Overview

We understand that delivering quality diagnostic care with the lowest possible radiation dose is a desired goal.

It takes more than just low-dose devices. A comprehensive dose management program also demands the collaborative efforts of the entire imaging team, from the referring physician and technologists operating the equipment to the radiologists reading the scan and medical physicists evaluating protocols.

An integrated program of evidence-based best practices can aid you in capturing, tracking, reporting and monitoring radiation dose at the patient level, across your enterprise and integrated with your PACS and RIS.

There’s never been a better time to establish your organization as a dose management leader, in light of new regulations, audit  standards, and increased patient education. But most of all, because it’s the right thing to do for optimum patient care.

GE Healthcare’s Dose Management solutions can help you achieve Dose Leadership by helping you to:

  • Collect comprehensive data across your facility and devices 
  • Manage risk in your hospital
  • Get better value from your technology through advanced analytics
  • Create one ecosystem, within your department

Your journey to dose leadership starts here.

Where Do You Stand?

Do you know where you stand?

  • Are you taking full advantage of the low-dose technologies that are already on your scanners?
    • Are they used consistently and are you monitoring that use?
  • Do you have low-dose technologies in all of your imaging locations throughout your system?
  • What education or training programs do you have in place to ensure consistent knowledge levels about medical radiation and the various low-dose technologies among current and new staff?
  • What systems do you have in place to effectively track and manage many of the variables involved in diagnostic imaging exams?
    • The patients and diseases being treated?
    • The knowledge, experience and skills of imaging staff?
    • The imaging protocols and practices?
  • Are you measuring dose and tracking dose metrics for every exam, every time?
    • How frequently are you reviewing these metrics?
    • How are you using them to improve your practice?

Whether you’re just getting started or looking for opportunities for improvement, you can benefit from one of GE Healthcare’s Dose Management solutions.

DoseWatch

DoseWatch* Overview:

DoseWatch is a web-based dose monitoring software used to capture, track and report radiation dose statistics directly from the imaging device, multi-modality and vendor agnostic.

You can produce sharp, focused diagnostic images, all while keeping dose levels as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). DoseWatch monitors cumulative dose over time, and prevents excessive medical radiation exposure.

Automatic multi-modality & multi-vendor dose tracking

DoseWatch automatically receives and stores dosimetry information from a variety of imaging systems, including:

  • CT-scanners
  • Interventional Radiology (IR) Systems
  • Cardio-Vascular (CV) Systems
  • Mammography Systems
  • Radiography Systems
  • Surgical/Mobile C-Arms

LEARN MORE ABOUT DOSEWATCH! 

Industry Dose Updates

Today’s healthcare environment: Increasing pressure on your healthcare professionals.

  • Regulatory and economic pressures
  • Variability in hospital processes, device types and manufacturers, as well as in dose across your diagnostic studies
  • Complexity in data connectivity across the healthcare system and in accessing the right information at the right time

Current Industry Awareness
Image Gently (2008)1 
An alliance of 13 medical societies, agencies and regulatory groups issued a pledge to image gently when imaging or treating children: 

  • Use a “child-size” dose
  • Scan only when necessary
  • Scan only the indicated region
  • Scan once (multiphase scanning is not usually necessary)

Image Wisely (2010)2
The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America, in collaboration with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and American Association of Physicists in Medicine, urges imaging professionals to: 

  • Optimize imaging examinations to use minimal radiation
  • Educate the imaging team
  • Communicate with referring physicians
  • Routinely review protocols

US Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert (2011)3
In the interest of creating a safety culture, the Commission asked providers to: 

  • Invest in dose reduction and optimization technologies 
  • Track dose from repeated exams
  • Capture dose information in the EMR and national dose registry 

California Senate Bill 1237 – CT Dose4 

  • Emphasizing the recording of radiation dose for every CT exam
  • Reporting events exceeding thresholds set by the CDPH

National Radiology Data Registry (May 2012)5  
In May, the American College of Radiology (ACR) launched its National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR), a warehouse of ACR registry databases that compares radiology facilities regionally and nationwide according to facility type. The registry includes a tool that can be used to target specific areas for improving practice. 

1. AJR: 190, February 2008
2. Radiology: 257(3), December 2010
3. Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert 47 August 24, 2011
4. California SB 1237 115111, 115112, 115113
5. American College of Radiology

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Advances in imaging technology have had a profound impact on patient morbidity and mortality. Without question, imaging saves lives. However, high doses of radiation can result in long-term risk to patients. Radiation dose management programs enable the prudent application of imaging technology to ensure that patients receive the right procedure at the right time at the right dose. 

Radiation Dose Management: A Patient Safety Priority
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