Revista chilena de radiología
versión On-line ISSN 0717-9308
RAMOS N, Oswaldo y VILLARREAL U, Manuel. DETERMINATION OF A METHOD FOR CALCULATING MEAN GLANDULAR DOSE IN CONVENTIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY EXAMS. Rev. chil. radiol. [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.4, pp. 197-200. ISSN 0717-9308. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-93082009000500007.
We present the application of a numerical model to estimate the mean glandular dose for mammography. A General Electric mammography system, tube voltaje of 20-35 kV with increments of 1 kV, tube current of 10-250 mAs, anode/filter combinations molybdenum/molybdenum was used. Over a period of two months, data from 162scans with craniocaudal and mediolateral oblique projections in both breasts were recorded. The thickness of the compressed breast ranged from 2.5 to 6.5 cm. The mean glandular dose for each craniocaudal projection ranged from 0.4 to 0.7mGy for a thickness of2.5 cm and 1.9 to 2.8 mGy for a thickness of 6.5 cm. All average values of mean glandular dose estimated by cranio-caudal projection were found to be below the international reference dose value of3 mGy recommended by the American College of Radiology.
Palabras clave : Mammography; mean glandular dose; dose estimation; reference dose.