EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Radiation safety, Audit and standards, PACS, CT, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Management, Computer applications, Action 4 - Dose management systems, Safety, Quality assurance, Prospective, Experimental, Performed at one institution
D. R. Ortigoza, J. F. Orejuela, A. Granados, V. Mejía Quiñones
Conclusion and recommendations
Automated dose monitoring tools such as the one developed in this article facilitates the processes of education, audit, and optimization of the different tomography protocols, also of being a methodology that is in line with the objectives of regulation and dose reduction in the radiology studies proposed by organisms and associations of control and radiological protection.
Due to being a tool developed on-site, it is a tool designed exclusively for the analysis of tomography studies carried out within the radiology department, so the integration of new devices, a system update is necessary. With the correct functioning of the tool, it was demonstrated that the integration of automatic tools into the radiology services workflow represents a potential help for the information collection, access, and audit processes; allowing, in the future, improvements in the acquisition protocols to reduce the dose and improve the image quality of the tomography studies, as well as the optimization of acquisition times; the generation of alerts and reporting of studies that exceed the maximum radiation limits in the patient, to activate preventive and corrective measures around patient safety; the development and integration of structured reports where the calculated dose is attached; and allowing the estimation and updating of the reference levels (institutional and regional), which facilitates the development of patient-centered strategies through the customization of studies.