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Ronkainen, AP., Al-Gburi, A., Liimatainen, T. et al. A dose–neutral image quality comparison of different CBCT and CT systems using paranasal sinus imaging protocols and phantoms. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 279, 4407–4414 (2022).

A dose–neutral image quality comparison of different CBCT and CT systems using paranasal sinus imaging protocols and phantoms

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Author: Ronkainen, Ari-Petteri1; Al-Gburi, Ali1; Liimatainen, Timo2,3;
Organizations: 1Department of Clinical Radiology, Kuopio University Hospital, Puijonlaaksontie 2, POB 100, 70029, Kuopio, Finland
2Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-15


Purpose: To compare the image quality produced by equivalent low-dose and default sinus imaging protocols of a conventional dental cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner, an extremity CBCT scanner and a clinical multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) scanner.

Methods: Three different phantoms were scanned using dose–neutral ultra-low-dose and low-dose sinus imaging protocols, as well as default sinus protocols of each device. Quantified parameters of image quality included modulation transfer function (MTF) to characterize the spatial response of the imaging system, contrast-to-noise ratio, low contrast visibility, image uniformity and Hounsfield unit accuracy. MTF was calculated using the line spread and edge spread functions (LSF and ESF).

Results: The dental CBCT had superior performance over the extremity CBCT in each studied parameter at similar dose levels. The MDCT had better contrast-to-noise ratio, low contrast visibility and image uniformity than the CBCT scanners. However, the CBCT scanners had better resolution compared to the MDCT. Accuracy of HU values for different materials was on the same level between the dental CBCT and MDCT, but substantially poorer performance was observed with the extremity CBCT.

Conclusions: The studied dental CBCT scanner showed superior performance over the studied extremity CBCT scanner when using dose–neutral imaging protocols. In case a dental CBCT is not available, the given extremity CBCT is still a viable option as it provides the benefit of high resolution over a conventional MDCT.

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Series: European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology
ISSN: 0937-4477
ISSN-E: 1434-4726
ISSN-L: 0937-4477
Volume: 279
Issue: 9
Pages: 4407 - 4414
DOI: 10.1007/s00405-022-07271-4
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
Funding: Open access funding provided by University of Eastern Finland (UEF) including Kuopio University Hospital.
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