User Quality Control Mode



More control over radiation -
related assessment with User Quality Control Mode

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Work conveniently and consistently

As a medical physicist in a healthcare facility, you need to meet local radiation regulations and maintain high standards of care. The Azurion User Quality Control Mode (UQCM) supports you in providing superior care by enabling you to work with a wide set of standard and easy to use tools.

With this option, you can independently verify and audit the radiation-related factors of your Azurion system. The Azurion User Quality Control Mode is available as a supplemental Philips service*.

*Please check with your Philips representative for local availability.
Work conveniently and consistently

Challenge

Key benefits UQCM

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No standard tool available to run internal radiation assessments of the image guided therapy equipment.
Users can independently validate radiation parameters in a consistent way and in compliance with the NEMA XR 27-2012 standard.
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Validation and testing of radiation factors requires assistance of an external engineer and availability of the interventional lab.
Healthcare facilities can make efficient use of staff and lab. No external assistance is required.
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Difficult to retrieve test data and images for validation and reporting.
UQCM reduces the complexity of validating quality, retrieving data and images, and reporting results.

Challenge

Key benefits UQCM

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No standard tool available to run internal radiation assessments of the image guided therapy equipment.
Users can independently validate radiation parameters in a consistent way and in compliance with the NEMA XR 27-2012 standard.
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Validation and testing of radiation factors requires assistance of an external engineer and availability of the interventional lab.
Healthcare facilities can make efficient use of staff and lab. No external assistance is required.
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Difficult to retrieve test data and images for validation and reporting.
UQCM reduces the complexity of validating quality, retrieving data and images, and reporting results.
How we help you meet the new radiation standards

To address the increasing levels of medical radiation exposure and complexity of X-ray equipment, regulatory bodies and professional medical associations across the globe are introducing new quality assurance standards and regulations, including the European 2013/59/ EURATOM directive and the NEMA XR 27-2012 standard. The UQCM option aids you in complying with these regulations. We’ve designed it for easy access and use to fit your daily work.
How we help you meet the new radiation standards
Convenient online training
Convenient online training
UQCM users follow a short and simple online training to learn proper use of the UQCM option. They can complete it at their convenience. After being certified, UQCM users are authorized to start using the UQCM option.
Easy to access
Easy to access
Once trained, users receive a personalized key to easily access system and radiation-related settings and to run system tests. Only authorized users are allowed to access the UQCM option.
Easy to use
Easy to use
Users can easily work in a secure and separate testing environment so they cannot affect default system settings. They can quickly return to clinical mode, for example, in an emergency situation. A warning message is clearly displayed on the clinical user interface, when the system is in test mode.
Clear overview of test status
Clear overview of test status
All activity is collected in a log file while testing. This allows users to check the status of the test at any time during long quality tests.

Capabilities provided by UQCM


Qualified users receive the following capabilities with the UQCM option:
  • 3 factor technique (user control mode)
  • Image quality and dose performance related tests
  • Air Kerma rate verification of clinical protocols
  • Image uniformity tests
  • Export for processing and for presentation images in DICOM compliant format to PACS
  • Insert radiation calibration information (available in DICOM header and included in Radiation Structured Report (RDSR))
  • Store results in standard format (XPS and CSV)
  • Export exam protocol data in standard format (CSV)
  • Use radiation dose structured report (RDSR) for documenting protocol settings and applied dose
Capabilities provided by UQCM

UQCM feature overview

Feature

Detail

3 factor technique
Xper technique: Large/Small focus
Tube exposure: voltage (kV)
Tube exposure: current (mA)
 X-ray pulse time (ms)
Image quality and dose performance related tests (manufacturer recommended tests)
Monitor performance
Detector dose input test
kV and mA stabilization test
Entrance dose rate limitation test
Verification of Dose Area Product (DAP), Air Kerma, and KV display indication accuracy
Tube-related parameters: half value layer, X-ray beam output, focal spot size
System related parameters e.g.: X-ray beam alignment, field limition test, limiting resolution
Air Kerma rate verification of clinical imaging protocols

Verification of fluoroscopy dose related settings:
 

- Fluroscopy flavor settings

- Source image distance (SID) variation

- Field of view variation (FOV)

- Documenting protocol settings for reporting

Cosmetics test (check the image uniformity)

- Test settings: KV, Beam quality
 

- Save image in DICOM format: For processing image, for presentation image

Report the status of measurements done in UQCM
- Inspect details data
- Store results in standard format (XPS and CSV)
Calibration input fields for RDSR
- Calibration protocol, calibration factor, date, responsible party
Verify and review exam protocols
- Export radiation related settings of the protocols in CSV format