Low-Dose Noncontrast Examination of the Paranasal Sinuses Using Volumetric Computed Tomography

Pirimoglu B., Sade R., SAKAT M. S. , Ogul H., LEVENT A., Kantarci M.

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, vol.42, no.3, pp.482-486, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/rct.0000000000000699
  • Journal Name: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.482-486
  • Keywords: 320-row detector CT, low dose, paranasal sinus
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: No


© 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate image quality of low dose in noncontrast paranasal sinus computed tomography (CT) using single volumetric 320-row multidetector CT technique. Methods The low-dose protocol including tube voltage of 135 kV and tube current of 5 mAs was chosen based on results of the present phantom study. Forty-six patients were assigned to control group with factory standard settings (120 kVp, 75 mAs), and 46 patients were assigned to study group and underwent noncontrast CT of paranasal sinus with low-dose protocol using single volumetric 320-row multidetector CT device. Objective and subjective image qualities were performed. Results Effective radiation dose calculated for control group scans was 0.45 (SD, 0.39) mSv. It was 0.038 (SD, 0.004) mSv for study group scans. The effective radiation dose of study group was statistically significant lower than control group (P < 0.001). Conclusions Noncontrast paranasal sinus CT imaging can be performed at very low radiation exposure maintaining high image quality with 135 kVp and 5 mAs.