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Implementation of the ACR dose index registry at a large academic institution: early experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23152117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A rising conciousness within both the medical community and in the public has been created by the current levels of radiation exposure from increased use of computed tomography. The concern has prompted the need for more data collection and analysis of hospital and imaging center exam doses. This has spurred the American College of Radiology (ACR) to develop the Dose Index Registry (DIR), which will allow participating insitutions to compare the radiation dose from their CT exams to aggregate national CT dose data based on exam type and body part. We outline the steps involved in the process of enrolling in the DIR, the technical requirements, the challenges we encountered, and our solutions to those challenges. A sample of the quaterly report released by the ACR is presented and discussed. Enrolling in the ACR dose registry is a team effort with participation from IT, a site physicist, and a site radiologist. Participation in this registry is a great starting point to initiate a QA process for monitoring CT dose if none has been established at an institution. The ACR has developed an excellent platform for gathering, analyzing, and reporting CT dose data. Even so, each insititutions will have its own unique issues in joining the project.
Tracy J Robinson; Jeffrey D Robinson; Kalpana M Kanal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of digital imaging     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1618-727X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Digit Imaging     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-15     Completed Date:  2013-09-19     Revised Date:  2014-04-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100529     Medline TA:  J Digit Imaging     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Academic Medical Centers*
Automatic Data Processing*
Multimodal Imaging / standards
Positron-Emission Tomography
Radiation Dosage*
Safety Management
Societies, Medical
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / standards
United States

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