Acquisition Phase

Phase Included

Scan Delay

Respiration Phase

Anatomical Coverage

Non Contrast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Arterial Phase

Yes

Bolus triggered

Inspiration

Abdomen to include the liver through iliac crest

Venous Phase

Yes

60 sec

Inspiration

Abdomen to include the liver through iliac crest

Delayed Phase

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Scan Comments: All scans are performed using the ALARA principle. A 3D Post Processing is performed with this protocol.

 

Technical Parameters

Parameters

kVp

120

Effective mAs

CareDose

Care Dose Reference mAs

290

Time (Rotation)

0.5 sec

Average Acquisition Time

5-7 sec

Collimation

128 x 0.6mm

Pitch Value

0.6

Scan Direction

Craniocaudal

Comments: CareDose is used to reduce patient dose.

 

Reconstruction Parameters

Soft Tissue

Thin Data

Lung

Slice Thickness

 3mm

 0.75mm

 3mm

Reconstruction Spacing

 3mm

 0.5mm

 3mm

Reconstruction Algorithm

 I40f

I26f /  B20f

 I70f

Window Width and Level

 410/10

410/10

 1600/-500

Reconstruction Comments: Coronal and sagittal image reconstructions are also performed. Additionally, coned down reconstructions are performed specifically over the pancreas.

 

Contrast Parameters

Parameters

Contrast Type

 Non ionic

Contrast Volume

 120ml

Saline Flush

 N/A

Injection Rate

 4-5ml/sec

Oral Contrast

 H2O

Contrast Volume

 1000ml

Comments: Bolus tracking is performed off the abdominal aorta using a 230 HU trigger setting. Adequate distention of the stomach with H2O is key to successfully visualizing the pancreatic head.