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Combination of a Low-Tube-Voltage Technique With Hybrid Iterative Reconstruction (iDose) Algorithm at Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography

Funama, Yoshinori PhD; Taguchi, Katsuyuki PhD; Utsunomiya, Daisuke MD; Oda, Seitaro MD; Yanaga, Yumi MD; Yamashita, Yasuyuki MD; Awai, Kazuo MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: July/August 2011 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - pp 480-485
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31821fee94
Cardiovascular Imaging

We compare the performance of low tube voltage with the hybrid iterative reconstruction (iDose) with standard and low tube voltage with the filtered backprojection (FBP) using phantoms at computed tomographic coronary angiography. In computed tomographic coronary angiography, application of the combined low tube voltage with iDose resulted in significant image quality improvements compared to the low tube voltage with FBP. Image quality was the same or better despite a reduction in the radiation dose by 76% compared with standard tube voltage with FBP.

From the *Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan; †The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; ‡Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan; and §Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan.

Received for publication January 4, 2011; accepted April 15, 2011.

Reprints: Yoshinori Funama, PhD, Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University, 4-24-1 Kuhonji, Kumamoto 862-0976, Japan (e-mail: funama@kumamoto-u.ac.jp).

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