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Table 4 Summary of the relevant aspects to take into account for the use of effective dose in medical imaging

From: Dosimetric quantities and effective dose in medical imaging: a summary for medical doctors

Relevant aspect Interest for
Effective dose to “reference persons” can be used for comparing different imaging modalities Comparing
Useful for classifying different types of imaging procedures for communicating risks to clinicians and to patients Risk communication
Useful to inform decisions on justification of imaging procedures, planning research studies, and evaluation of unintended exposures Justification
Uncertainties should be considered and variation in risk with age, sex and population group Uncertainties
Situations in which a single organ receives the majority of the dose Dose distribution
Organ-tissue doses, age and gender Risk estimations