Image: This Instadose + dosimeter use Bluetooth to transmit dose data (Photo courtesy of Mirion Technologies).
A Bluetooth-enabled dosimeter provides immediate dose reads transmitted to smart phones, tablets, or Internet-enabled computers.
The Mirion Technologies (San Ramon, CA, USA) Instadose + dosimeters use Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology to transmit dose data automatically and continuously. Added benefits of connectivity include eliminating the badge collection process, increasing user compliance, tracking and controlling dose for high-risk employees, and alerting radiation safety officers (RSO) via e-mails when a dose exceeds a user-specified level. On-demand reports are also available and eliminate the need to ship badges to create and access reports.
A configurable calendar is used to set automatic read dates. At the scheduled date, the badge will attempt to transmit data to Mirion’s secure servers. If communication does not occur, the badge will attempt to communicate every hour for 24 hours without intervention. If the dosimeter is unable to communicate, the data will be stored until the next successful connection is established. Additionally, manual reads can be performed at any time by pressing the button on the back of the badge.
Data collection is facilitated for the healthcare facility by instaLink HotSpot stations, which securely capture and transmit the dose data to Mirion’s servers when the dosimeter is within BLE communication range of 7.5 meters or more, depending on the physical environment and straight line of sight. The dosimeter is controlled by the Instadose app (available for android and Apple iOS), which reads the radiation dose accumulated on dosimeter. The app allows the user and RSO’s to view dose history, dosimeter assignment details, dose reads, and status.