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Assessment of scatter radiation dose received by comforters and carers during digital breast tomosynthesis mammography

PUBLISHED June 27, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2306p7320081)



Michelle Kostidis1 , Peter Barnes1 , Joshua Varcoe2
  1. Austin Health
  2. Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Conference / event

Research Fest Austin Health 2022, October 2022 (Virtual)

Poster summary

Mammographic imaging can cause considerable stress and anxiety for some patients and may require someone to remain in the room during the procedure to provide both physical and emotional support. As such, these comforters and carers (C&C) are exposed to ionising radiation. Limited evidence is available stating the radiation dose received during a digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) examination. This research aims to determine the optimal standing position for a C&C in the mammography room during a DBT mammogram that results in the lowest radiation dose, whilst providing high-quality imaging, care and comfort to the patient.


Mammography, Tomosynthesis, Radiation risk, Carer, Safety, Dose

Research areas

Medical Imaging, Physics


  1. Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) 2019. Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure. Radiation Protection Series C-5.
  2. STEP Sensortechnik und Elektronik Pockau GmbH. Technical description and operating instructions - Survey meter OD-02. 2016
  3. American College of Radiology, BI-RADS Committee. ACR BI-RADS atlas breast imaging and reporting data system. 2013.
  4. ARPANSA. Ionising radiation in our everyday environment. ARPANSA; 2021


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2023 Kostidis et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Kostidis, M., Barnes, P., Varcoe, J. Assessment of scatter radiation dose received by comforters and carers during digital breast tomosynthesis mammography [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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