± bpm) underwent coronary calcium scoring with prospective gating. The scan parameters were 300 mA, 120 kVp, volume scan length (VSL) 160 mm, gantry rotation 0.350 msec and 320 x 0.5 mm detectors at 320 MDCT. Beta blockers were given to patients in a case heart rate HR > 65 bpm. The effective dose (ED) estimates were calculated for all patients from the dose length product and the conversion factor k (0.014 mSv/mGy/cm) as recommended by current guidelines.

Results: The mean SD radiation was 1.89±0.79 mSv. Overall the range varied from 0.28-2.48 mSv. The radiation was significantly less in females as compared to males (2.02±0.73 vs. 1.41±0.87, p<0.0001). No differences were noted whether HR was <60 vs. >=60 bpm (1.87±0.79 vs. 1.77±0.84 mSv, p=0.45). On the other hand a higher radiation was noted among obese individuals as compared to those with BMI<30 (1.84±0.82 vs. 1.91±0.80 mSv, p=0.62).

Conclusion: Radiation dose obtained from 320-MDCT is similar to those obtained with 4-64 row MDCT. Further studies are needed to assess the feasibility of further lowering the tube current and tube voltage.


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Khosa F, Khan A, Shuaib W, Clouse M, Budoff M, Blankstein R, Nasir K. Radiation exposure for coronary artery calcium score at prospective 320 row multi-detector computed tomography. Int J Cancer Ther Oncol 2013; 1(2):01023.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14319/ijcto.0102.3


Calcium Score; Coronary Artery; MDCT; Radiation

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