Purpose. To investigate the patient radiation dose saving of grid-less x-ray mammography acquisitions compared with conventional full-field digital mammography (FFDMG). Methods and materials. The Siemens Inspiration MAMMOMAT PRIME system with software based scatter correction was used to investigate the dose saving in grid-less acquisition compared with conventional full-field digital mammography (FFDMG) acquisitions. A Piranha 657 solid-state detector was used to measure the entrance exposure. The entrance exposure was directly measured on different PMMA thicknesses of 20-70 mm in steps of 10 mm. The PMMA block thicknesses were then converted to an equivalent compressed breast tissue thicknesses. The average glandular dose (AGD) is calculated. Results. Dose reduction in both the directly measured entrance exposure and the calculated AGD is between 13% and 32% in the grid-less mammography acquisition. The contrast to noise ratio calculated in the gridless and the FFDMG acquisition also was the same. Conclusion. It was possible to save patient dose (13%-32%) in grid-less mammography acquisition without affecting the image quality.
- Dose reduction
- Image quality