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The Physics of CT Dosimetry


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction and History

Chapter 2: Derivation of Dose Equations for Shift-Invariant Techniques and the Physical Interpretation of the CTDI-Paradigm

Chapter 3: Experimental Validation of a Versatile System of CT Dosimetry Using a Conventional Small Ion Chamber

Chapter 4: An Improved Analytical Primary Beam Model for CT Dose Simulation

Chapter 5: Cone Beam CT Dosimetry: A Unified and Self-Consistent Approach Including All Scan Modalities - With or Without Phantom Motion

Chapter 6: Analytical Equations for CT Dose Profiles Derived Using a Scatter Kernel of Monte Carlo Parentage Having Broad Applicability to CT Dosimetry Problems

Chapter 7: Dose Equations for Tube Current Modulation in CT Scanning and the Interpretation of the Associated CTDIvol

Chapter 8: Dose Equations for Shift-Variant CT Acquisition Modes Using Variable Pitch, Tube Current, and Aperture, and the Meaning of their Associated CTDIvol

Chapter 9: Stationary Table CT Dosimetry and Anomalous Scanner-Reported Values of CTDIvol

Chapter 10: Future Directions of CT Dosimetry and A Book Summary

About the Author

Robert L. Dixon, Ph.D, FACR, FAAPM is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Radiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, USA and holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. He has taught physics and medical physics for decades, and is a recipient of the Radiology Department's Teaching Excellence Award. He is also a past president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) as well as past Chairman of the AAPM Science Council and CT Committee; and is a past Vice President of RSNA. He has published many papers on CT dosimetry in the journal Medical Physics and is a five-time winner of the SEAAPM Best Publication Award. Prof. Dixon is a member of the IEC MT30 CT committee; is a designated US CT Expert (ANSI); and has been an invited keynote speaker at multiple International Conferences. He has also been a member of the Governing Board and the Executive Committee of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). He was also an airshow performer (1991-2006) flying former military aircraft including an ex- Soviet Air Force jet.


"This book is written by Professor Robert L Dixon who is very famous in the diagnostic radiology, especially for computed tomography (CT) dosimetry work. This book addresses the needs of all medical physicists who are working on the optimization of CT dose. I am confident that who so ever will refer to this book will appreciate its content. Diagnostic radiology is an integral part of any hospital. CT imparts the largest portion of radiation dose among all radiation diagnostic imaging equipment. As the number of examinations is going up every year, `As Low As Reasonably Achievable' (ALARA) principle has become a central issue for any radiation installation with the intention to bring the doses down. Understanding the concept of CT dose index (CTDI) is a very important topic to optimize the patient doses.

Overall, this book is valuable. I certainly recommend this book to all physicists, teachers, and students who want to get involved in CT dose optimization."

- Gurpreet Singh, Journal of Medical Physics, 2019

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