Study: Radiation Protection Training May Reduce Skin Dose in Interventional Cardiology

July 1, 2012 | Evaluations & Guidance


A recent study published in the British Journal of Radiologysuggests that radiation protection training for interventional cardiology procedures can significantly reduce patient skin dose, potentially resulting in fewer skin lesions.

In the study, Journy et al. analyzed 177 coronary angiographies and/or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasties. To avoid causing skin lesions during these procedures, it is important to control the peak patient skin dose. The authors report that dose was dependent on which cardiologist (operator) performed the procedure, probably related to their attitude toward radioprotection as demonstrated by the selection of technical imaging factors. For example, dose was minimized by the use of collimation,...

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