Philips honors innovation in radiation dose management with the 3rd Annual ISRRT Dosewise Radiographer of the Year contest

Royal Philips launched the 3rd Annual “ISRRT Dosewise Radiographer of the Year” contest to further increase awareness about the risks of radiation dose exposure during diagnostic image testing. The annual contest, conducted in partnership with the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT), recognizes dose-conscious radiographers from around the world for their contribution in improving dose tracking and measurement and efforts toward overall radiation dose reduction.

As one of the early pioneers of radiation dose management solutions, Philips extended its leadership with the launch of the DoseWise Portal, a comprehensive radiation dose management software solution that monitors dose exposure risk for patients and clinicians. It allows providers to proactively record, analyze and monitor imaging radiation dose for patients and clinicians across multiple diagnostic settings. The solution automates monitoring and tracking, facilitating compliance with reform and accreditation requirements. The “ISRRT Dosewise Radiographer of the Year” contest is geared to encourage innovation and generate new ways to manage radiation dose risk.

“With patients and clinicians becoming more aware of the risks of radiation dose exposure, developing lower dose solutions is becoming a top priority for hospital and health systems,” said Dominic Siewko, Director of Clinical Dose Management at Philips. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen some of the most innovative research to address this challenge, and this contest is designed to further encourage new ideas and reinforce our commitment to collaborating with clinicians and scientists around effective radiation dose management programs.”

Judged by ISRRT members, the Radiographer of the Year will be selected based on the project that best demonstrates dose management practices. Applications are open for practicing radiographers who are citizen of an ISRRT Member Country or an Associate Member of ISRRT. Entrants must complete an online quiz and also provide a written submission.  ISRRT will provide the Radiographer of the Year with airfare and entry to Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) Annual Meeting for 2015, and the opportunity to present their entry to their peers.

Last year’s content winner, Dr. Sonyia McFadden, Lecturer, Diagnostic Radiography at the University of Ulster, Belfast, UK received the award for her research, entitled, “Dose Optimization in Pediatric Interventional Cardiology.” Dr. McFadden surveyed hospitals inIreland and found a variation in practice and protocols for pediatric imaging, which was directly impacting radiation dose exposure for children.

The deadline for submission is September, 30 2015. For rules and to access the application, visit www.philips.com/dosewise-contest.

Philips is also launching the first Iterative Model Reconstruction (IMR) “Case of the Year” contest, designed to identify industry leaders using lower dose and higher resolution technologies to improve diagnostic confidence. Contest winners will be recognized at RSNA. For more information, visit the IMR contest page.

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