2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Scoliosis Positioning and Breast Exposure

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Student Presentation

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Natalie Mourant


The purpose of this research paper is to present the data collected on patient breast dose related to full spine radiography. A dosimeter was secured to the left and right breast of a phantom patient to calculate the total absorbed breast dose that would be received by a physical patient. The phantom patient was exposed in both anteroposterior (AP) and posteroanterior (PA) positions. Based on the data gathered from the experiment, this paper recommends the use of a compensating filter in combination with PA positioning to reduce breast dose in both male and female patients. The primary goal of this research is to educate radiographers and to equip them with the necessary information to acquire diagnostic images and make decisions that benefit patients.

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