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Influence of patient size on dose to female breast tissue during routine computed tomography scans

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dc.contributor.advisor Stabin, Michael
dc.contributor.author Scully, Peter C.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-15T19:25:02Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-15T19:25:02Z
dc.date.issued 2008-04-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/733
dc.description Highest Honors in Physics
dc.description.abstract Monte Carlo methods are well suited to the evaluation of radiation transport phenomena. The scalable phantoms employed in this project permitted rapid creation of three models of similar geometry, but different body habitus. It is difficult at this point to draw any conclusions about the relationship between patient size and radiation dose to breast tissue during CT scans of the chest. However, the results of DeMarco et al. suggest that we may find a more complicated relationship between breast size and breast dose than we anticipated. Whatever the relationship, it is important that physicians and radiologists realize how dose delivered by CT varies with breast size, so that an effective balance of risks and benefits may be obtained for all patients in diagnostic CT imaging. en
dc.format.extent 123363 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University. Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
dc.subject Radiation en
dc.subject Tomography en
dc.subject Breast en
dc.subject Dose en
dc.subject.lcsh Breast -- Radiography en
dc.subject.lcsh Radiation -- Dosage en
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer -- Tomography en
dc.subject.lcsh Body size en
dc.subject.lcsh Monte Carlo method en
dc.subject.lcsh Diagnostic imaging en
dc.title Influence of patient size on dose to female breast tissue during routine computed tomography scans en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science
dc.description.department Department of Physics & Astronomy


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