Answer to Question #9513 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Equipment/Shielding — Equipment

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:

Q

With regard to flouroscopic techniques, how can I convert dose area product (DAP) to exposure area product (EAP)? Is there a conversion factor?

A

First, the question of how to convert dose area product (mGy per cm2) to exposure area product (R per cm2) can be simplified.

Setting up an equation would give:

mGy cm-2 x X = R cm-2,

where you multiply by a conversion factor, X. 

Before taking up X one can multiply both sides by cm2 to yield:

mGy x X = R.

The question boils down to what is the conversion factor, X between milligray (mGy) and Roentgens (R)? The same factor (X) would be used to convert dose area product in mGy per cm2 to exposure area product in R per cm2.

The absorbed dose in milligray (mGy) is approximately equal to 8.76 times the exposure in R.

So the factor, X is 8.76 and that can be used to convert mGy per cm2 to R per cm2 for diagnostic x rays.

References
Bushberg JT, Seibert JA, Leidholdt EM Jr, Boone JM. The essential physics of medical imaging, 2nd ed. pg 56; New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2002.

National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. Structural shielding design for medical x-ray imaging facilities. Bethesda, MD: National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements; NCRP Report No. 147, pg 2; 2004.

Peter G. Vernig
Radiation Safety Officer

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