Objectives: To compare the diagnostic X-ray spectra derived by different methods for a constant potential dental X-ray unit. Materials and methods: Five methods of deriving X-ray spectra for a constant potential dental X-ray unit were compared: measurement by spectrometer using cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) detector, calculation by Monte Carlo simulation, calculation by two different, semi-empirical methods and estimation from transmission data. The dental X-ray set was a Heliodent MD unit (Sirona, Charlotte, NC, USA) operable at 60 or 70 kV. A semiconductor detector was used in the spectrometer measurements and an ionization chamber dosimeter in the transmission measurements. From the five methods, photon-fluence spectra were derived. Based on the photon-fluence spectra, average energies and transmission curves in aluminum were calculated. Results: For all five methods, the average energies were within 2.4% of one another. Comparison of the transmission curves showed an average difference in the range of 1 to 6%. Conclusion: All of the five methods of deriving spectra are in extremely good agreement with each other.
- Radiography, dental
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging