Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) introduced a technology standard that helps health care providers optimize the radiation dose a patient receives from computed tomography (CT).
MITA Smart Dose, or XR-29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography (CT) Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management, bundles four key dose optimization features to ensure that compliant CT equipment produces high-quality diagnostic images while supporting patient safety.
On April 1, 2014, the President signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. Beginning in 2016, Medicare will pay less for certain diagnostic CT scans performed on CT equipment that does not meet the MITA Smart Dose CT standard.
DICOM Dose Structured Reporting, which enables recording of post-exam dose information in a standardized electronic format. This information can be included in the patient record, promoting the establishment of diagnostic reference levels, as well as facility dose management and quality assurance.
Pediatric and adult reference protocols, a set of pre-loaded protocols on a CT system that serve as a baseline for a variety of clinical tasks.
CT Dose Check, which incorporates two features — dose notifications and dose alerts — that can alert operators and physicians when dose exceeds established thresholds.
Automatic Exposure Control (AEC), which automatically adjusts the amount of radiation used, based on the size, shape and composition of the patient, in order to achieve a specified level of image quality.