The importance of radiation safety and the awareness of the radiation burden to the population due to medical imaging has been emphasized by the 2013/59/Euratom directive of the European Union and the subsequent adoption of this directive into national law of the member states since the 6th of February 2018 .
In the Netherlands,
the NVvR (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiologie i.e.
Dutch Society for Radiology) has created a committee Technology and the NVKF (Nederlandse Vereniging voor...
Description of activity and work performed
All available DICOM-RDSR (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine – Radiation Dose Structured Report) for musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging examinations were retrospectively identified. DICOM-RDSR were available from 4 digital X-ray machines and 3 CT-scanners [Table 1].
From 2 DXA-scanners (Dual X-ray Absorptiometry) dose information was manually extracted from the DICOM-images and for Scintigraphy systems dose calculations were based on administered activity [Table 1]. Only...
Conclusion and recommendations
only one of the national Dutch DRLs is referring to a musculoskeletal imaging examination,
X-pelvis AP (300 µGy.m 2 ).
The average DAP of X-pelvis AP performed in our hospital ranged from 79 to 109 µGy.m 2 and stayed well below this limit.
Miraude EAPM Adriaensen,
PhD Consultant Radiologist and Epidemiologist Department of Medical Imaging Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard-Geleen,
Kerkrade The Netherlands Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ralph Berendsen,
MSc Medical Physics Expert Department of Clinical Physics Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard-Geleen,
Kerkrade The Netherlands Email: email@example.com
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97/43/Euratom and 2003/122/Euratom.
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L13; 57:1-73 (2014).  The Netherlands Commission on Radiation Dosimetry,
Diagnostische referentieniveaus in Nederland.
June 2012  Radiation Risks from Medical X-ray Examinations as a Function of the Age and Sex of the Patient.