CT Simulated Exam Extras

  1. In the CT setting, which describes the concept of basic (or simple) consent?

    A. before the CT exam the tech explains the procedure to the patient and asks them if they agree
  2. A patient is being scheduled for a CT exam of the neck. The patient also needs a number of other diagnostic exams. Which of the following exams may affect the date scheduled for the CT study?

    C. nuclear medicine thyroid scan
  3. All of the following are reasons for obtaining a history before a CT exam is performed EXCEPT:

    C. to verify that the patient has not exceded his radiation limit
  4. What is a general rule regarding the administration of IV contrast media to patients receiving dialysis?

    A. patients on dialysis who still have some residual kidney function should not be given contrast media, patients with end stage renal failure can get contrast media
  5. In many institutions a radiologist is consulted before IV contrast media is given to patients in whom the creatine value is greater than:

    B. 2.0 mg/dL
  6. You complete the CT exam and wll remove the IV catheter. Which of the following medications may necessitate holding pressure on the puncture site for a longer period?

    C. coumadin
  7. In what circumstances is it acceptable to use a large bore tunneled dialysis catheter for the injection of iodinated contrast media?

    A. a dialysis catheter should never be used for contrast media administration
  8. Documentation of IV contrast administration is:

    B. required on all patients and should include the name of the agent, the dose, the flow rate, and the injection site
  9. Which is a TRUE statement regarding venipuncture in a peripheral vein for the placement of an IV line for a CT coronary angiogram?

    B. an indwelling catheter set with a flexible plastic cannula should be used, preferably 20 gauge or larger
  10. Automated injection triggering methods are used to:

    B. effectively accommodate for individual differences in circulation time by adjusting scan delay
  11. Which of the following is TRUE of an ionic contrast medium?

    B. the molecules in an ionic contrast solution dissociate to form ions in water
  12. What property of IV contrast media is responsible for its capacity to increase a structures ability to attenuate the x-ray beam?

    C. iodine concentration
  13. In performing CT colonography, which is an advantage of CO2 over room air?

    A. CO2 induces less spastic response of the bowel wall and is therefore better tolerated by most patients
  14. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis is ordered for a child weighing 18 kg. Using the standard pediatric formula, what dose of iodinated contrast medium is given?

    C. 36mL

    18 kg x 2 = 36mL

  15. Which is a TRUE statement regarding the risk of iodinated contrast media to the fetus?

    A. although no definite risk to the fetus has been identified, not enough studies have been done to conclude that there are no risk
  16. Contrast media induced nephropathy can be defined as:

    A. an acute impairment of renal function that follows the intravascular administration of contrast material and for which alternative causes have been excluded
  17. Which is an advantage of using higher concentration agents?

    B. they deliver the same amount of iodine at a lower flow rate
  18. When a mechanical injector is used, a large air embolism can result from?

    A. the incorrect preparation and inadequate connection of the injector syringe and tubing
  19. What causes barium peritonitis?

    B. barium leaking into the peritoneal cavity from a perforation of the GI tract
  20. When the decision to premedicate is made by the radiologist, it is important that the steriods by started:

    A. at least 6 hrs before contrast administration
  21. Assuming all other factors are held constant, which of the following will increase the radiation dose to the patient for a CT exam of the abdomen?

    B. decreasing the pitch
  22. If a single slice of the abdomen delivered a radiation dose of 8cGy, the entire exam dose from 40 contiguous slices could be estimated as:

    B. 10 to 11.2 cGy
  23. What type of radiation dose measurement is used when scanner manufacturers report to the Food and Drug Administration and prospective clients the doses typically delivered for the machine?

    D. CTDI
  24. How does object size and scan field diameter affect radiation does to the patient?

    A. smaller objects, which are scanned with a small scan field, always absorb a much higher dose than do larger objects, which are scanned with a large scan field
  25. The relastionship between _____ and radiation dose to the patient is linear.

    C. mAs
  26. The radiosensitivity of a developing fetus is greatest:

    B. from conception to 3 months gestation
  27. Which of the following is TRUE concerning CT dose uniformity?

    C. the peripheral dose, or skin dose, of a body scan can be two to three times higher than the central dose
  28. The lifetime risk of an eventual cancer-related death as a result of pediatric CT is approximately 1 in:

    C. 1,000
  29. Why is lead shielding less beneficial in CT than it is in general radiography?

    B. because of the narrow collimation used in CT, not much radiation is scattered to regions outside the selected scan area
  30. Which combination of factors is likely tp result in the lowest radiation dose to the patient?

