Radiation exposure of cardiac catheterization laboratory staff is a known occupational hazard, and efforts are made to obtain dose levels which are "as low as reasonably achievable". This study assessed the reduction in staff radiation exposure using cine framing at 12.5 f s-1 during coronary cineangiography, instead of 25 f s-1. Thermoluminescent dosemeters were used to measure equivalent dose at several sites for the operator, nurse assistant, and X-ray technician during 15 procedures at both frame rates. Patient-related and procedure-related variables were similar in the two groups of examinations. Mean equivalent dose absorbed (microSv) at the left side of the forehead was reduced by 61\%, 60\% and 36\%, for the operator, nurse assistant and X-ray technician, respectively. With use of the lower frame rate similar reductions by 42\%, 62\% and 62\% were measured at the thyroid level, and by 51\%, 40\% and 61\% at the mid-thorax level. Cinefilming at low frame rates during coronary arteriography allows a substantial X-ray dose reduction at all body sites for all staff. Use of lower frame rates wherever possible is of special interest since it may also reduce patient radiation exposure.

Short communication: staff dose reduction during coronary angiography using low framing speed.

RIBICHINI, Flavio Luciano;
1996

Abstract

Radiation exposure of cardiac catheterization laboratory staff is a known occupational hazard, and efforts are made to obtain dose levels which are "as low as reasonably achievable". This study assessed the reduction in staff radiation exposure using cine framing at 12.5 f s-1 during coronary cineangiography, instead of 25 f s-1. Thermoluminescent dosemeters were used to measure equivalent dose at several sites for the operator, nurse assistant, and X-ray technician during 15 procedures at both frame rates. Patient-related and procedure-related variables were similar in the two groups of examinations. Mean equivalent dose absorbed (microSv) at the left side of the forehead was reduced by 61\%, 60\% and 36\%, for the operator, nurse assistant and X-ray technician, respectively. With use of the lower frame rate similar reductions by 42\%, 62\% and 62\% were measured at the thyroid level, and by 51\%, 40\% and 61\% at the mid-thorax level. Cinefilming at low frame rates during coronary arteriography allows a substantial X-ray dose reduction at all body sites for all staff. Use of lower frame rates wherever possible is of special interest since it may also reduce patient radiation exposure.
Cineradiography, Coronary Angiography; methods, Humans, Male, Medical Laboratory Personnel, Middle Aged, Occupational Exposure; analysis, Radiation Dosage, Radiology Department; Hospital, Thermoluminescent Dosimetry
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