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A study from MD Anderson shows that, in assessing the appropriate CT dose, a lot of less may be more.
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A CT Acquisition Technique to Generate Images at Various Dose Levels for Prospective DoseReduction StudiesAmerican Journal of Roentgenology | Feb 1, 2011 (Free abstract. Full text $10)
Work by MD Anderson imaging experts shows that analyzing many different low-dose CT images of actual patients are as good as one higher-dose image to investigate the appropriate CT dose for diagnostic studies. The strategy could be "readily implemented at most institutions," they say.
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