A review of radiation protection solutions for the staff in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory

Badawy, M, Deb, P, Chan, R and Farouque, O 2015, 'A review of radiation protection solutions for the staff in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory', Heart Lung and Circulation, vol. 25, no. 10, pp. 961-967.


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Title A review of radiation protection solutions for the staff in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory
Author(s) Badawy, M
Deb, P
Chan, R
Farouque, O
Year 2015
Journal name Heart Lung and Circulation
Volume number 25
Issue number 10
Start page 961
End page 967
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Adverse health effects of radiation exposure to staff in cardiac catheterisation laboratories have been well documented in the literature. Examples include increased risk of cataracts as well as possible malignancies. These risks can be partly mitigated by reducing scatter radiation exposure to staff during diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures. There are currently commercially available radiation protection tools, including radioprotective caps, gloves, eyewear, thyroid collars, aprons, mounted shields, table skirts and patient drapes to protect staff from excessive radiation exposure. Furthermore, real-time dose feedback could lead to procedural changes that reduce operator dose. The objective of this review is to examine the efficacy of these tools and provide practical recommendations to reduce occupational radiation exposure with the aim of minimising long-term adverse health outcomes.
Subject Medical Physics
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Keyword(s) Cardiac catheterisation laboratory
Interventional cardiology
Radiation protection
Radiation safety
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.hlc.2016.02.021
Copyright notice © 2016 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).
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