A new web-based data management system called DoseWatch Explore from GE Healthcare is being used to help healthcare organisations better track patient radiation doses when having computed tomography (CT) scans.
Many procedures now use CT scans as an integral part of diagnosis and treatment monitoring. CT uses X-rays, which are a form of radiation that patients who undergo scans are exposed to. The radiation dose of one scan is small, but if a patient is very young, needs several scans, or moves from one hospital to the next, radiation can soon add up. Sifting through the reams of hospital data to analyse radiation dose can also be a challenge.
DoseWatch Explore, which uses Microsoft’s cloud technology, collects information on radiation dose directly from GE CT scanners. Doctors then use the data to quantify the amount of practice-level radiation dose, and the information can be analysed to tailor subsequent procedures to help ensure that clinicians are using the lowest possible doses.
According to GE, the entry-level system harnesses the power of data, analytics and software to help clinicians achieve optimal dose levels and provide better patient care. The solution uses familiar, browser tools and, because it’s web based, is designed to be cost efficient and easy to deploy.
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