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Radiation doses in paediatric computed tomography (CT) were investigated for various types of recent CT scanners with newborn and 6-y-old phantoms in which silicon-photodiode dosemeters were implanted at various organ positions. In the head, chest and abdominal CT for the newborn phantom, doses for organs within the scan region were 21-40, 3-8 and 3-12 mGy, respectively. The corresponding doses for the child phantom were 20-37, 2-11 and 4-17 mGy, respectively. In the head, chest and abdominal CT, the effective doses were respectively 2.1-3.3, 2.0-6.0 and 2.2-10.0 mSv for the newborn, and 1.0-2.0, 1.2-6.6 and 2.9-11.8 mSv for the child. Radiation doses for the newborn were at the same levels as those for the child, excepting effective doses in head CT for the newborn, which were 1.8 times higher than those for the child.

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Naruto Sugimoto, Takahiko Aoyama, Shuji Koyama, Chiyo Yamauchi-Kawaura, Keisuke Fujii. Comparison of radiation doses between newborns and 6-y-old children undergoing head, chest and abdominal CT examinations: a phantom study. Radiation protection dosimetry. 2013 Jan;153(1):85-91

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PMID: 22645383

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