Within the 6th February 2018, also Italy will have to transpose the Euratom 2013/59 guideline which defines the Basic Safety Standards related to protection against the risks deriving from radiation exposure. The document thereof makes it compulsory for the structures performing CTs (Computed Tomography) to record information related to radiation quantity administrated to the patient in each radiological exam (Art. 60 – Subparagraph D). In the interest of a correct information to the patient, these data will have to properly be collected together with the record of the exam and eventually be available for the delivery to the national authorities.
For this purpose, it will be necessary to provide any centre (radiological centre, clinic or medical surgery) equipped with CT machines (traditional and Cone Beam with no differences by the Legislator) with a specific software named DACS (Dose Archiving and Communication System), able to store this data and accompany the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) responsible, instead, of image archiving to the fullest extent of the law.
Consequently, it will be necessary to update also the radiological equipment so that it is able to communicate with these new data storage systems, as required by the law.
The innovative machines installed in the Volux radiological centre already have a detection system for parameters of exposure and delivered dose in every single CBCT exam: indeed these data are present in every disc provided of NNT viewer handed over to our patients, so to be seen by the latter and their specialists in any moment by opening the exam on a computer.
Volux will be soon equipped with the DACS System alongside the already functioning PACS in the image storage centre of all the exams in order to properly preserve to the fullest extent of the law not only images, but also dosimetric data of the exams performed in our structure.