Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2018, Page: 6-11
Dosage Estimation in Mammography for Quality Assurance and Quality Control Using Adult Mammograms
Oladotun Ayotunde Ojo, Department of Physics, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria
Musibau Adekunle Ibrahim, Department of Information and Communication Technology, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria
Peter Adefisoye Oluwafisoye, Department of Physics, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria
Charles Okechukwu Chime, Department of Radiology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria
Received: Jul. 17, 2018;       Accepted: Aug. 22, 2018;       Published: Sep. 17, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.rst.20180402.11      View  1147      Downloads  92
Any form of X-ray exposure should be carefully monitored and controlled, so that the patient is only exposed to safe amounts. Even though X-ray users are extremely careful when exposing their patients to diagnostic tests, where radiation is involved, it is important to bear in mind how low the risks really are, especially when compared to other forms of radiation exposure. As with any kind of medical procedure, X-rays are safe when they are used properly. When clinically indicated, properly conducted imaging with the smallest risk should be performed. In this study, the optical densities, OD, of adult mammograms, undergoing X-ray exposures was measured from the radiology department of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, with the aid of a densitometer, model MA 5336. The measured optical densities were used to estimate the X-ray radiation dose to patients, undergoing mammography, for the purpose of Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC), in diagnostic and screening. A total of fifty (50) adult mammograms were collected for use in the radiology department of the hospital. The optical densities were measured five times at different spots across the image of each of the mammograms and the mean were obtained, in other to estimate the absorbed dose. The results obtained showed that the mean dose was 0.48 mGy, minimum dose 0.04 mGy, maximum dose 1.07 mGy, range of dose 1.03 mGy, SD 0.24, kurtosis 2.77, 1st Q 0.34 and 3rd Q 0.66. These results were in agreement with those of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), guidance levels in X-ray guided medical interventional procedures.
Exposure, Radiation, Absorbed Dose, Mammograms, Optical Densities
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Oladotun Ayotunde Ojo, Musibau Adekunle Ibrahim, Peter Adefisoye Oluwafisoye, Charles Okechukwu Chime, Dosage Estimation in Mammography for Quality Assurance and Quality Control Using Adult Mammograms, Radiation Science and Technology. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018, pp. 6-11. doi: 10.11648/j.rst.20180402.11
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