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EuroSafe Imaging 2019 / ESI-0009
Impression of effective doses of MSK examinations in a topclinical teaching hospital
Congress: EuroSafe Imaging 2019
Poster No.: ESI-0009
Type: EuroSafe Imaging
Keywords: Action 2 - Clinical diagnostic reference levels (DRLs), Musculoskeletal system, Digital radiography, CT, Absorptiometry / Bone densitometry, Diagnostic procedure, Dosimetric comparison, Quality assurance
Authors: M. Adriaensen1, K. Vanderdood2, R. M. Kwee1, A. Korsten1, R. A. P. Borghans3, B. JONG3, R. Berendsen1; 1Zuyderland Medical Center Heerlen/NL, 2Orbis Medisch Centrum Sittard-Geleen/NL, 3Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard-Geleen/NL
DOI:10.26044/esi2019/ESI-0009

Background/introduction

 

The importance of radiation safety and the awareness of the radiation burden to the population due to medical imaging has been emphasized by the 2013/59/Euratom directive of the European Union and the subsequent adoption of this directive into national law of the member states since the 6th of February 2018 [1]. In the Netherlands, the NVvR (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiologie i.e. Dutch Society for Radiology) has created a committee Technology and the NVKF (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Klinische Fysica i.e. Dutch Society for Clinical Physics) has been collaborating closely with the Health Inspectorate clarifying and implementing the 2013/59/Euratom directive into daily practice.

 

 

Currently, 13 national Dutch DRLs (Diagnostic Reference Levels) are available [2]. Only one of these DRLs is related to musculoskeletal diagnostic examinations, i.e. X-pelvis AP (300 µGy.m2). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to calculate effective doses of musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging examinations from the available data in our hospital for musculoskeletal diagnostic examinations.

 

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