THIRD NATIONAL PATIENT DOSE SURVEY IN DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY FOR UPDATING OF BULGARIAN DIAGNOSTIC REFFERENCE LEVELS – DRL2016
In correspondence with requirements of National legislation and requirements of EC Directive 2013/59/Euratom, National Centre of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection (NCRRP) started the Third National patient dose survey with an aim to update the existing Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRL) in Radiology.
The data for the survey will be delivered on special forms for X-ray equipment and patient dose registration, elaborated by NCRRP.
Four methods for providing data to NCRRP are made available:
- via internet based SYSTEM (drl-bg.com);
- via special electronic tables sent to the e-mail of the survey: firstname.lastname@example.org (see download links for electronic tables in .xls format bellow);
- via supply of information about local typical doses elaborated recently in radiology sites;
- via paper hard copy (this method is not encouraged).
Two national dose surveys were completed since 2002 in which data collection was performed manually by filling paper forms for each facility and further data processing and analysis by the NCRRP. According to the Ordinance No. 30 of MoH/2005, all fluoroscopy and stationary radiography equipment have to be equipped with kerma-area product (KAP) meters and patient doses have to be recorded and kept in electronic or paper format. All newly installed CT scanners have dose displays and records of patient doses are required to be kept.
The Third National Patient Dose Survey to update Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs) started in June 2016 by the NCRRP in accordance with requirements of Ordinance No. 30 of MoH/2005.
Letters to healthcare facilities:
A call for participation issued by the National Centre of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
A call for participation issued by the Ministry of Health
Instructions for collecting of patient dose data:
Short instruction for patient dose data collection
Detailed instruction for patient dose data collection
System for registration of patient doses from X-ray examinations and procedures:
LOGIN TO THE SYSTEM
Contact with NCRRP:
Section of Radiation Protection at Medical Exposure
Phone: +359 2 953 17 33; +359 878 989 659; +359 878 124 471
National Centre of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
3, “Sv. Georgi Sofiiski” Str.1606 Sofia, Bulgaria
Data acquisition forms in .xls format:
Data acquisition forms in .pdf format: