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Manufacturers of medical imaging equipment have two overriding priorities in the development and production of equipment: to provide medical staff with the best possible imagery that supports their decision making and diagnosis of disease while, at the same time, keeping the amount of radiation required for any given clinical image as low as possible. They try to support this not only through technical innovation and optimized design of the equipment, but also in training and education of medical personnel to help ensure proper operation of the equipment.
Guided by regulatory guidelines on maximum allowable radiation dose, such as those from the International Commission on Radiological Protection, as well as industry-standard practices, for example those issued by the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) in the USA, manufacturers use established radiation protection principles in the design of their equipment to ensure that the amount of radiation required is As Low As Reasonably Achievable, known by the acronym ALARA. (In some parts of the world, this is also known as ALARP or As Low As Reasonably Practicable).
Once imaging equipment has been installed, manufacturers provide a wide range of comprehensive education and training for medical staff and operators to help enable them to use the equipment correctly.