Modern medical imaging requires a benefit to risk balance between the diagnostic capabilities of Computerized Tomography (CT) and the ionizing radiation potential risks associated with it.
Due to its advantages of ease of access,
speed and consistency of results,
CT use has been increasing,
and as such,
also radiation exposure (1,2).
With the objective of patient safety and an adequate benefit to risk assessment,
an approach based on Justification,
Standardization and Optimization of examinations is to be implemented (1) and has been promoted by radiology...
Description of activity and work performed
The goal of this study was the preliminarily evaluation of the perception of radiographers,
engaged in a dose management program,
on the impact of an automated dose management software on the daily workflow and whether the perception of the potential advantages of the dose management program and software correlated with the perceived impact on daily workflow.
A survey for radiographers working in CT departments in 6 different outpatient radiology facilities implementing a common dose management program (Dose Excellence Project - DEP),
for at least two...
Conclusion and recommendations
Radiographers considered the dose management program and use of DoseWatch of significant benefit for patients,
and that average DRLs were within national levels.
Impact on workflow was considered minimal or non-existent.
The results suggest that the negative correlation between the perception of benefit to patients from DoseWatch use and perceived impact on workflow should be considered when implementing and evaluating dose management programs.
Time spent for DoseWatch ‘activities’ (such as Alert Justification) per patient was considered by most radiographers to be less than 5 minutes,...
3University of Évora,
5Hospital Garcia de Orta Almada/PT
Financial Disclosure: there are no disclosures of financial interest by the authors.
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