User Quality Control Mode

Azurion User Quality Control Mode

More control over
radiation-related assessment

Gain greater control over radiation-related assessment of image-guided therapy series, conveniently and consistently

As a medical physicist in a healthcare facility, you need to meet local radiation regulations and maintain high standards of care. Users of UQCM can independently validate radiation parameters in a consistent way and in compliance with standards such as NEMA XR 27-2012, allowing healthcare facilities to make efficient use of staff and lab, avoiding the need for external assistance. UQCM reduces the complexity of validating quality, retrieving data and images, and reporting results. UQCM also features convenient online training, a secure and separate testing environment, easy access and a clear overview of test status.

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3-factor technique (user control mode)

The following techniques are possible: Xper technique: large/small focus, Tube exposure: voltage (kV), Tube exposure: current (mA), X-ray pulse time (ms)

Technician performing dose performance-related tests

Image quality and dose performance-related tests

The following tests are available: 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 as test, limiting resolution

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Air kerma rate verification of clinical protocols

This includes verification of fluoroscopy dose-related settings, fluoroscopy flavor settings, Source image distance (SID) variation, Field of view variation (FOV), Documenting protocol settings for reporting

Technician performing cosmetics test

Cosmetics test (check image uniformity)

Users can have cosmetics tests set up as KV, beam quality, and it is possible to save the image in DICOM format for processing image and for presentation image.

Technician preparing the device for testing

Report status of measurements done in UQCM

Users can inspect details data ans store results in standard format (XPS and CSV).

Calibration input fields for radiation dose structured report (RDSR)

It is possible to use RDSR to document protocol settings and applied dose, as well as calibration protocol, calibration factor, data and responsible party

Verify and review exam protocols

Users can export radiation-related settings of the protocols in CVS format

Frequently asked questions

How can UQCM help meet updated 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 have introduced quality assurance standards and regulations, including the European 2013/59/ EURATOM directive and the NEMA XR 27-2012 standard. The Azurion UQCM option aids you in complying with these regulations. We’ve designed it with convenient online training for certification, and to be easy to access and easy to use to fit your daily work.

How is the training for UQCM organized?

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.

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.

How easy is it to use UQCM?

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.

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.

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