Dose surveys and DRLs: critical look and way forward.
The main purpose of dose surveys has been to detect and bring down wide variation in radiation doses for any particular radiological examination and to avoid doses that are on higher side. Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) have been used for over two decades as an aid in this objective. With very limited success that has been achieved through DRL, the author has recently described a new term 'acceptable quality dose' (AQD) that is aimed at optimisation within the DRL, is facility initiated and takes into account all three important parameters-image quality, dose and patient's body build. It is hoped that AQD will be found easy to establish, will be a useful tool to achieve optimisation in the facilities and will serve as the standard dose.
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