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Date:7/15/2010

d meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in Philadelphia, Cody and her colleagues will cover this new approach based on modern CT scanners' helical motion around a center point in the field. She doesn't expect any new standard to be adopted immediately, she says. Rather, she expects it would "take a while for everyone to converge, and we'll probably be using both approaches for a while until a transition is made."

The presentation "Current and Future Measurements of CT Dose" by D Cody will be at 1:55 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 in Room 201B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

ABSTRACT: http://www.aapm.org/meetings/amos2/pdf/49-14529-33931-56.pdf


7) Medical IMAGING SYSTEMS Get a Check-Up

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 19, 2010) -- Patients aren't the only ones getting check-ups in hospitals. The medical scanners that radiologist use to peer into the human body must be periodically tested to make sure that they are functioning efficiently and to minimize the radiation doses received during a scan.

Currently, no common standard exists for testing scanners used for digital radiography. Different healthcare facilities use different, subjective procedures.

"There are inconsistencies between hospitals, and it can be difficult to assess which machines are actually performing well," says Andrew Kuhls-Gilcrist of the University at Buffalo, N.Y.

Today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in Philadelphia, Kuhls-Gilcrist and his colleagues in Professor Stephen Rudin's group at the UB Toshiba Stroke Research Center will describe how they have developed one possible solution -- a standard calibration method that bridges the gap between the laboratory and the clinic. They've adapted the precise techniques used by scientists to test new scanner technologies
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