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RaySafe i2 for personal dosimetry now available in Australia and Singapore
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RaySafe i2 for personal dosimetry now available in Australia and Singapore

September 17, 2012

Unfors RaySafe: worldwide lack of awareness about unnecessary radiation

RaySafe i2 for personal dosimetry now available in Australia and Singapore

According to Unfors RaySafe, medical staff in hospitals and clinics around the world is not yet sensitised enough to the risks of unnecessary radiation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of radiation measurement solutions and has now presented its product innovation “RaySafe i2” in Australia and Singapore. RaySafe i2 is an active dosimeter especially for interventional radiology that gives real time insight into radiation exposure. With the help of the dosimetry system, medical staff can immediately adjust their behavioural routines and improve the radiation safety culture in their workplaces. “In the U.S., recent information campaigns have had a large impact raising awareness and motivation to optimize dose among patients. There remains a need for more training and education to give doctors and nurses the knowledge and confidence to work safely in a radiation environment”, explains Bart Leclou, Vice President Business Area “Personal Dosimetry” at Unfors RaySafe. Since the beginning of this year, RaySafe i2 has already been available in several European countries and in North America.

“RaySafe i2 has already attracted a lot of interest in Australia and Singapore”, says Bart Leclou. “Real time measurement and analysis are the most important arguments for the professional public.” The personal dosimeters are easy to handle, they are maintenance free and can simply be attached to the work clothes. The collected data is sent wireless to the “i2 real time display” that is placed in the examination room, so that all staff members can see their current exposure. Coloured bar charts give an overview of individual dose, making it easy to allocate data to single users. The integrated software not only analyses but also gives access to time stamped dose data. As a result, hospital staff can change their behaviour immediately in order to minimize their radiation exposure. All data is also available to hospital management for further analysis.

Studies presented during the RSNA and ECR last year have shown that staff dose can be reduced significantly by using such measuring systems. They are already an integral part at renowned hospitals like the Charité in Berlin, Germany. RaySafe i2, which has been approved in most European countries as well as in the United States and Canada, can be purchased directly from Unfors RaySafe or the major x-ray manufacturers. Following the product launch in Australia and Singapore, Unfors RaySafe will soon introduce RaySafe i2 in other Asian markets and also plans activities to further raise awareness of unnecessary radiation exposure.

According to Bart Leclou, the overall awareness of unnecessary radiation is significantly higher in Europe and North America than in the rest of the world. This is due to recent campaigns like the initiative ‘Image Gently/Image Wisely’ in the USA by the American College of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America drawing attention to the matter of patient dose. “Due to the growing knowledge among patients, the necessity of certain x-ray examinations is questioned more frequently.” But hospital staff still has to pay more attention to keeping their personal dose within the limits, says the Unfors RaySafe manager. “The lead apron only covers some parts of the body while others – no less important – are still exposed to the harmful rays.”

The RaySafe i2 basic package comes with a real time display, four personal dosimeters and a dose viewer software.