RaysAware - an ionising radiation learning app
The Cancer Council Western Australia and the Western Australian Department of Health have collaborated and released the RaysAware app for doctors and other health personnel who refer patients for diagnostic imaging tests. The app is based on the Radiation Training Module in the Department's Diagnostic Imaging Pathways.
The aims of RaysAware are to improve the knowledge of ionizing radiation by
- promoting an understanding of the risks and benefits of medical radiation
- ensuring that health personnel are equipped to communicate the benefits and risks of diagnostic imaging to their patients
The overall goal is to ensure that patients are not unnecessarily exposed to ionising radiation and that the use of diagnostic medical radiation is justified and appropriate for individual patients.
DIP 4 Kids App
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and the Western Australian Department of Health have developed the DIP 4 Kids app to support a reduction in unwarranted exposure to radiation from CT scans for children. The app is based on the paediatric decision aids in the Department’s Diagnostic Imaging Pathways (DIP).
DIP 4 Kids supports clinicians in evidence-based decisions about imaging options for young people and children, including when to use CT scanning. The app provides clinicians, parents and carers with assistance in decisions on paediatric CT for over 20 clinical conditions and injuries occurring in children and young people, and provides links to a range of other resources developed by the Commission. It also includes information on the level of radiation used by each imaging type.
Abdominal Pain (Chronic)
This pathway, which provides guidance on imaging in adult patients with non-acute abdominal pain, now has a link to the NPS MedicineWise CPD online learning module. This module has been developed to support GPs, registrars and medical students to make best use of diagnostic imaging when investigating chronic abdominal pain. View the link to the module
App for AndroidUpdate: The DIP App is no longer available
The app based on DIP and suitable for Android 4.3 and higher is freely available. Similar to the iPhone version, once downloaded it is fully operational without the need for an internet connection. Access to the internet is required for periodic updates. An intuitive menu structure allows navigation to the suite of pathways, which covers all of the major organ systems and many clinical conditions.
App for iPhonesUpdate: The DIP App is no longer available
The app based on DIP and optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus is freely available. Once downloaded it is fully operational without the need for an internet connection. Access to the internet is required for periodic updates. An intuitive menu structure allows navigation to the suite of pathways, which covers all of the major organ systems and many clinical conditions.
A facebook page has been established for the app, which provides information about its content and functionality and helps to keep followers up-to-date with frequent changes. DIP app facebook page
A facebook page has been established for the website to help keep followers up-to-date with frequent changes as well as relevant news and initiatives. DIP website facebook page