A dose comparison survey in CT departments of dedicated paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia

Hussain Al Mohiy, Jenny Sim, Euclid Seeram, Nathan Annabell, Moshi Geso, Giovanni Mandarano, Rob Davidson

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AIM: To measure and compare computed tomography (CT) radiation doses delivered to patients in public paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia. METHODS: Doses were measured for routine CT scans of the head, chest and abdomen/pelvis for children aged 3-6 years in all dedicated public paediatric hospitals in Australia and Saudi Arabia using a CT phantom measurement cylinder. RESULTS: CT doses, using the departments’ protocols for 3-6 year old, varied considerably between hospitals. Measured head doses varied from 137.6 to 528.0 mGy·cm, chest doses from 21.9 to 92.5 mGy·cm, and abdomen/pelvis doses from 24.9 to 118.0 mGy·cm. Mean head and abdomen/pelvis doses delivered in Saudi Arabian paediatric CT departments were significantly higher than those in their Australian equivalents. CONCLUSION: CT dose varies substantially across Australian and Saudi Arabian paediatric hospitals. Therefore, diagnostic reference levels should be established for major anatomical regions to standardise dose.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Journal of Radiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Computed tomography
  • Paediatric
  • Dosimetry
  • Radiation dose

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