Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dose characteristic for patient examinations at the first clinical X-ray dark-field chest radiography system and to determine whether the effective patient dose is within a clinically acceptable dose range.
Methods: A clinical setup for grating-based dark-field chest radiography was constructed and commissioned, operating at a tube voltage of 70 kVp. Thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) measurements were conducted using an anthropomorphic phantom modeling the reference person to obtain a conversion coefficient relating dose area product (DAP) to effective patient dose at the dark-field system. For 92 patients, the DAP values for posterior-anterior measurements were collected at the dark-field system. Using the previously determined conversion coefficient, the effective dose was calculated.
Results: A reference person, modeled by an anthropomorphic phantom, receives an effective dose of 35 µSv. For the examined patients, a mean effective dose of 39 µSv was found.
Conclusions: The effective dose at the clinical dark-field radiography system, generating both attenuation and dark-field images, is within the range of reported standard dose values for chest radiography.
Keywords: TLD; X-ray dark-field; dosimetry; radiation dose.
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