Minn. hospital deploys Aquilion One with Dose Check

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Toshiba America Medical Systems has installed the first Aquilion One CT system with Dose Check Software and radiation dosing technologies at Winona Health in Winona, Minn.

The Dose Check Software meets the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance’s (MITA) new standard for CT system dose management and includes additional software that reinforces the principle of “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA) CT imaging, according to the company.

Dose Check informs users of the radiation dose being administered to patients, according to Tustin, Calif-based Toshiba. Standard on new Aquilion One CT systems, the company’s Dose Check software includes Dose Alert and Dose Notification, as well as tracking and DICOM to further enhance patient safety.

The Dose Alert feature alerts the user if the selected scan settings yield a predicted dose that exceeds an upper threshold dose value, explained the company, while the Dose Notification feature allows the user to set a nominal dose notification value for each part of a protocol being run and notifies a user if the predicted dose value exceeds the nominal dose notification value. The tracking software upgrade adds tracking capabilities allowing clinicians to create a report that can be downloaded from the system for facility quality assurance programs and it logs events related to the Dose Alert and Dose Notification features.

Also, Toshiba said the DICOM IHE SR software feature allows for the system to be configured to transmit dose related information to PACS or a workstation as an electronic file compatible with DICOM’s Integrated Healthcare Environment (IHE) Structured Reporting (SR) technical framework. The DICOM IHE SR feature will allow the transmission of dose information to dose registries as they become available, the company indicated.