Participants discussed tracking methodology and other progress made to reduce radiation-related risks for patients who need frequent medical imaging at a recent virtual meeting held by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. 

Accurate and regular recording, reporting and analyzing of patient radiation doses in medical centres can help enhance dose management without the loss of diagnostic information. The tracked information from a patient’s previous examination and doses can contribute to preventing unnecessary exposures.

Highlighted at the meeting was a IAEA  2009 project— Smart Card project —  that currently forms the foundation of a methodology for tracking exposure history. This project encouraged the industry to develop electronic systems and software solutions for exposure monitoring and tracking as more doses mean higher risks for patients.

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