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Measures for Optimising Radiological Information and Dose in Digital Imaging and Interventional Radiology (DIMOND III), Summary of Final Report

Project ID: FIGM-CT-2000-00061
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C

Abstract

The DIMOND III project has supported and contributed to many of the key areas identified in the Basic Safety Standards Directive and the Medical Exposures Directive (MED) Euratom ED97/43. The MED identifies interventional radiology and mammography as areas within the broad area of medical exposures which require particular attention. In interventional radiology and cardiology, radiation doses can be relatively high. This combined with the restenosis rate, means that some patients have multiple high dose procedures with an associated risk of potential deterministic injuries. In mammography, a population of women are irradiated, to identify a small fraction that may have breast cancer.
Justification of medical exposures is a fundamental objective of radiation protection. Various justification issues have been addressed by the DIMOND project, through the development of referral criteria and the performance of risk/benefit studies.
Within DIMOND III, various technical and clinical approaches to the optimisation of medical exposures have been developed. One simple practical approach is to stratify procedures into three image quality dose bands. This approach allows the dose to be adjusted to enable the optimisation of projection radiography using digital imaging.

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Record Number: 7200 / Last updated on: 2006-02-10
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