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Title: A review of radiation protection solutions for the staff in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory
Austin Authors: Badawy, Mohamed Khaldoun;Deb, Pradip;Chan, Robert K ;Farouque, Omar 
Affiliation: Department of Medical Physics, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Department of Cardiology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University
Issue Date: Oct-2016 2016-04-13
Publication information: Heart, Lung and Circulation 2016; 25(10): 961-967
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.
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2016.02.021
ORCID: 0000-0001-8029-9951
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Radiation Protection
Cardiac Catheterization
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Reviews/Systematic Reviews
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