Objective: To investigate the achievable radiation dose reduction for coronary CT angiography (CCTA)with iterative reconstruction (IR) in adults and the effects on image quality. Methods: PubMed and EMBASE were searched, and original articles concerning IR for CCTA in adults using prospective electrocardiogram triggering were included. Primary outcome was the effective dose using filtered back projection (FBP) and IR. Secondary outcome was the effect of IR on objective and subjective image quality. Results: The search yielded 1616 unique articles, of which 10 studies (1042 patients) were included. The pooled routine effective dose with FBP was 4.2mSv [95% confidence interval (CI) 3.5-5.0]. A dose reduction of 48% to a pooled effective dose of 2.2mSv (95% CI 1.3-3.1) using IR was reported. Noise, contrast-to-noise ratio and subjective image quality were equal or improved in all but one study, whereas signal-to-noise ratio was decreased in two studies with IR at reduced dose. Conclusion: IR allows for CCTA acquisition with an effective dose of 2.2mSv with preserved objective and subjective image quality.

dx.doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20150068, hdl.handle.net/1765/81474
British Journal of Radiology
Department of Radiology

den Harder, A.M, Willemink, M.J, De Ruiter, Q.M.B, de Jong, P.A, Schilham, A, Krestin, G.P, … Budde, R.P.J. (2016). Dose reduction with iterative reconstruction for coronary CT angiography: A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Radiology (Vol. 89). doi:10.1259/bjr.20150068