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These protocols are based on a 128 slice dual source Siemens CT. Some factors may need to be adjusted for a different CT.

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Indication NAI
Patient Prep Nil
Patient Position  - head first
- patient supine
- arms extended by side
- head as straight as possible

Separate head scan - head in head rest as head protocol
Scan Area 1 - Scan from vertex of the skull to cover whole body including extremities.
2 - Head Foramen Magnum to vertex of skull.
kV/Quality Ref mAs/
Time per Rotation
Body Care kV off
Care dose 4D off
Head Care kV on
Care dose 4D on
Body 120
Head 120
Detector Collimation 0.6mm
Slice Thickness Body 3mm       
Head 4mm
Pitch Body 0.6
Head 0.55
IV Contrast Nil
Scan Delay Nil
Reconstructions Whole Body - 3mm B30f medium smooth baby abdomen (to pacs)
                       0.75mm B30f medium smooth baby abdomen
                       1mm B70f very sharp bone (to pacs)
                       0.75mm B70f very sharp bone
Note: as small a FOV as possible to include whole body when reconstructing whole body.

Thorax for ribs - 1mm B70f very sharp bone (to pacs)

Head - 4mm H37s medium smooth base orbita
          0.75 H37s medium smooth base orbita
          1mm H70h bone (to pacs)
          0.75mm H70h bone
Post Processing Whole Body- 3mm coronal and sagittal B30f medium smooth baby abdomen
Whole Spine - 1mm sagittal B70f very sharp bone
Head-4mm axial,coronal and sagittal H37s medium smooth base orbita
1mm coronal and sagittal H70s bone
3D imaging of head and full body.
Consult with reporting Radiologist re extra reconstructions or imaging.

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  • Date last published: 10 July 2017
  • Document type: Imaging Protocol
  • Services responsible: Paediatric Radiology

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