News | Radiation Dose Management | November 19, 2015

Interactive Low Dose Hero game challenges practitioners to keep their radiation dose low

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November 19, 2015 — Unfors RaySafe Inc., a Fluke Biomedical company, will be showcasing the game Low Dose Hero during the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, 2015, in Chicago. Low Dose Hero enables players to virtually assist interventional radiologists and clinical staff during a medical procedure in a virtual fluoroscopy room where they could potentially be exposed to high levels of radiation. The game tests players' ability to avoid exposure to radiation and follow proper radiation avoidance protocols.

Scatter radiation affects interventional radiology, interventional neuroradiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and several other specialties. Health risks due to ionizing radiation include higher incidences of cataracts, skin cancer, brain tumors and thyroid disease.

To highlight the effectiveness of the RaySafe i2 real-time dose monitoring system, RaySafe developed Low Dose Hero. The game simulates a real-world experience that enables players to virtually assist a physician, and afterwards receive a score that corresponds to the level of radiation they potentially received. The goal is get a low score, and become a "Low Dose Hero."   

"RaySafe designed the Low Dose Hero game to demonstrate how radiation awareness can effective one's exposure level, leading to changes in staff behavior, which results in lower dose levels and increased safety," said Chintan Shah, sales and marketing manager, personal dosimetry, for RaySafe. "The harmful effects of accumulated, high exposure to scatter radiation – including tumors and cataracts – are now being published and acknowledged by many physicians."

The Raysafe i2 is the first and only system, according to the company, that delivers real-time dose monitoring for physicians and clinicians. A visual display shows colored indications (red, yellow, green) to give each individual user insight about their current dose exposure and the opportunity to adjust their actions. It also shows the accumulated dose per individual user on a touch screen display.

Total dose history is captured in the Dose Manager software and can easily generate reports for staff use and archive purposes. Interventional radiology and cardiology departments, along with hospital administration, can better manage staff dose and help keep staff safe.

For more information: www.raysafe.com

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