Acquisition Phase

Phase Included

Scan Delay

Respiration Phase

Anatomical Coverage

Non Contrast

Yes

N/A

Inspiration

kidneys only

Arterial Phase

Yes

Bolus triggered

Inspiration

diaphragm through pubic symphysis

Venous Phase

Yes

60 sec

Inspiration

diaphragm through iliac crest

Delayed Phase

Yes

5-7 min

Inspiration

kidneys through bladder

Scan Comments: Scan ranges are limited to a specific area of interest to avoid unnecessary patient dose. The non-contrast phase can often be excluded for follow up studies. All scans are performed using the ALARA principle. 3D post-processing is performed with this protocol.

 

Technical Parameters

Parameters

kVp

120

Effective mAs

CareDose

Quality 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. The quality reference mAs can be lowered on non-contrast and delayed images (250 mAs).

 

Reconstruction Parameters

Soft Tissue

Thin Data

Thin Data

Lung

Slice Thickness

 3 mm

0.75 mm

 0.75 mm

3 mm

Reconstruction Spacing

 3 mm

0.5 mm

 0.5 mm

3 mm

Reconstruction Algorithm

I40f (2)

I26f (2)

B20f

I70f (2)

Window Width and Level

410/10

410/10

410/10

1600/-500

Reconstruction Comments: 

 

Reconstruction Parameters

Coronal

Sagittal

Slice Thickness

 3 mm

3 mm

Reconstruction Spacing

 3 mm

3 mm

Reconstruction Algorithm

I40f (2)

I40f (2)

Window Width and Level

410/10

410/10

Reconstruction Comments: 

 

Contrast Parameters

Parameters

Contrast Type

 Non-ionic

Contrast Volume

 120 mL

Saline Flush

 N/A

Injection Rate

 4-5 mL/sec

Oral Contrast

 H2O

Contrast Volume

 1000 mL

Comments: Bolus tracking is performed off the abdominal aorta using a 230 HU trigger setting.