Detailed CT dosimetry in Moroccan hospitals as a preparation for the development of national DRL’s.

Document Type : Original Paper


1 faculty of science rabat departement physics

2 faculty of science rabat

3 Physics,Faculty of sciences, University Mohammed V Rabat

4 KU Leuven, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Imaging and Pathology, Medical Physics and Quality Assessment, Belgium.

5 Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven

6 UZ Leuven · Department of Radiology, Belgium.

7 association di fisica milan

8 rabat

9 Departement of Physics, Laboratory of High Energy Physics, Modelling and Simulation, Faculty of Science, Mohammed V Agdal University, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco


Purpose: The aim of this study is to estimate local DRL values for computed tomography (CT) procedures, corresponding to Head, Chest, and Abdomen-Pelvis examinations (single acquisition), in Moroccan hospitals.
Methods: A total of 1917 diagnostic CT examinations were included in this study. Firstly, we analyzed the CT dose indicators CTDIvol and DLP of all the examinations collected. Although we have proposed local diagnostic reference levels just for: head, thorax, abdomen-pelvis, due to the lack of data for the other examinations. Furthermore, we calculated the effective dose for chest examination using CT-expo software to estimate effective and organ dose for chest CT.
The results: showed that the estimated local DRLs using CTDIvol are 48 mGy, 14 mGy, and 12 mGy for head, chest, and abdomen-pelvis respectively, and 986, 496, and 651 for DLP, respectively.
Conclusion: This work establishes local DRLs for CTDIvol and total DLP for head, chest, and abdomen-pelvis procedures and proposes chest effective doses for adult patients. The study shows that the results are conforming to the literature.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 08 September 2021
  • Receive Date: 01 March 2021
  • Revise Date: 26 August 2021
  • Accept Date: 08 September 2021