How do you protect yourself against radiation exposure when you work with it all day long – but cannot feel it, smell it, or see it?
Our DoseAware* family of real-time dose feedback tools makes the invisible visible to improve your radiation dose awareness and help you work healthy in X-ray environments.
A new level of real-time X-ray dose information
Philips DoseAware was the first personal dose measuring system to measure and display an individual’s exposure to radiation in real time. Now DoseAware Xtend is the first to provide procedure-based feedback on scattered X-ray dose during and after procedures. This gives staff more practical tools to manage radiation exposure.
"DoseAware is one of the most important new tools available to help
manage occupational medical radiation exposure to physicians and staff.
It's a much easier and practical way to monitor levels than conventional methods.
Creating a better work environment is not only the right thing to do but our obligation"
J. Kiah, MS, RN, Lab Manager, Director Cardiac and Vascular Services
Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, USA
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DoseAware Xtend is a dedicated solution for rooms with an Allura FlexVision XL display. Its integration with the Allura X-ray system allows it to provide more detailed feedback on scattered X-ray dose levels per procedure. It also shows the cumulative X-ray dose received by staff right after each procedure. This can help staff continually learn and improve their behavior in X-ray environments.
Increases radiation awareness
- You get real-time feedback on scattered X-ray dose so you can change your behavior
- You are reminded to take secondary lead precautions
- You see how much scattered X-ray dose you received for an entire procedure to improve your performance
- You receive weekly or monthly dose reports automatically via email with your X-ray dose per procedure so you can identify your individual exposure trends
- Procedural data on X-ray dose are sent in DICOM RDSR format to PACS or RIS to simplify data analysis
"DoseAware offers great potential for optimizing awareness of X-ray dose"
Barry T. Katzen, M.D., Medical Director, BCVI, Miami
DoseAware for real-time feedback
DoseAware is a flexible solution that can be used in any X-ray room for real-time feedback on scattered X-ray exposure. It is the first personal dose measuring system that measures and displays an individual’s exposure to radiation in real time so staff can immediately adjust their working habits to manage radiation exposure.
Advantages of a real-time dose meter
- Gives you the information you need to manage your own X-ray dose exposure
- You see when and where X-ray dose was acquired so you can act appropriately
- You can easily check your exposure level on the colored display in the examination room
- Facilities can archive, report, and analyze radiation data to maintain high levels of occupational safety
Radiation exposure is a growing concern
There is a growing need for medical professionals to get more timely information about radiation exposure so they can reduce their radiation risk. Studies show that collective radiation dose to the U.S. population has doubled since 1960 and the annual effective radiation dose from medical procedures has increased six times since 1960. Large-scale programs in low dose risk research have been established in the U.S., Japan and Europe to study these issues.1
DoseAware and DoseAware Xtend include a Personal Dose Meter (PDM) worn by staff, the Base Station, DoseView software, the Dose Manager database, and a mounting rack for the PDMs.
Ways to lower your X-ray dose while working
- Wear DoseAware personal dose meter for instant feedback on radiation exposure
- Wear protective lead aprons and a lead thyroid collar to shield yourself from scatter radiation as appropriate
- Use shielding screens to shield yourself from scatter radiation
- Avoid standing in the direct path of the X-ray beam
- Move farther away from the X-ray source
- Limit the total X-ray beam-on time
- Select low dose rate fluoroscopy to reduce the amount of radiation emitted
- Avoid oblique lateral projections
- Keep the SID low and the table high
- Use collimation and limited beam size to reduce radiation exposure
1. Radiologic and Nuclear Medicine Studies in the United States and Worldwide: Frequency, Radiation Dose, and Comparison with Other Radiation Sources—1950–2007, Fred A. Mettler, Jr., et al., Radiology, November 2009; Report of High Level and Expert Group on European Low Dose Risk Research, European Communities, 2009
*These products do not replace the thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) as a legal dosimeter.