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Effects of human model configuration in Monte Carlo calculations for organ doses from CT examinations

CT検査よる臓器線量のモンテカルロ計算における人体モデル構造が与える影響

高橋 史明; 佐藤 薫; 遠藤 章; 小野 孝二*; 吉武 貴康*; 長谷川 隆幸*; 勝沼 泰*; 伴 信彦*; 甲斐 倫明*

Takahashi, Fumiaki; Sato, Kaoru; Endo, Akira; Ono, Koji*; Yoshitake, Takayasu*; Hasegawa, Takayuki*; Katsunuma, Yasushi*; Ban, Nobuhiko*; Kai, Michiaki*

CT検査は医療行為における有用な診断法となっているが、比較的高い被ばく線量を受けることから、適切な線量管理の必要性が指摘されている。そのため、CT検査における被ばく線量を評価するシステムが、これまでに開発されている。これらのシステムは、モンテカルロ計算で解析した線量データを利用しているが、これにかかわる計算技術,CT検査に用いる装置は常に進歩している。このような背景から、最新の計算技術を利用して、種々の撮影条件に適用できる線量評価システムWAZA-ARIの開発を進めている。WAZA-ARIでは、基盤となる臓器線量データとして、計算コードPHITSと精密人体モデルJMファントムで解析したデータを用いている。JMファントムは平均的な日本人の体格,臓器質量を模擬するモデルであるが、実際の被験者はさまざまな体形,体格を有することから、人体構造の違いによる臓器線量の変化を把握しておくことは重要である。本研究では、異なる人体構造を模擬するICRPの標準ファントムなどを用いた線量解析の結果について述べる。

Computed Tomography (CT) is one of the most useful tools for medical diagnosis, and is becoming a major source of medical exposure in developed countries. Appropriate radiation protection in CT examinations is emphasized by international organizations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), because the patients receive higher radiation doses than in conventional radiography. Medical staffs can acquire dose information on the conditions of some CT examinations with available dosimetry systems, which had been already developed. These systems utilize datasets of organ and tissue doses, which were derived with Monte Carlo calculations. Methods in computational analyses, however, have been improved, since these calculations had been performed. Then, our new dosimetry system for CT examination, WAZA-ARI, is being developed to estimate radiation dose based upon the state-of-art numerical analyses. Our analysis adopts Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) coupled with a voxel-type phantom, JM phantom, for the organ dose calculation. PHITS has advantageous to define the model of photon emission from X-ray tube in a CT device for radiation transport calculations. The physique and mass of organs for JM phantom are similar to those for average Japanese male adults. Since the goal of WAZA-ARI is to provide dosimetric information of arbitrary patient, it is important to evaluate uncertainty due to different configurations in human bodies between JM phantom and individual patients. For this purpose, the organ doses are calculated and compared for different human models; another Japanese male adult voxel phantom and the ICRP reference voxel phantom, which is constructed on the basis of Caucasian data.

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