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Radiation dose reduction among sub-speciality cardiologists and the importance of tibial protection

June 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:72–4 doi:10.5837/bjc.2014.016

Radiation dose reduction among sub-speciality cardiologists and the importance of tibial protection

Thanh T Phan, Muhammad Awan, Dave Williams, Simon James, Andrew Thornley, Andrew G C Sutton, Mark de Belder, Nicholas J Linker, Andrew J Turley  

Abstract

Introduction Occupational radiation doses in fluoroscopy-guided interventional procedures are highest among medical staff using X-rays, particularly cardiologists involved in interventional procedures.1 The danger of radiation, such as radiation-induced cataracts in operators,2 has led to a significant focus on radiation safety in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory. Garments, lead goggles, skull caps, ceiling suspended shields, curtains under the table, and other protective equipment, provide a significant reduction in occupational doses.3 It is necessary for cardiologists to wear personal dosimeters during procedures for personal safety

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