Royal Philips has introduced the DoseWise Portal, a comprehensive radiation dose management software solution aimed at managing radiation exposure risk to patients and their caregivers.
Announced at the 100th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA; 30 November–5 December, Chicago, USA), the Philips DoseWise Portal enables health care providers to proactively record, analyse and monitor imaging radiation dose for patients and clinicians across multiple diagnostic settings.
While the risk of radiation exposure through imaging scans is thought to be low, and the diagnostic rewards generally outweigh those risks, the industry has committed to reducing radiation exposure through improvements in technology and user training. Computer tomography (CT) scans are of most concern, with a higher average diagnostic radiation dose per scan and nearly 68 million performed annually in the USA.
“Dose management is a critical issue, and the reality is that sometimes the higher radiation dose of a CT is necessary for a particular patient to in order reach a definitive diagnosis, in the shortest time, and at the lowest cost,” says Gene Saragnese, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Philips Imaging Systems. “Philips DoseWise Solutions return a measure of control to patient care, arming clinicians and informing patients with the tools, training and insights they need in order to ask the right questions regarding radiation dose.”
The company says that Philips DoseWise Solutions include a comprehensive portfolio of products and services including ClarityIQ, IMR and DoseAware that empower health care providers with both the data and support they need to implement a broad and comprehensive dose management strategy.
“Philips DoseWise is the first integrated, holistic solution that integrates staff and patient dose protecting both patients and clinicians and helping us to comply with critical new dose management standards and regulations,” comments Christoph Wald, executive vice chair, Department of Radiology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, USA.