    D. mAs= 200, kVp= 120, pitch = 1.8, 5mm slice thickness
  31. In CT the uncoupling effect:

    A. occurs with digital technology and refers to the fact that the relationship between dose and image quality is less direct than in film-screen radiopgraphy
  32. Which of the following is a high-attenuation structure?

    A. petrous bone
  33. The process of using raw data to create a new image after the initial image has been generated is typically referred to as:

    B. retrospective reconstruction
  34. In a CT system, what is the function of the generator?

    A. it produces high voltage and transmits it to the x-ray tube
  35. A detectors dynamic range is the:

    D. ratio of the maximum signal measured to the minimum signal the detector can measure
  36. The part of the CT system referred to as the DAS is responsible for:

    D. sampling each of the detector cells many times per second
  37. Increasing the kilovoltage results in an increase in the:

    D. speed of the electrons as they travel from filament to anode
  38. The configuration of the x-ray tube to the detectors determines a scanners:

    B. generation
  39. Which are parts of the systems primary memory?

    A. ROM, RAM
  40. What is an example of a computer output device?

    A. monitor
  41. What two factors control the slice thickness of an MDCT scanner?

    C. collimation of the x-ray beam and width of the detectors in the z-axis
  42. What part of the CT system is responsible for converting the digitized data into shades of gray?

    D. display processor
  43. A hardware component of a CT system that resembles small shutters with an opening that adjusts, dependent on the operators selection of slice thickness, is a:

    C. source collimator
  44. The fraction of a beam of x-rays that is absorbed or scattered per unit thickness of the absorber is referred to as the:

    C. attenuation coefficient
  45. In the production of x-rays, approximately what percentage of the kinetic energy of the projectile electrons is converted to thermal energy?

    C. 99%
  46. The area of the anode where the electrons strike and the x-ray beam is produced is the:

    A. focal spot
  47. MDCT systems that contain parallel rows of equal size detectors are called:

    A. uniform arrays
  48. Which of the following could be retrospectively reconstructed for MDCT data that requires four 2.5mm slices with each gantry rotation?

    C. slices can be combined to produce two 5 mm slices
  49. Computer memory that is imprinted at the factory and is used to store frequently used instructions such as those required for starting the CT system is called:

    D. read-only memory (ROM)
  50. Interpolation, as it is used in CT, is:

    C. a mathematical method to estimate a missing value by taking an average of known values at neighboring points
  51. Image data can be used for:

    A. creating multiplanar reformation
  52. Why is it necessary to apply a filter function to an attenuation profile to create a CT image?

    B. to minimize streaks
  53. What type of filter accentuates the difference between neighboring pixels to enhance spatial resolution?

    A. a bone algorithm
  54. The window width of a specific CT image is set at 120 and the level is set at 50. How is a structure with a measurement of -40 HU displayed?

    C. it is black
  55. A narrow window width is best for:

    D. displaying the white and gray matter of the brain
  56. How is a cursor measurement different than obtaining a region of interested measurement?

    B. a cursor measurement is the HU measurement for a single pixel, whereas an ROI is the average HU for all pixels within the ROI
  57. Using a standard 512 matrix for all studies, which contains the largest pixels?

    A. a scan of the abdomen; DFOV= 44, slice thickness= 5mm
  58. Why is it more common pracice to manipulate the mAs, rather than the kVp, for a CT exam:

    C. scanners offer more mA options and the effect of mAs on image qualit is more predictable
  59. What scan parameter determines how the raw date are filtered in the reconstruction process?

    B. reconstruction algorithm
  60. Which of the following is an imaging challenge that depends on spatial resolution?

    A. tiny, contrast filled arteries that are just 1mm apart
  61. In-plane resolution refers to the resolution:

    A. in the xy direction
  62. Which of the following parameters will produce near isotropic voxels?

    C. DFOV= 35, slice thickness= 0.625mm
  63. Temporal Resolution refers to:

    A. how rapdily the data is acquired by the CT system
  64. What two factors define the quantity of the x-rays energy?

    D. mA and scan time
  65. Which of the following can be described as possessing high inherent contrast?

    B. lungs
  66. In the computing world, _____ is used to describe an arrangement in which two or more components perform the same task- if one element fails the duplication keeps the system functioning while the failed component is repaired.

