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Video Game Helps Reduce Radiation Exposure Risk

October 01, 2015

Unfors RaySafe has created a novel approach to helping radiologists and other healthcare professionals avoid excessive radiation exposure in their work: a video game.

The game, “Dose Hero,” uses an Xbox 360 Kinect controller to track players moving around a simulated operating room while helping a surgeon. The goal of the game is to collect tools and hand them to the surgeon while minimizing exposure to radiation. The game shows how much radiation a player would have been exposed to in real life.

RaySafe used the game to promote its RaySafe i2 dosimetry system at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) in Lisbon, Portugal.

"There is lack of awareness about unnecessary radiation exposure for medical staff in hospitals and clinics. We have implemented the RaySafe Dose Hero so attendees can see their own results of real-time dose feedback from the RaySafe i2," Bart LeClou, director of personal dosimetry at Unfors RaySafe, said. "The i2 system gives immediate feedback so corrective action can be taken to help protect every individual in the operating room. Physicians and their clinical teams need advocates to help make cath labs safe in the hospitals and across the world, and we are here to support them."

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While dosimeters are nothing new to anyone working with radioactive materials, RaySafe i2 has an LCD display that shows how much radiation everyone with a dosimeter has been exposed to. This provides more immediate feedback than with using film badges.

“Gamification” is a buzzword, but this game can help healthcare workers avoid complacency around radiation and potentially save their lives.

"Based on my own experiences in working with ionizing radiation throughout my career, I feel that it is critical that physicians, nurses but also hospital administrators understand the serious health consequences that can and do result from long-term exposure to radiation," Professor Böckler of University Hospital Heidelberg, department of vascular and endovascular surgery in Germany, said. "European healthcare facilities are pioneers for protection against the troubling health consequences that come with excessive radiation exposure and have looked for ways that can guard against this type of exposure and heighten awareness through advanced technologies such as the RaySafe i2."

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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