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Commissioning and performance testing of X-ray equipment. Recommendations for inspection parameters

Acceptatie- en statustesten van radiodiagnostische apparatuur. Aanbevelingen voor te inspecteren parameters

Synopsis

In the absence of Dutch guidelines for the quality control of modern (digital) X-ray equipment, crucial equipment parameters have been identified for commissioning and performance testing. Commissioning and performance testing are an essential part of the quality assurance of X-ray equipment. This quality assurance should contribute to an adequate image quality for an accurate diagnosis and a low radiation dose for the patient. A detailed review of commissioning and performance testing in the Netherlands was carried out for the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate. As these tests are often very limited in current Dutch practice, a comprehensive list of test parameters was compiled, based largely on international guidelines and literature. Parameters known to regularly exhibit shortcomings were identified from this list. A considerable number of these are related to image quality, which is essential for an accurate diagnosis. The parameters that directly affect the patient dose are crucial for patient safety. International standards from the literature can be used for several of these parameters until up-to-date Dutch guidelines have been compiled.
 

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