5 imperatives for radiation dose management in medical imaging – SPONSOR CONTENT FROM SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS

Medical imaging is as essential to patient care as laboratories or pathology are, and concern for radiation protection is as old as the field itself. These concerns have generated multiple mandates related to dose management. Ten years ago, California was the first state to call for better management of radiation doses, and other states have followed suit.

Stricter dose management regulations place a significant operational burden on healthcare providers. Dose management systems (DMS) provide much-needed support.

We’ve distilled five imperatives for dose management excellence.

Imperative 1: Data aggregation and processing

All the data necessary for effective dose management are already available in medical imaging departments, but they are often insufficiently exploited. To perform its intended tasks, a DMS must acquire dosimetry parameters and store them in an easily searchable database. But unless this data is automatically aggregated, dose management is time-consuming and tedious. DMS software solves these problems by automatically collecting and consolidating the large amounts of dose data generated by imaging modalities.

Imperative 2: Compliance with regulations and good practices

One of the primary uses of the DMS is to record dose measurements, assign protocols to corresponding Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs), and compare them to respective thresholds, ensuring compliance with national and local DRLs. . To ensure this compliance, a DMS must be able to fulfill a variety of criteria, including identifying, analyzing, and processing significant dose events and exporting dose data for reporting.

Imperative 3: Visualizations and Information

Data visualization is one of the most powerful ways to get insights from data and communicate it clearly to others. State-of-the-art DMSs can analyze a full set of dose data and visualize it automatically. Presenting data in the form of images or graphs allows decision makers to quickly grasp complex data and identify patterns. A DMS must be able to display dose diagrams as timelines, link any dose parameter to the corresponding image, and report modality load (day, time, and procedure).

Imperative 4: Interoperability with existing IT infrastructure

To seamlessly integrate a DMS into clinical practice, it requires not only an inbound connection to the image archiving and communication system of the hospital or the modalities themselves, but also outbound interfaces to third parties, to transmit dose information to other computer systems. , such as the radiological information system or the hospital information system. To meet these requirements, the DMS must be integrated into a central IT infrastructure.

Imperative 5: Improvements and scalability

A modern DMS must be adapted to the size and workload of each establishment. Today, the most flexible DMS products are offered as software as a service (SaaS), deployed through the cloud. This model eliminates the need for local IT infrastructure and associated upfront investment, reducing both effort and total cost of ownership. Additionally, SaaS allows for faster scalability, continuous upgrades at no additional cost, and reliable access to the latest features.

Next Generation DMS

DMSs are necessary tools that allow the systematic monitoring of patient radiation dose and exceedances of dose reference values, thus fulfilling the obligation to report significant dose events to the supervisory authority without delay. Despite significant progress over the past decade, most solutions have failed to solve, or even created, significant challenges.

Teamplay Dose from Siemens Healthineers provides easy access to dose data, supports the quality assurance process for imaging radiation dose monitoring, and provides additional benefits including reduced infrastructure and maintenance costs and benefits through continued feature releases.

Learn more about dose management and dose of team play.

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