EuroSafe Imaging 2019
Action 4 - Dose management systems, Action 10 - EuroSafe Imaging Stars, Action 13 - Stakeholder engagement and collaboration, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Radiographers, Professional issues, CT, Diagnostic procedure, Quality assurance
V. Herédia, K. Katsari, A. M. Diniz, C. S. Semedo, J. Gama, C. Casemiro, M. Ramalho, S. Galo
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,
with the majority to be less than 2 minutes.
This may be considered as an adequate time spent for such activities,
when introducing such programs.
Time needed to allocate for this activity will nevertheless depend on the workload of the CT department and ratio of examinations with high dose level alerts and need for justification.
Considering the limitations resulting from the small sample,
further studies could investigate related topics addressed in more depth.