Small animal absorbed radiation dose from serial micro-computed tomography imaging

Stephanie K. Carlson, Kelly L. Classic, Claire E. Bender, Stephen J. Russell

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Purpose: To determine the radiation dose to mouse cancer xenografts from serial micro-computed tomography (CT) examinations. Procedures: A nude mouse with a 15-mm subcutaneous pancreatic cancer xenograft in the rightflank was used. Radiation exposure to the subcutaneous tumor and the mouse pancreas (to simulate an orthotopic pancreatic tumor model) was measured using lithium fluoride thermoluminescent dosimeters. Ultrafast micro-CT was performed using 80 kVp, 0.26 mA, 0.156 mm slice thickness, 256 slices, 0.7 mm Al filtration, and 60-second image acquisition time (15 mA second). Micro-CT imaging acquisitions were repeated four times. Results: We measured consistently low tumor doses (0.014 to 0.02 Gy; average=0.017 Gy) per scan. Orthotopic doses in the region of the pancreas were also consistently low (0.014 to 0.018 Gy; average=0.016 Gy) per scan. Conclusions: Radiation doses delivered during ultrafast micro-CT serial imaging in the mouse are low and are likely below the threshold to affect tumor growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Imaging and Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Micro-CT
  • Molecular imaging
  • Radiation dose
  • Small animal imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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