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CDRH Organ Dose Handbooks

CDRH organ dose handbooks contain reference values of radiation doses absorbed in tissues of patients undergoing representative diagnostic radiological examinations and interventional procedures. Tabulated dose values are normalized to the skin-entrance x-ray exposure (free-in-air), and they are generally derived from computer simulations of radiation transport in mathematical, anthropomorphic phantoms corresponding to average-size patients. Estimations of absorbed doses can be used to foster risk communication between medical physicists, radiologic technologists, radiologists, and patients. When tracked over time in a quality-assurance program, patient dose values are effective indicators of consistency, variability, or anomaly in the safety of radiation associated with clinical practice.

For additional information, please contact Stanley H. Stern, Ph.D., Health Physicist, Radiation Programs Branch, Division of Mammography Quality and Radiation Programs, Office of Health and Industry Programs, CDRH, via telephone, 240-276-3319, or e-mail, stanley.stern@fda.hhs.gov

Some of these documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF) Information on how to obtain the PDF document reader is available.

Title of DocumentDocument Number
Handbook of Selected Organ Doses for Projections Common in Pediatric RadiologyFDA 79-8079
Handbook of Glandular Tissue Doses in MammographyFDA 85-8239
Handbook of Selected Tissue Doses for Projections Common in Diagnostic RadiologyFDA 89-8031
Handbook of Selected Tissue Doses for the Upper Gastrointestinal Fluoroscopic ExaminationFDA 92-8282
Handbook of Selected Tissue Doses for Fluoroscopic and Cineangiographic Examination of the Coronary Arteries (in SI Units) FDA 95-8289
Handbook of Selected Tissue Doses for Fluoroscopic and Cineangiographic Examination of the Coronary ArteriesFDA-95-8288