Today’s complex minimally invasive procedures demand intelligent radiation dose management. When your focus is the patient, the X-ray system should not be a concern. Practical solutions that do not compromise image quality must be in place. Careful preparation makes this happen.
Built-in dose management capabilities can deliver exceptional image quality and x-ray dose efficiency. Our intuitive design enables you to apply these X-ray dose management techniques simply and efficiently without taking your attention from the patient.
This constant beam filtration filters out ‘soft’ or non-diagnostic X-rays and is standard on Philips mobile and fixed imaging systems. No action is required from the surgeon or staff to manage X-ray dose efficiency.
Philips systems offer dedicated imaging modes allowing you to select the best-suited imaging parameters. Each mode is designed to achieve the best image quality for the selected procedure – while maintaining effective dose efficiency.
Easily removable grid on the flat detector makes it possible to visualize small anatomy and extremities with exceptional image quality and excellent x-ray dose efficiency.
It is important to educate your clinical staff to aid in X-ray dose efficiency measures in the OR. Your team members play a significant role in the precautions that must be taken to manage exposure.
Cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and orthopedic surgeons are among those professionals moving toward the use of less invasive treatment options offered by image-guided surgery. The proactive adherence of the imaging team (surgeon and radiographer) to the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) can help manage unnecessary radiation exposure.
By understanding the behavior of X-rays and the capabilities of the imaging system, interventionalists and their team can manage x-ray dose in the OR for themselves and their patients.
Dose management in the OR – 10 easy steps
These steps help you adhere closely to the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) for X-ray dose management.
1. Set system up properly Create an optimal imaging environment by ensuring ambient light does not shine into/onto monitors.
2. Use protective shielding Make certain OR staff wear protective clothing and use available lead shielding as per regional guidelines.
3. Remove X-ray grid For selected procedures, as when imaging infants and small anatomy, remove the X-ray grid, if possible, to manage X-ray exposure
4. Position flat detector To reduce scatter radiation and improve image quality, position the flat detector as close as possible to the patient/region of interest.
5. Maintain a safe distance Make sure no one is closer than clinically necessary to the X-ray source.
6. Select programs & frame speed Carefully choose the appropriate exam setting/dose mode (i.e., low dose fluoro for pediatrics) and lower the frame rate to match the clinical procedure requirements.
7. Use laser alignment Position the system, with respect to the region of interest, without the use of X-ray by using the Laser Alignment.
8.Set collimation Manage X-ray dose and enhance image quality by collimating regions of non-interest (iris and shutters).
9. Shorten exposure time Keep total exposure time as low as possible and do not use fluoro unless an image update is requested.
10. Park image To reduce the need for re-imaging during the procedure, place the LIH (Last Image Hold) to the reference monitor.
Enable dose management across your organization
DoseWise Portal is a vendor-agnostic, web-based solution that collects, measures, analyzes, and reports patient & staff radiation exposure, assisting you to take control of quality of care, efficiency, and patient/staff safety.
Knowing how to manage radiation exposure is crucial. X-ray dose management in the operating room begins with you. With a proper understanding of precautionary measures, you can help protect yourself, your staff, and your patients. Work DoseWise, without compromising image quality.
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