    A. redundancy
  67. Which is an example of an offline archiving device?

    C. compact disks
  68. Spatial Resolution can be calculated from the analysis of the spread of information within the system using the modulation transfer function. What is a simpler and more direct way to measure spatial resolution?

    B. using a line / pairs phantom
  69. Which aspect of the CT quality control program must be performed by a medical physicist?

    A. dosimetric data
  70. The process in CT by which different tissue attenuations are averaged to produce one less accurate pixel reading is called?

    A. the partial volume effect
  71. The primary method of reducing beam-hardening artifacts is:

    C. filtering the x-ray beam
  72. Effective slice thickness blooming is:

    D. a disadvantage often associated with the interpolation of helical data
  73. If measurements taken around the perimeter if a water phantom are different from those taken at the center of the phantom, than there is a problem with the systems:

    B. cross-field uniformity
  74. Estimate the radiation dose for one CT exam versus the dose from one chest radiograph

    D. one CT exam is equal to or greater than 100 -250 chest radiographs
  75. Which image artifact can result from an improperly centered patient?

    C. out-of-field artifact
  76. Which type of artifact is only present on images produced from MDCT systems?

    D. cone-beam
  77. What causes ring artifacts?

    C. imperfect detector elements either faulty or simply out of calibration
  78. The presence of noise on an image degrades its quality, particularly in:

    B. low-contrast resolution
  79. An image of the abdomen is greatly degraded by quantum mottle. The scan parameters used are as follows: DFOV= 38 cm, slice thickness= 5mm, mA= 240, tube rotation= 0.5 seconds, kVp= 120. What action will have the best chance of reducing or eliminating the quantum mottle for subsequent scans?

    D. increase the mA to 300 and increase tube rotation time to 0.8 seconds
  80. A circular ROI is defined and placed on the image, and the resultant measurement is 3 HU. The standard deviation is 0. It can be surmissed that:

    D. all of the pixels within the region have identical values
  81. The display function that creates a bar graph to show how frequently a range of CT numbers occurs within a specified ROI is called a:

    C. histogram
  82. Comparing the spatial resolution of CT to other modalities:

    C. CT is inferior to general radiography
  83. Changing the slice incrementation is also referred to as:

    A. z-axis reconstruction or chaning the reconstruction interval
  84. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of using helical CT for the diagnosis of PE?

    C. quality images are produced even if the patient is uncoopertive
  85. High density contrast agents, such as barium sulfate, are referred to as:

    D. positive agents
  86. What is the pitch in the following scenario: 64 detector channels used, 0.625mm slice thickness, table movement 55mm per rotation?

    B. 1.375

    • rotation/slice thickness then divided by # of detectors
    • 55/.625= 88 88/64=1.375

  87. When do scan protocols incorporate the use of gapped slices?

    B. when a survey of an area is needed
  88. Pitch is a parameter that is commonly used in helical CT to describe:

    D. table speed
  89. Compare 100mL of Ultravist (iopromide) 300 with 100mL of Ultravist (iopromide) 370.

    B. Ultravist 370 has a higher viscosity
  90. In which of the following situations would an LOCM be beneficial when delivered orally?

    B. when oral contrast is needed for neonatal CT exam
  91. The difference among the bolus phase, the non-equilibrium phase, and the equilibrium phase of contrast enhancement is primarily determined by the:

    C. injection rate and scan delay
  92. For routine CT if the chest, abdomen, or pelvis, the range of suggested IV contrast flow rate is:

    A. 2.0-4.0 mL/s
  93. Which of the following might be an appropriate protocol for a CT study that is performed for suspected acoustic neuroma?

    D. 1mm contiguous slices, reconstructed using both standard and bone algorithm, with IV contrast, filmes in two separate window settings
  94. Fresh blood in the brain, as in the case of a recent onset subdural hematoma, will measure approximately:

    C. 70 HU
  95. Patients with metastasis to the brain are at greater risk for _____ after the administration of an IV contrast agent.

