The AAPM annual meeting is the premier get-together for medical physicists in North America. This year, as the AAPM seeks to peer far into the future of medical physics, physicists from the Cleveland Clinic are presenting the results of their  investigation into reducing patient radiation dose when switching from CR to DR.

The comprehensive investigation compared one year’s worth of Exposure Index (EI) data from eight Agfa CR systems at five sites, with three months’ worth of data from the same systems after they were upgraded with Agfa’s DR Retrofit. Agfa’s vendor-neutral DR Retrofit is non-invasive and budget-friendly, enabling imaging facilities to maximize the use of their existing CR or analog imaging investments.

By recalibrating AEC targets, updating and standardizing programmed techniques, and educating the technologists, the researchers successfully reduced EI by an average of 41% for photo-timed exams, and 50% for manual technique exams.

We are very proud that Agfa products had a role to play in this investigation, which supports our continued commitment to reducing patient radiation dose!

“Investigation of State-Of-Practice Using Exposure Index (EI) Data Following Digital Radiography (DR) Retrofits of Eight Radiographic Units”, K Hulme1, K Scilla2, R Fisher1*, X Li1, (1) The Cleveland Clinic, Beachwood, OH, (2) Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Thursday, 2 August 2018, at AAPM 2018, July 28-August 2, Nashville, Tennessee, USA