Radiation Safety Hygiene

The Mentice Radiation Safety software module is designed for physicians, nurses, and technicians who use interventional fluoroscopy equipment.

Radiation carries with it serious risks both to the medical team and the patient. The incidence of lens opacities after several years of work in a cath lab can be up to 40-50%, and unintended use of extreme doses to patients can cause life-changing injuries. Learning proper radiation reduction techniques is therefore critical for all interventional procedures. 


This Mentice unique solution increases the value of the procedural training by adding a hands-on ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) component to all of the user’s installed training modules. The plug-in assumes some familiarity with interventional fluoroscopy and the basic principles of ionizing radiation.

An evidence-based radiation model takes into account the patient anatomy, C-arm geometry and operator-controlled settings, and dynamically calculates realistic air kerma, KAP, ESD and PSD readings. The delivered dose affects the degree of noise on the fluoroscopy x-ray image, which opens for training on how to best manage difficult imaging situations

Furthermore, a number of instructive visual heatmaps with live information on current dose distributions are displayed, both for patient skin dose and for scattered radiation to the operator and team. Together with many other advanced functionalities, such as estimation of eye doses, the plug-in lets the trainee optimize his or her own radiation reduction skills under highly realistic conditions, but in a completely radiation-free environment.


Mentice Radiation Safety provides a suitable platform for:

  • Realistic and safe radiation safety training
  • Hands-on training to newly-hired or current staff
  • Hospital credentialing and privileging
  • Skill center radiation training for nurses and techs Implementing an effective radiation safety program





[fa icon="plus-square"] Procedural training objectives
  • Balancing between delivered dose and image quality – ALAR
  • A principle Understanding deterministic and stochastic effects
  • Understanding when and why high doses occur Adjusting table and detector height for optimal exposure
  • Use of LIH, pulse rate and dose level to limit fluoroscopy dose
  • Proper use of cine and DSA, frame rate and fluoro store
  • Use of magnification, collimation, wedge filters, and virtual guidance
  • Reducing dose for steep angulation or large patients Varying beam angle and keeping extremities out of the beam
  • Awareness of staff positions relative to direct beam and scatter
  • Learning the benefits of using protective wear and shielding Lowering dose throughout the case, not just after a notification


[fa icon="plus-square"] Functionality and Features
  • Evidence-based radiation model
  • All modern operator controls available
  • Live readings of air kerma, KAP, ESD and PSD • Rates and cumulative values displayed as on
  • real systems
  • Live heatmap visualizations of patient and operator exposure
  • Delivered dose realistically affects image quality
  • Large patients affect delivered dose
  • Visualization of radiation beam
  • Dose warnings and notifications
  • Physician organ doses displayed
  • Reference dose information available
  • Patent pending technology
  • Radiation Safety Hygiene
  • Radiation Safety Hygiene