A survey of 14 computed tomography scanners in Greece and 32 scanners in Italy. Examination frequencies, dose reference values, effective doses and doses to organs.

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A survey of examination frequencies, dose reference values, effective doses and doses to organs involving 14 scanners from Greece and 32 scanners from Italy was carried out for the years 1999 and 2000. Examination frequencies per scanner and per year were found to be 3590 for Greece and 4520 for Italy. For the types of examinations considered, CDTI(W) and DLP measurements were taken. Also scan lengths used for the same types of examinations were monitored. For the same types of examinations effective doses were calculated by two methods, and it was found that their mean values ranged from 13.1 mSv for thoracic spine to 1.6 mSv for the brain examinations. From the data of the 14 Greek laboratories, doses to organs were calculated and it was found that the thyroid receives 50.2 +/- 19.8 mGy during a cervical spine examination while the gonads receive 17.8 +/- 6.9 mGy during a routine pelvis examination.

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@article{Papadimitriou2003ASO, title={A survey of 14 computed tomography scanners in Greece and 32 scanners in Italy. Examination frequencies, dose reference values, effective doses and doses to organs.}, author={D. Papadimitriou and Antonis Perris and Aggeliki Manetou and M G Molfetas and Nikolaos Panagiotakis and M Lyra-Georgosopoulou and Konstantinos J Hourdakis and Sophia Kottou and Giampiero Tosi and Daniela Origgi and Sabrina Vigorito}, journal={Radiation protection dosimetry}, year={2003}, volume={104 1}, pages={47-53} }