Patient radiation exposure tracking: worldwide programs and needs--results from the first IAEA survey.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The purpose of this study was to assess the current status of patient radiation exposure tracking internationally, gauge interest and develop recommendations for implementation. A survey questionnaire was distributed to representatives of countries to obtain information, including the existence of a patient exposure tracking program currently available in the country, plans for future programs, perceived needs and goals of future programs, which examinations will be tracked, whether procedure tracking alone or dose tracking is planned, and which dose quantities will be tracked. Responses from 76 countries, including all of the six most populous countries and 16 of the 20 most populous, showed that although no country has yet implemented a patient exposure tracking program at a national level, there is increased interest in this issue. Eight countries (11%) indicated that such a program is actively being planned and 3 (4%) stated that they have a program for tracking procedures only, but not for dose. Twenty-two (29%) feel that such a program will be "extremely useful", 46 (60%) "very useful" and 8 (11%) "moderately useful", with no respondents stating "Mildly useful" or "Not useful". Ninety-nine percent of countries indicated an interest in developing and promoting such a program. In a first global survey covering 76 countries, it is clear that no country has yet achieved exposure tracking at a national level, although there are successful examples at sub-national level. Almost all have indicated interest and some have plans to achieve dose tracking in the near future.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rehani, MM; Frush, DP; Berris, T; Einstein, AJ

Published Date

  • October 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 10

Start / End Page

  • e968 - e976

PubMed ID

  • 22840382

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3477599

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-7727

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ejrad.2012.07.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland