National radiation dose index registry?

Posted on December 21st, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

With the rise in the number of CT scans over the last two decades, as well as increasing concerns over the impact cumulative radiation dose can have on patient health, there are moves afoot to try to establish some kind of national dose registry that could be used to compare CT dose indices across facilities.

 

Earlier this month at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting in Chicago, Richard L. Morin, PhD., of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., said that the American College of Radiology Dose Index Registry Pilot Project has shown that automatically gathering and storing the the radiation dose data is technically feasible and can provide unmatched data regarding clinical CT usage and radiation dose…

 

“Even institutions that are closely related—one in Minnesota and one in Florida (Mayo Clinics)—don’t call the same things the same things.” Morin said that some of the same exams ended up having moer than 48 different names.

 

Health Imaging by Mike Bassett, 12/18/09

Tags: CT Scans, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Radiation Dose, Radiology

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