    D. seizures
  96. Prospective ECG gatting methods for imaging the heart use a signal, usually derived from the ____ of the patients ECG, to trigger image acquisition.

    C. R wave
  97. When imaging the heart, particularly when the structures of interest are small, such as the coronary arteries a regular heart rate of less than _____ is important.

    C. 70 bpm
  98. Airway imaging is routinely performed:

    A. at both inspiration and expiration
  99. In addition to imaging the pulmonary arterial system for patients with suspected PE, CT venography is sometimes performed to assess for venous thrombosis within the pelvis and lower extremities. How is this accomplished?

    C. a second series is obtained in a delayed venous phase (approx 180 seconds after IV contrast injected) from the iliac crest through the knees
  100. The use of a saline flush after the injection of the iodinated contrast is recommended for CTA pulmonary studies. Why?

    C. to reduce or eliminate bean-hardening artifacts from dense contrast media within the superior vena cava that may obscure small emboli in adjacent vessels
  101. The formation, development, or existence of a clot within the vascular system is referred to as a(an)?

    B. thrombosis
  102. A CT study done for the screening, detecting, or exclusion of pulmonary nodules or infiltrates are typically done:

    C. without IV contrast administration
  103. A patient is being seen in the ER for acute respiratory distress. PEs are suspected and a CT is ordered. A review of the patients history reveals that he is allergic to shellfish. What action should be taken?

    B. a CT exam using a PE protocol is done
  104. A bolus injection of 125mL, of an iodinated contrast media with a concentration of 320mg of iodine/mL, is administered to a 150-pound patient, but becase of an unexpected equipment malfunction scan data could not be acquired. The decision must be made as to whether the patient should be moved to a functioning scanner within the department and the contrast injection repeated. What information will be particularly important for the radiologist making the decision?

    C. evidence of renal impairment or dehydration
  105. On an UNENHANCED abdominal CT, what is the range of CT attenuation values of a normal liver?

    B. 38 to 70 HU
  106. In general, the pancreas is located between the areas of the:

    A. twelfth thoracic and the second lumbar vertebrae
  107. To scan in the nephrographic phase of contrast enhancement, scans should be acquired approximately ____ after a bolus contrast injection.

    A. 80 - 130 seconds
  108. The use of flow control mechanical pressure injectors are recommended for CT studies of the chest, abdomen and pelvis because:

    D. contrast media dose and timing can be easily regulated and reproduced in subsequent studies
  109. In scanning the abdomen, what can be done if the patient is unable to take fluids by mouth?

    D. a NG tube may be inserted for the administration of an oral contrast agent
  110. It is important that all scans be completed before the equilibrium phase of contrast enhancement in studies of the:

    D. liver
  111. Scanning to the adrenal glands in a CT study of the thorax is sometimes performed because:

    D. lung cancer may metatasize to the adrenal glands
  112. As a general rule, this is set at a point that has roughly the same value as the average attenuation number of the tissue of interest. What is it?

    B. window level
  113. The trachea bifurcates at the level of:

    A. T4-T5
  114. An automatic trait that can help to differentiate an adenoma from a malignant adrenal mass on CT scans is its:

    A. intracellular lipid content
  115. A set of ROIs, one placed within the liver and one placed with the spleen, is often used to document:

    A. fatty infiltration of the iver
  116. For a CT of the foot the patient is positioned supine, legs flat on the table, toes pointing straight up. There is no gantry tilt. Images acquired are in the direct _____ plane.

    B. axial
  117. In a preliminary scout view of a patient, the abdomen is determined to be 360mm in length. In this four-slice CT system, the gantry makes a 360 degree rotation each second. The protocol at the institution calls for a 5mm slice thickness. To cover the entire abdominal area in a single helical scans, which set of parameters could be selected?

    B. 15 second total acquisition time, 1.2 pitch
  118. What technique is often used to differentiate the margins of the pancreas from the duodenum?

    A. acquire scans while the patient is a right decubitus position
  119. What is the superior portion of the sternum?

    B. manubrium
  120. Which of the following factors should be adjusted when slice thickness is decreased from 10 to 3 mm?

    D. increase mAs
  121. In scanning the brain, using which of the following reference lines reduces the radiation exposure to the lens of the eye?

    B. glabellomeatal line
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