Radiation protection in interventional fluoroscopy

The use of fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures is increasing around the world.  These minimally invasive procedures are used as an alternative to conventional surgery, resulting in reduced patient morbidity and mortality. Radiation doses to patients from fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures may be high enough to cause skin injuries and increased probability of developing cancer in future years. There is also a risk to staff members of deterministic effects such as cataract formation.

Although many fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures are conducted in radiology departments, they are increasingly performed by non-radiologists in other areas of the hospital, such as hybrid operating rooms. It is important to ensure that adequate radiation protection training and support services are provided to staff members involved in fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures in all areas of the hospital.  
 

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