Siemens Healthcare has introduced a ‘Guide to Low Dose’ to protect clinical staff and patients against radiation exposure.
Siemens’ ALARA principle – As Low As Reasonably Achievable – when applied in radiology and nuclear medicine acheived images with impact on its quality.
Siemens has therefore developed an entire range of technologies using X-rays or radioactive tracers that enable dose to be reduced significantly without impact on image quality.
Combined applications to reduce exposure (CARE) includes SAFIRE – true raw data based Iterative Reconstruction, a method for the reconstruction of CT images and High Definition PET; CARE KV – automatic selection of the most appropriate KV setting based on the patient size and type of examination.
It also includes CARE Analytics, a new application for CT, X-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography to help clinicians and radiographers optimise scan protocols with reduced dose.
The new imaging equipments warn messages to users if a certain dose threshold is exceeded in critical applications like CAREguard on Siemens angiography imaging systems.
Reports will also be generated detailing patient data and dose values for departments to analyse and optimise protocols.
Siemens Healthcare CT Business Manager Russell Lodge said training sessions and education literature is a way to strengthen their commitment to customers and keep them fully up-to-date with the extensive functionality.