Indicate the purpose and objective of the case
In 2015 with the installation of one of our x-ray imaging systems our department got offered gridless anti-scatter software. (SkyFlow by Philips). Software was quite expensive so we ended up having the free trial period. During this period we wanted to find out if the patient dose can be effectively managed without ruining the clinical image quality and if the software actually makes radiographers work easier.
Describe the dose management methods/techniques used
Anti-scatter software (SkyFlow) by Philips in this case. Similar softwares are now available by multiple companies but this study was completed with SkyFlow. As a result of removing the conventional grid we also ended up lowering the exposure values, thus effectively managing patient doses.
Provide brief clinical and patient background
Patient doses for thorax study were measured at our hospital’s intensive care unit and compared to our previously used system with conventional anti-scatter grid. Clinical image quality was evaluated by our wards radiologists (Blinded experiment; they were only asked to rate the image quality without any background information).