Evaluación de la calidad de los exámenes de tomografía computarizada de columna lumbar en la indicación de hernia discal
Evaluation of the Quality of CT (Computerized Tomography) Examinations of the Lumbar Spine in Indication of Disc Hernia



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Gómez León, N. and Rodríguez González, R. and Calzado Cantera, A. and De Pablo, A.A. and Cuevas Ibáñez, A. and García Castaño, B. and Morán Blanco, L.M. and Morán Penco, P. and Turrero, Agustín (2004) Evaluación de la calidad de los exámenes de tomografía computarizada de columna lumbar en la indicación de hernia discal. Radiología, 46 (4). pp. 219-224. ISSN 0033-8338

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Aim: To apply quality criteria of computerized tomography (CT) of the lumbar spine as defined in the European Guidelines, in four hospitals of the Community of Madrid, using spiral CT (SCT) in the clinical indication of disc hernia. Materials and Methods: There were selected 20 lumbar spine studies from each center. These were evaluated by five independent radiologists in order to determine the degree of adherence to criteria quality of the European Guidelines for such studies. Dosimetric measurements were performed in parallel in order to estimate values of CT dose index (CTDIw), dose length product (DLP) and effective dose for each patient. Results: The results showed a high degree of adherence to image quality criteria in four centers (97-100)%. Median CTDIw values per center were (34-60) mGy; those of DLP were (242-499) mGy·cm, and those of effective dose between 4 and 7 mSv. Conclusion: There has been a good adherence to the quality criteria. In some cases, however, it seems that doses could very well be reduced through a re-thinking of the protocols.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Image Quality; Lumbar Spine; Optimization; Radiation Dose; Spiral Computerized Tomography. EMTREE medical terms: adult; article; clinical article; clinical examination; computer assisted tomography; controlled study; dosimetry; Europe; hospital care; human; imaging system; intervertebral disk hernia; lumbar spine; practice guideline; quality control; radiation dose; radiologist; Spain.
Subjects:Sciences > Mathematics > Applied statistics
Medical sciences > Biology
ID Code:30910
Deposited On:15 Jun 2015 11:51
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