Watch Now: Using the DIR to Implement an Effective and TJC Compliant Dose Monitoring Program Webinar

“Using the DIR to Implement an Effective and TJC Compliant Dose Monitoring Program” is now available for viewing.  Recorded by Michael Bohl, MHA, BSRS, CEO of Dose Registry Support Services, this webinar reviews how several radiology departments are using the ACR’s Dose Index Registry to implement effective, comprehensive and cost-efficient dose monitoring programs, and meet… Read More


Dose Registry Support Services: What we do and why you should consider using our services

Dose Registry Support Services is founded on two premises: Radiology departments should lead their facility’s dose reduction efforts; Facilities need and want effective solutions at a reasonable cost. Our service is designed to achieve both.  I developed this service for a health system in the mid-west.  We enrolled some of their facilities in the DIR… Read More

Using the DIR Webinar Follow-up

Yesterday’s webinar titled Using the Dose Index Registry® to Implement an Effective Dose Monitoring Program was a resounding success with over 400 registrants attending, with an abundance of follow-up questions during the last 10 minutes. During the webinar I shared several tips and hints for getting started using the DIR, as well as how Dose… Read More


Dose Registry Support Services Success Stories

Here are recent examples of the successes two of our sites reported to their radiation safety committees. This first example is a chart showing one facility’s average monthly Total DLP for its Chest Angio studies from early 2016 through Q1 2018.  Overall, this site reduced its average Total DLP for its Chest Angio studies by… Read More

TJC Dose Monitoring Requirements: XR-29 Dose Notifications Don’t Meet Them

When the facility I was working with was exploring using their scanners’ XR-29 Notifications to meet PI 02.01.01.A6 Dose Incident Identification requirements we reviewed the technical elements underpinning XR-29’s Dose Check feature.  After reading them we grew very concerned that XR-29’s dose notifications would not meet TJC’s requirement.  The facility submitted a question to TJC… Read More

Dose Index Registry Exam Name Mapping Made Easy – On Sale

Reviewing existing exam name RPID mapping assignments is one of the most important Dose Index Registry® (DIR) maintenance tasks facilities should routinely perform. Incorrectly mapped studies can result in misleading and/or incorrect Aggregate and Standardized Dose Reports. This guide is written to provide the reader with an easy method of validating your RPID mappings and… Read More

Announcing the Dose Index Registry® Support Services LinkedIn Group

I am renaming and repurposing my LinkedIn radiology management group to concentrate on supporting use of the ACR’s Dose Index Registry ® rather than a general radiology business forum. The new group is named “Dose Index Registry Support Services.”  If you are a LinkedIn member and would like to join the new group enter Dose… Read More

Conference Speaking Engagement: Dose Index Registry – Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

I just returned from having presented at the Health Connect Partners 2017 Radiology & Imaging Conference.  My topic:  Using the DIR to Meet TJC’s Dose Incident Identification & Review Requirements. During the presentation  I gave an overview of the DIR and shared what we’ve learned from having participated in it for four years, including specific… Read More

CTDIvol vs DLP – a simple explanation

What do they represent? CTDIvol is based on measurements obtained when scanning either a 16cm or 32 cm phantom.   Essentially, it represents scanner output.  DLP is derived from CTDIvol, but incorporates a scan length component.  Both function as reasonable proxies for absorbed dose but do not represent the actual patient dose.  In other words, if… Read More