IAEA Smart Card/SmartRadTrack Project

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IAEA has been on fore-front to promote development of methodologies
to track radiation exposure of patients so as to have radiation exposure history of individual.

Although the scope of the Smart Card project that was initiated by the IAEA in 2006 was comprehensive, it tended to give a narrow impression and, thus, the new name Smart Card/SmartRadTrack was adopted. The smart card does not have dose information just as cash card (ATM/Bankomat/Debit card) has no cash or credit. The smart card represents a means by which one can access information on servers. The project is focused on tracking of individual patient’s radiological procedures and dose rather than tracking of doses of group of patients.

The project is aimed at:

  1. Developing methodologies to track patient’s radiation exposure history, be it the number of radiological procedures and/or radiation dose as appropriate.
  2. Helping Member States establish policies and mechanisms for tracking indices of radiation exposure for diagnostic examinations and interventional procedures involving ionizing radiation to individual patients..
  3. Developing guidance on use of tracking for strengthening the process of justification and optimization of protection.
  4. Cooperating with organizations associated with manufacturers to aid in developing hardware and software for tracking of procedures and individual patients’ radiation dose indices.
  5. Promoting development of international standards for tracking radiological examinations and procedures across different countries.
  6. Making provisions in safety standards to require tracking of radiological examinations and procedures.

Summary of the first meeting of the Smart Card Project of the IAEA held on 27-29 April 2009
Recommendations emerging from the meeting of Consultants held in Vienna on 25-27 Jan.2010
Report of the Technical Meeting of the IAEA Smart Card/SmartRadTrack Project, 18-21 October 2010
Joint Position Statement on the IAEA Patient Radiation Exposure Tracking 2012
Report of the Technical Meeting of the IAEA Technical Meeting on Patient Radiation Exposure Tracking, 23-25 September 2013
Technical Meeting on Tracking the Radiation Exposure of Patients, 28-30 April 2015

Related Links
Joint Position Statement on the IAEA Patient Radiation Exposure Tracking
Article on Smart Card project
Focus page
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