Organ dose conversion coefficients in CT scans for Korean adult males and females

Choonsik Lee, Tristan Won, Yeon Soo Yeom, Keith Griffin, Choonik Lee, Kwang Pyo Kim

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Dose monitoring in CT patients requires accurate dose estimation but most of the CT dose calculation tools are based on Caucasian computational phantoms. We established a library of organ dose conversion coefficients for Korean adults by using four Korean adult male and two female voxel phantoms combined with Monte Carlo simulation techniques. We calculated organ dose conversion coefficients for head, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and chest-abdomen-pelvis scans, and compared the results with the existing data calculated from Caucasian phantoms. We derived representative organ doses for Korean adults using Korean CT dose surveys combined with the dose conversion coefficients. The organ dose conversion coefficients from the Korean adult phantoms were slightly greater than those of the ICRP reference phantoms: up to 13% for the brain doses in head scans and up to 10% for the dose to the small intestine wall in abdominal scans. We derived Korean representative doses to major organs in head, chest, and AP scans using mean CTDIvol values extracted from the Korean nationwide surveys conducted in 2008 and 2017. The Korean-specific organ dose conversion coefficients should be useful to readily estimate organ absorbed doses for Korean adult male and female patients undergoing CT scans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-688
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Engineering and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Computed tomography
  • Korean voxel phantoms
  • Monte Carlo radiation transport
  • Radiation dose


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