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Imaging Sci Dent. 2014 Dec;44(4):279-285. English. Original Article.
Oliveira ML , Tosoni GM , Lindsey DH , Mendoza K , Tetradis S , Mallya SM .
Department of Oral Diagnosis, Piracicaba Dental School, State University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil.
Department of Oral Diagnosis and Surgery, Araraquara Dental School, Sao Paulo State University, Araraquara, SP, Brazil.
Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

PURPOSE: To assess the influence of anatomic location on the relationship between computed tomography (CT) number and X-ray attenuation in limited and medium field-of-view (FOV) scans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tubes containing solutions with different concentrations of K2HPO4 were placed in the tooth sockets of a human head phantom. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans were acquired, and CT numbers of the K2HPO4 solutions were measured. The relationship between CT number and K2HPO4 concentration was examined by linear regression analyses. Then, the variation in CT number according to anatomic location was examined. RESULTS: The relationship between K2HPO4 concentration and CT number was strongly linear. The slopes of the linear regressions for the limited FOVs were almost 2-fold lower than those for the medium FOVs. The absolute CT number differed between imaging protocols and anatomic locations. CONCLUSION: There is a strong linear relationship between X-ray attenuation and CT number. The specific imaging protocol and anatomic location of the object strongly influence this relationship.

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