EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Quality assurance, Dosimetric comparison, Radiation safety, Dosimetry, Diagnostic procedure, Digital radiography, CT, Conventional radiography, Paediatric, Management, Action 2 - Clinical diagnostic reference levels (DRLs), Not applicable
A. Almén, T. Cederlund
Motivation for introducing a benchmarking tool.
Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) were introduced in the ICRP system for radiological protection, as a tool to facilitate the optimization of radiological protection in radiology. The establishment of national diagnostic reference levels, for both adults and children, relies on national or local dose surveys. These surveys are often based on manual data handling. For example, through an electronic format such as Microsoft Excel sheets, which are sent to the National Radiation Safety Authority or other treatment organizations. The reported data will be handled and eventually the results will be documented in regulations, presented as a scientific report or as information on the internet. The feedback to the hospitals in this case is very small and it is difficult for the hospitals to compare with other similar hospitals. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has taken measures to improve the situation and to facilitate benchmarking opportunities for the Swedish radiology community. It recognizes that it is especially important in paediatric radiology.
This presentation gives a brief overview of the system - called "DosReg". The purpose of this web tool was to improve the data collection system and to facilitate benchmarking of dose data.