Strategies for reducing radiation dose in CT

Radiol Clin North Am. 2009 Jan;47(1):27-40. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2008.10.006.


In recent years, the media has focused on the potential danger of radiation exposure from CT, even though the potential benefit of a medically indicated CT far outweighs the potential risks. This attention has reminded the radiology community that doses must be as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) while maintaining diagnostic image quality. To satisfy the ALARA principle, the dose reduction strategies described in this article must be well understood and properly used. The use of CT must also be justified for the specific diagnostic task.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiation Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Radiation Protection / methods*
  • Radiometry / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / adverse effects