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Experiences with large-scale radiation exposure monitoring in Västerbotten County, Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background/Introduction: In October 2014, Västerbotten County (VLL), Sweden, installed Sectra DoseTrack1 for radiation exposure monitoring in radiology. A versatile and robust IT-solution for exposure monitoring to assist with follow-up of the processes of justification and optimization had been discussed in multidisciplinary X-ray modality specific forums prior to the procurement.

Description of activity and work performed: The installation of Sectra DoseTrack is fairly straightforward from the user end, involving the configuration of sending RDSR and MPPS metadata from an X-ray unit to be connected to the service. During the installation process some assistance from certified service engineers is required due to restrictions in X-ray equipment software.

Conclusion and Recommendations: VLL has used the Sectra DoseTrack radiation exposure monitoring IT-solution since October 2014. Since then, 34 different X-ray units have been connected to the service and DICOM metadata associated with approximately 170 000 examinations and interventional procedures have been recorded. Sectra DoseTrack offers a robust infrastructure for collecting DICOM metadata and presenting macroscopic information on radiation exposure levels, which may be used to improve the processes of justification and optimization for healthcare providers.

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2016.
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radiofysik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118334DOI: 10.1594/esi2016/ESI-0035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-118334DiVA: diva2:912321
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EuroSafe Imaging 2016
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-04-04

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Åhlström Riklund, KatrineAndersson, JonasLundman, JosefGranberg, Christoffer
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