Entrance Skin Dose Measurement Using GafChromic Dosimetry Film for Patients Undergoing Coronary Angiography (CA) and Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angiography (PTCA) Procedures
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Interventional radiological procedures often require long fluoroscopic exposure times and high levels of radiation exposure to patients, which often are higher than most radiological examinations except for computed tomography (CT) whose effective doses can be higher, and in addition to having radiation risks that are higher for both patient and medical staff. Therefore it is important to monitor and map the radiation entrance exposure to the patients, to minimize the probability of skin injury, and to detect areas of overlapping radiation fields. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate patient doses in interventional radiology procedures using a new GAFCHROMIC-XR TYPE R DOSIMETER MEDIA X-ray Dosimetry film, which allows mapping of the skin dose distribution, when placed closer to the skin. These radiochromic films can be characterized by a power response dose function when plotting pixel value versus air kerma and have been calibrated up to 5 Gy when using a flatbed scanner. Image analysis was performed using the red channel component of standard the RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) color space image. The association between the Maximum Entrance Skin Doses (MESD) and Dose Area Product (DAP) values for two interventional procedures; coronary angiography (CA), and percutaneous transluminal coronary angiography (PTCA) is investigated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 38 p.
Interventional radiology, Maximum entrance skin dose, DAP, Reference dose, Radiochromic dosimetry film
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7213DiVA: diva2:197873
Al-Haj, Abdullah, Ph D
Nilsson, Bo, Docent