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Title: Radiation Dose Optimization in Interventional Cardiology: A Teaching Hospital Experience.
Austin Authors: Badawy, M K;Clark, Tegan ;Carrion, Daniel ;Deb, P;Farouque, Omar 
Affiliation: Monash Imaging, Monash Health, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
Medical Physics
Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2018
Date: 2018-04-15
Publication information: Cardiology Research and Practice 2018; 6912841
Abstract: Radiological interventions play an increasingly relevant role in cardiology. Due to the inherent risks of ionizing radiation, proper care must be taken with monitoring and optimizing the dose delivered in angiograms to pose as low risk as possible to staff and patients. Dose optimization is particularly pertinent in teaching hospitals, where longer procedure times are at times necessary to accommodate the teaching needs of junior staff, and thus impart a more significant radiation dose. This study aims to analyze the effects of different protocol settings in routine coronary angiograms, from the perspective of a large tertiary center implementing a rapid dose reduction program. Routine coronary angiograms were chosen to compare baseline levels of radiation, and the dose imparted before and after dose optimization techniques was measured. Such methods included lowering dose per pulse, fluoroscopic pulse rates, and cine acquisition frame rates. The results showed up to 63% reduction in radiation dose without adverse impact on clinical or teaching outcomes. A 10 fps/low and 5 pps/low setting was found to achieve maximum dose optimization, with the caveat that settings require incremental changes to accommodate for patient complexities.
DOI: 10.1155/2018/6912841
ORCID: 0000-0001-8029-9951
Journal: Cardiology Research and Practice
PubMed URL: 29850228
ISSN: 2090-8016
Type: Journal Article
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