Digital radiographic evaluation of the bile ducts.
This study compares digital radiographic images of the bile ducts in dogs with images obtained using routine radiography. The dogs were infused with iodipamide (2 ml/minute for 30 minutes), and the bile ducts were imaged at 60 minutes using plain radiograph and five digital techniques: (1) dual-energy, (2) DSA-hybrid prepixel shift, (3) DSA-hybrid postpixel shift, (4) a dual-energy film system--Digirad, and (5) scan projection radiography using hybrid subtraction. Six radiologists who were not familiar with digital radiography evaluated the six different studies. The images were presented in a randomized order and each image was evaluated on a five-point scale. There was no difference between the plain radiographs and the dual-energy images. Both of these studies were rated significantly better (P less than .001) than the other four digital images. These results suggest that digital radiography during direct cholangiography may be easily accomplished using a 10% to 15% iodine solution.
Thompson, WM; Burbank, FH; Freimarck, RD; Hall, A; Hedlund, LW
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