Description and benefits of dynamic collimation in digital breast tomosynthesis.


X-ray field to image receptor active area alignment is usually tested in mammographic QC. In digital breast tomosynthesis (dBT), the source moves during the acquisition, generating a displacement of the X-ray beam edges relative to the detector, in or out of the detector active area. To minimise unnecessary radiation while maximising the useful field of view, a solution consisting in adjusting the collimation with the source rotation was implemented on the GE SenoClaire dBT system. This solution is described and tested using three different methods based on: (1) images from the detector, (2) a non-screen film and (3) a semi-conductor tool providing the X-ray intensity profile. Method 1 demonstrated a maximum positioning error of 0.3 mm. Method 2 was found non-applicable; Method 3 provided measurements within 1.5 mm. Dynamic collimation enables maintaining an X-ray field to detector congruence comparable with 2D. Measuring the position of the X-ray field edges using a dedicated tool makes routine QC possible.

DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncv095

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@article{Popova2015DescriptionAB, title={Description and benefits of dynamic collimation in digital breast tomosynthesis.}, author={Yana Popova and G Hersemeule and Remy Klausz and Henri Souchay}, journal={Radiation protection dosimetry}, year={2015}, volume={165 1-4}, pages={321-4} }