TOP THREE INITIATIVES UNDERTAKEN FOR RADIATION DOSE MONITORING
The healthcare industry has consistently expressed concerns regarding patients’ exposure to X-ray radiations during medical imaging, which has resulted in the implementation of radiation dose monitoring systems. The need for radiation dose monitoring came to the fore a few years ago, following the publication of reports in mainstream media regarding overexposure of patients to radiation doses during computed tomography examinations. However, despite these reports doing the rounds in the media, there has hardly been any decrease in the dependence on high-dose medical imaging procedures for quick and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Hence, the need for better radiation dose management has only increased.
To address this issue, the medical industry, regulatory agencies, and professional associations and medical professionals have come together to undertake sustainable initiatives, such as:
1. Medical equipment manufacturers are improving their technology to reduce the amount of radiation exposure required in ionizing radiation devices for producing high-quality images. A majority of these manufacturers incorporate coordinated dose reporting and dose management capabilities to reduce radiation exposure without compromising on the quality of the images.
2. The government and regulatory agencies are working towards establishing clear and meaningful standards for both medical equipment manufacturers, as well as medical professionals. Regulatory agencies have collaborated to define reference guidelines for acceptable radiation doses, based on patients’ data and evolving trends.
3. There’s no denying that the onus of monitoring radiation dosage of a patient falls on medical professionals. When planning a patient’s treatment, medical professionals need to be careful when deciding whether or not, and when to use ionizing radiation. It is also important for medical professionals to consider prescribing alternative imaging procedures, especially for pediatric imaging since most of the known dose values correspond to adults, and not to pediatric levels.
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Owing to the collaborative efforts of the medical industry, regulatory agencies, and medical professionals, the demand for radiation dose monitoring systems is on the rise across the world. The global radiation dose monitoring market is poised for significant growth till 2023, according to research firm Netscribes, driven by changing regulations for radiation dose monitoring in developed economies.