Radiation-services providers must do a better job of identifying and planning for their equipment-user training needs and imaging equipment manufacturers should improve the quality of their response to users' questions about dosing protocol and system settings, participants said during a Food and Drug Administration public meeting on medical imaging safety.
Better imaging training, support urged
The meeting, held Wednesday morning, highlighted the challenges providers and manufacturers face in assuring that uniform imaging-safety standards are not only established, but that radiation technologists, radiologists and prescribing physicians are properly trained and adhere to the protocols. “Too often a super user is assigned to us for training on equipment because of their seniority and not their ability to train others,” said Toshiba representative Sharon Yoon during a roundtable discussion. “So I'd encourage every facility to look at ability” as a criteria, Yoon added.
But some radiology experts argued that manufacturers sometimes appear more concerned about protecting trade secrets than providing imaging equipment users with the information that they need to safely perform patient scans. Keith Strauss, director of radiology physics and engineering at Children's Hospital Boston, said he has been challenged to get manufacturers to provided configuration documentation that he has needed to ensure proper setup of imaging equipment.
“I understand that the vendor might be concerned that documentation could fall into the hands of competitors, but as a medical physicist, I'm not interested in sharing trade secrets.” Strauss stressed the need for manufacturers to develop a system for providing such information to radiology equipment users.
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