One of the main radiation protection issues in interventional cardiology is the risk of high doses to the patient skin, potentially leading to tissue reaction in case of protracted or repeated procedures. Skin dose is challenging to measure but various software products are available to the medical physicists to calculate and map the dose to the patient skin. However, these skin dose mapping (SDM) software products might have very different capabilities and no commonly accepted protocol exists to benchmark them.
Based on existing works from EURADOS WG12 Dosimetry in medical imaging, the VERIDIC project (Validation and Estimation of Radiation skin Dose in Interventional Cardiology) was a joint effort of 10 European partners funded by the European Commission to address this issue.
At the end of the project, a collaboration between EURADOS and EFOMP was started to include SDM software in EFOMP’s protocol for quality control of angiographic systems.
After an introduction to EURADOS and VERIDIC project, we will give an brief overview of SDM software products, their calculation algorithm and limitations. Then we will address the accuracy and performance of SDM products. Finally, we will present EFOMP’s approach to quality control of angiographic systems and how it tackles skin dose mapping software products.
Introduction to EURADOS WG12 and VERIDIC project (Željka Knežević)
Performance and accuracy of skin dose mapping software: Results from the VERIDIC project (Jérémie Dabin)
EFOMP’s protocol for quality control of angiographic systems and Skin dose mapping software (Andy Rogers)
Head of Radiation Chemistry and Dosimetry Laboratory, senior research associate - Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia
Željka Knežević obtained her PhD in the field of thermoluminescent dosimetry. Currently she is working as senior research associate in the field of radiation dosimetry with current focus on patient dosimetry during medical imaging and...
Senior researcher - Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
Jérémie Dabin obtained a master in biomedical engineering at the Louvain School of Engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Since 2010 he works at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) in the unit Research in...
Lead Interventional MPE - Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Andy is currently the Lead Interventional MPE at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust [having retired and returned!] and also a recent President of the British Institute of Radiology. He currently chairs the UK working group investigating how...