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Radiation Dose: Records and Audits

  • Tessa S. Cook
  • William W. Boonn
  • Woojin Kim
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

As the utilization of computed tomography has grown in the past decade, so has the interest in being able to monitor doses of ionizing radiation received by patients. Until recently, the biggest obstacle to dose monitoring was the image-based dose sheet on which dose-related parameters are stored. While development of a new radiation dose structured report will promote dose monitoring and reporting in the future, a vast repository of legacy data with image-based dose sheets still exists worldwide. In this chapter, we discuss the challenges faced in CT dose monitoring as well as some solutions that have been developed to overcome the limitations of the image-based dose sheet. We also address the steps involved in designing and implementing an institutional dose monitoring program, and participation in regional and national dose registries. Finally, we discuss the recent advances in organ dose estimation using Monte Carlo simulations.

Keywords

Compute Tomography Examination Compute Tomography Dose Compute Tomography Dose Index Dose Monitoring DICOM Header 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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