Templates and existing elements and models for implementation of patient exposure tracking.
There is wide interest currently in patient exposure tracking. This paper provides templates for implementation of tracking at the practice (hospital) level, multi-practice level, national level and international level. It provides suggestions for implementation in less-resourced countries. It includes elements such as patient identifier, dose quantities that should be covered and how to make sense from dose figures, availability of digital imaging and communications in medicine files with dose information or structured dose reports and capabilities of picture archiving and communication system (PACS). While tracking at several hospitals in a country connected by PACS and nationwide PACS is also a reality, tracking at the international level is currently a challenge. Guidance provided in this paper will facilitate its implementation at all levels.
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