CT Radiation Dose Management: A Comprehensive Optimization Process for Improving Patient Safety

Radiology. 2016 Sep;280(3):663-73. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2016151173.


Rising concerns of radiation exposure from computed tomography have caused various advances in dose reduction technologies. While proper justification and optimization of scans has been the main focus to address increasing doses, the value of dose management has been largely overlooked. The purpose of this article is to explain the importance of dose management, provide an overview of the available options for dose tracking, and discuss the importance of a dedicated dose team. The authors also describe how a digital radiation tracking software can be used for analyzing the big data on doses for auditing patient safety, scanner utilization, and productivity, all of which have enormous personal and institutional implications. (©) RSNA, 2016.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Patient Safety*
  • Quality Improvement
  • Radiation Dosage*
  • Radiation Protection / methods*
  • Radiometry
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*