Purpose: To assess the accuracy and initial clinical use of a software tool that automatically maps and records values of skin dose, including peak skin dose (PSD), administered to patients undergoing fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, the institutional review board determined that this HIPAA-compliant study met the criteria as a quality assurance investigation. Informed consent was waived. After the initial validation and accuracy tests, distributed skin dose and PSD estimates were obtained for fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures performed in the radiology, cardiology, and gastroenterology practice areas between January and October 2011. A total of 605 procedures were performed in 520 patients (64% men; age range, 20-95 years). The accuracy of a skin dose tool to estimate patient dose distribution was verified with phantom studies by using an external dosimeter and direct exposure film. PSD distribution, PSD according to procedure type, and PSD for individual physician operators were assessed. Results: Calculated PSD values agreed within 69% of that measured by using film dosimetry under the condition of matched-phantom geometry. The area receiving the highest dose (greater than 95% of peak) agreed within ±17%. Of 605 patient procedures, 15 demonstrated PSD greater than 2 Gy, with a maximum PSD of 5.6 Gy. Conclusion: Knowledge of the patient skin dose can help direct treatment of patients who were administered relatively high skin dose and may be used to plan future procedures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging