IAEA launches project to develop methodologies to track radiation exposure of patients for Radiation SmartCare

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Although the scope of the Smart Card project that was initiated by the IAEA in 2006 was comprehensive, it tended to give a narrow impression and, thus, the new name Smart Card/SmartRadTrack has been adopted. It includes following possibilities:
a.An electronic card that contains a patient’s information, including radiation exposure history.
b.A card only as a digital signature to access the radiation exposure data that is actually available online. A patient-accessible website can serve as a ‘virtual’ card.
c.The information about radiation exposure history is made available in e-health records in a manner that can help track individual patients’ exposure over time. With interoperability, it should provide the possibility of access from anywhere.
d.In countries where neither an electronic card nor e-health record is feasible, a methodology to achieve information on tracking all radiological procedures, such as a radiation passport, somewhat like a vaccination card, could be initiated.

The project is aimed at:
1.Developing methodologies to track radiation history, be it the number of radiological procedures and/or radiation dose as appropriate.
2.Helping Member States establish policies and mechanisms for tracking indices of radiation exposure for diagnostic examinations and interventional procedures involving ionizing radiation to individual patients.
3.Developing guidance where the number of procedures alone, rather than dose, are sufficient which, combined with generic radiation dose figures, can provide dose estimates.
4.Providing information to strengthen the basic tenets of radiation protection, namely justification and optimization.
5.Cooperating with bodies associated with manufacturers to aid in developing hardware and software for tracking of procedures and individual patients’ radiation dose indices.
6.Promoting development of international standards for tracking radiological examinations and procedures across different countries.
7.Making provisions in safety standards to require tracking of radiological examinations and procedures and to assess cumulative radiation dose to individual patients.

Please see the recommendations emerging from the recent meeting of Consultants held in Vienna on 25-27 Jan.2010.

Report of the Technical Meeting of the IAEA Smart Card/SmartRadTrack Project, 18-21 October 2010, VIC, Vienna, Austria

Joint Position Statement on the IAEA Patient Radiation Exposure Tracking

Ref. https://rpop.iaea.org/RPOP/RPoP/Content/News/smart-card-project.htm

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    Referring Docs Want Better Communication with Radiologists

    By Diagnostic Imaging Staff | October 4, 2012

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    Most referring physicians — 71 percent — refer patients to multiple facilities for imaging studies, which means radiology groups need to step up their service game.

    “In a private healthcare market, the service level provided will influence a referring physician’s decision on where to send patients,” according to a recent survey of referring docs by imaging company Sectra. Sectra polled 150 U.S. neurologists, neurosurgeons, urologists, orthopedists, internists and general surgeons to find out what they needed from radiologists.

    (MORE: Referring Docs to Radiologists: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate)

    So what do referring docs expect? The findings shouldn’t be too surprising. Referring physicians want an easier way to order studies, shorter turnaround times, and a secure method for notification of critical test results.

    Here’s a breakdown of the results:

    • 62 percent said shorter report turnaround times were important or very important. Referrers also want improved communications with those reports, including the ability to reach the radiologist directly and quickly.

    • 69 percent said the ease of ordering studies was important or very important. Referring physicians said they struggle with the inability to schedule studies at certain times and a non-user-friendly scheduling process.

    • 72.5 percent said effective notification of critical results was important or very important, and 60 percent said visualization tools for improved result communication was important or very important. Integrated 3D visualization tools can help the radiologist communicate the findings to referring physicians, the study authors stated.

    “It’s especially interesting to see the referring physicians’ concerns about getting in touch with radiologists for follow-up questions when reading is outsourced,” Hans Lugnegard, product manager for Sectra’s Diagnostic Imaging Suite, said in the study.

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