Concerns have grown in recent years regarding radiation related risks associated with diagnostic imaging examinations.
Of particular importance,
are interventional cardiology procedures,
which have been proven to result in significantly high doses of radiation for both patient and staff.
Thisis due to the increasing number,
complexity and diversity of interventional procedures over the last number of years 1 .
Dose optimization through use of DRLs is essential to minimize both the patient and...
Methods and materials
Part1: Cardiology clinicians and radiographers in an adult and a paediatric hospital in Dublin completed a pre-intervention questionnaire (22 questions). Part2: A “record and report” intervention was implemented over a two-week period.
A poster portraying agreed reference dose levels 3 for the four most common interventional procedures (adult/paediatric) was displayed at the exposure control in each centre (Fig1). 1.
the radiographer would verbally inform the clinician...
Across two adult and one paediatric centre 15 cardiac clinicians and 29 radiographers participated. All had completed radiation safety training: 64% in-housetraining; 27% medical council approved course; 41% included inBSc degree; 7% post-graduate radiation course.
only 2/44 participants correctly stated the annual permissible dose for occupational exposure to radiation. Pre-Post Intervention: Pre -intervention just under 50% of participants referred to a radiation log,
Cardiac clinicians and radiographers benefited from the intervention.
Particular emphasis should be placed on improving communication between radiographer and clinician and considering the impact of a dose when compared to the local CV DRLs.
Implementation of this type of intervention as routine practice requires further review and this is recommended.
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