Published January 8, 2015
Software developed by UB researchers at the university’s Toshiba Stroke & Vascular Research Center has received a 2014 “Minnies” award from AuntMinnie.com, one of the top websites in the radiology community.
The Dose Tracking System (DTS) — marketed by Toshiba but developed by a research group led by Daniel Bednarek, professor of radiology — took first place as “Best New Radiology Software” for 2014. It debuted last March at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
The DTS gives physicians a better idea of how much radiation patients are receiving during interventional fluoroscopic procedures, such as cardiac catheter ablation, vascular embolization and stent, filter or coil placement.
The DTS provides real-time data on the delivery of radiation during these interventional procedures via a detailed, intuitive, color-coded, 3-D map of the skin-dose distribution on a graphic of the patient. It highlights, with changing colors, if and when an area targeted to receive radiation should be changed to distribute the skin dose and minimize the chances of locally concentrated radiation exposure.
The software, approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, enables physicians to significantly reduce the risk of such radiation-based skin injuries as erythema, epilation, desquamation or skin necrosis.
The DTS has received a number of other awards and accolades, in addition to the Minnies. They include: