November 11, 2011 --
RADIANCE software was developed by the radiology department of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). It made its debut at RSNA 2010 and became available as open-source software in December 2010.
The open-source software uses optical character recognition to extract structured data from image-based dose sheets produced by CT scanners. It extracts demographic information from the DICOM study header and also dose-related information, including x-ray tube voltage (kV), x-ray tube current (mA), CT dose index volume (CTDIvol), and dose-length product (DLP). Dose and exam data are stored in a relational database for quality assurance analysis.
RADIANCE incorporates a dashboard and scorecards, which enable careful monitoring of dose data by individual and exam type and promote benchmarking analysis.
This refresher course is being offered on both Sunday, November 27, and Tuesday, November 29.
Co-presenters Dr. William Boonn, chief of 3D and HUP's Advanced Imaging Lab, and Dr. Tessa Cook, PhD, a fourth-year radiology resident, also prepared an education exhibit (LL-INE1215-MOB): On Monday, November 28, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Lakeside Learning Center, they will discuss how their radiology department uses RADIANCE-generated scorecards to promote CT radiation dose awareness.