Innovative technologies for optimizing radiation dose to patients
COCIR’s four Es: Endorse, Explain, Enhance, Educate
Innovative technologies are crucial elements in improving clinical outcome. Amongst other technologies, X-ray, CT, radiation therapy, interventional procedures are used at all stages of patient care: screening, early diagnosis, treatment planning, monitoring and therapeutic procedures.
The industry continuously develops technologies to minimise radiation dose to patients and healthcare professionals. For example:
- Moving conventional radiology to digital radiology
- Introducing major technology breakthroughs to achieve low-dose CT
- Measuring and monitoring dose through management software
COCIR encourages healthcare providers to prioritise dose reduction and dose optimisation when replacing ageing equipment or planning new investment.
COCIR also supports the European Society of Radiology in the promotion of training and education for healthcare professionals.
COCIR welcomes the newly published European Union legislation that promotes dose reduction to improve patient safety and support the EuroSafe campaign.
We appreciate initiatives to improve safety and encourage the European Union to promote the faster introduction of dose optimisation – both through guidance to Member States and the use of its own funding mechanisms.
Under Related Documents (section hereafter), please find links to the COCIR paper articulating industry involvement and to the COCIR poster displayed at the ECR 2014 exhibition and published in the EuroSafe Campaign website.