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To estimate radiation dose during mammorgraphy the best thickness must be know. We present a new method for estimating the thickness of a compressed breast using only the breast image as projected onto a mammogram, calibration data such as the mAs value and image processing techniques. The method proves to be of high accuracy (± 0.2 cm for craniocaudal mammograms) and has the advantage over other methods of allowing retrospective estimation of thickness.

Type

Journal article

Journal

British Journal of Radiology

Publication Date

25/06/1998

Volume

71

Pages

646 - 653