AAPM Task Groups TG-53 and TG-201 have described an extensive list of Quality Assurance tests for imaging, planning and delivery systems. One of the key tests within all of these systems is verifying patient position with regards to patient orientation. Even though the Radiation Oncology and Imaging Industries have attempted to standardize DICOM transfer of patient data throughout the export and import processes, the potential for the data to be mirrored/flipped still exists. To address this potential for error, IMT, in conjunction with our clinical partners, has developed a DICOM Orientation Verification phantom, the DOVe™.
Constructed of durable urethane, the DOVe™ emulates two distinct patient features: the head and the feet - engraved on opposite sides. These two features depict head first or feet first patient orientation. Additionally, both images denote either supine or prone patient setup. Complementing each of these two distinct patient orientations are engraved markings which indicate decubitus left or decubitus right.