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|Title:||A review of radiation protection solutions for the staff in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory|
|Authors:||Badawy, Mohamed Khaldoun;Deb, Pradip;Chan, Robert K;Farouque, Omar|
|Citation:||Heart, Lung and Circulation 2016, 13 April epub|
|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 and 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.|
|Type of Clinical Study or Trial:||Reviews/Systematic Reviews|
|Appears in Collections:||Journal articles|
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