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Isotropic CT examination of abdomen and pelvis diagnostic quality of reformat

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CT Marketing Philips Healthcare

Sandrasegaran K, Rydberg J, Akisik F, Hameed TA, Dunkle JW.

* Published in Acad Radiol, 2006 Nov (11).

Department of Radiology, UH 0279, 550 N. University Boulevard, Indiana University School of Medicine, IN 46202, USA. ksandras@iupui.edu

Methods
Thirty consecutive patients with intravenous contrast-enhanced abdomino-pelvic CT examinations (Brilliance 40, Philips Medical Systems, Cleveland, OH) were enrolled for the study. The raw data were reconstructed into two sets of source axial images: 0.9-mm slice widths with 0.45-mm reconstruction interval (isotropic resolution) and 4-mm slice widths with 3-mm reconstruction interval (anisotropic resolution: group A). Isotropic data set was reformatted into axial and coronal stacks (groups B and C, respectively) with 4-mm slice width and 3-mm interval. Three independent readers evaluated stacks A to C using a 3-point scale for resolution of hepatic vessels, edge sharpness of kidneys, respiratory motion artifact, reconstruction artifact, noise, and overall image quality.
Results
There was no statistical difference among the groups A to C for vessel resolution, motion artifact, noise, and overall quality. The scores given to group C were significantly lower than those to groups A and B for reconstruction artifacts. There was no difference among groups A to C for overall impression of image quality. The interreader agreements were excellent for axial images (groups A and B) and moderate for coronal reformats.

Conclusion
Isotropic scanning of the abdomen and pelvis allows creation of reformats with similar image quality as similar thickness axial source images. These reformats are of sufficient quality to form the basis of clinical interpretation.
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Brilliance 40-channel
abdomen, artifacts, Body, contrast-enhanced, hepatic artery, image quality, kidney/renal, Pelvis
 

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