|Publication ahead of print|
|Published online||12 January 2022|
Establishing local diagnostic reference levels for adult computed tomography in Morocco
Ibn Tofail University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, Laboratory of Materials and Subatomic Physics,
P.O. Box 133,
2 Moulay Ismail University, Faculty of Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, P.O. Box 11201, Zitoune Meknès, Morocco
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 17 December 2021
In Morocco, the radiation doses received by adult patients are increasing due to the number of CT examinations performed and the larger number of computed tomography (CT) scanners installed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiation doses received by patients for the most common adult CT examinations in order to establish local diagnostic reference levels (DRLs). Data from 1016 adult patients were collected during 3 months from four Moroccan hospitals. Dose length product (DLP) and volumetric computed tomography dose index (CTDIvol) were evaluated by determining the 75th percentile as diagnostic reference levels for the most common examinations including head, chest and abdomen. The DRL for each examination was compared with other studies. The established DRLs in Morocco in terms of CTDIvol were 57.4, 12.3 and 10.9 for CT examinations of the head, chest, abdomen, respectively. For DLP, they were 1020, 632 and 714, respectively. These established DRLs for CTDIvol were almost similar to the UK DRLs at all examinations, higher than the Egyptian DRLs and lower than the Japanese DRLs at the head CT examination, lower than the DRLs from Egypt and Japan at the CT abdomen examination. In terms of DLP, the DRLs were higher than those of the British studies, lower than those of the Egyptian and Japanese studies at the head CT examination were higher at chest CT and lower at abdominal CT than those of all selected studies. The higher level of established DRLs in our study demonstrates the requirement of an optimization process while keeping a good image quality for a reliable diagnosis.
Key words: DRL / CTDI / DLP / computed tomography
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