EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Fluoroscopy, Digital radiography, CT, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Radiation physics, Management, Action 11 - Dialogue with industry, Cost-effectiveness, Equipment, Technical aspects, Education and training, Quality assurance, Not applicable
H. Sundström, J. Sjöberg, J. S. Andersson
The Swedish national quality assurance project for radiological equipment has the aim to facilitate understanding of manufacturer specific tests performed during installation of equipment and maintenance work. Furthermore, the project has a stated goal that the accumulated knowledge is directed towards a national implementation of manufacturer methods for quality assurance in healthcare quality management systems (QMS).
A national task group (TG) of medical physicists and medical engineers was assembled in 2017 with members from all public and major private healthcare providers in Sweden. The TG included observers from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and most of the manufacturers in Sweden. The TG is performing a systematic review of manufacturer methods and compare these with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for all types of x-ray equipment.
The Swedish national implementation of manufacturer specific quality assurance for radiological equipment was initiated after a successful pilot in the county of Västerbotten, where approximately 20 different radiology equipment makes and models were evaluated with regard to manufacturer QC methods (a total of 100 equipment units in clinical production).