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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 186-188

Radiation doses from chest X-ray examinations for pediatrics in some hospitals of Khartoum State

Department of Radiology, Faculty of Radiologic Sciences and Nuclear Medicine, Ribat National University, Khartoum, Sudan

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N. O. Alatts
Faculty of Radiologic Sciences and Nuclear Medicine, Ribat National University, Khartoum
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DOI: 10.4103/1858-5000.133018

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Introduction: Paediatrics patients deserve special attention because of the higher radiation risks compared with adults. Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine diagnostic reference level through entrance surface dose (ESD) calculations. The overall data consisted of patients doses collected from three major hospitals in Khartoum state. Results: 400 patients were subjected to this study. They are classified into four age groups, 0->1 year, 1->5 years, 5->10 years and 10->15 years old. Anteroposterior (AP) chest X-ray examination is done for them. The ESD calculated using Dose Cal software. The x-ray tube output for each equipment is measured using calibrated ionization chamber (RAD - Check Plus model 06-526). The results obtained are high compared to international diagnostic reference levels for chest. These results will also serve as a base line data for future settings.

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