Lead Shield Reduces Radiation Exposure During Catheterization

Share this content:
Lead Shield Reduces Radiation Exposure During Catheterization
Lead Shield Reduces Radiation Exposure During Catheterization

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of an accessory lead shield placed between the staff member and the patient during cardiac catheterization can reduce radiation exposure among technologists and nurses, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Ryan D. Madder, M.D., from Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and colleagues examined real-time radiation exposure data collected among nurses and technologists during 764 catheterizations. Standard radiation protection measures were used in Phase I (401 catheterizations), and standard radiation measures were combined with an accessory lead shield placed between the staff member and patient in Phase II (363 patients). The effective dose normalized to dose area product (EDAP) was the measure of radiation exposure.

The researchers found that use of an accessory lead shield in Phase II was correlated with a 62.5 and a 63.6 percent lower EDAP per case among technologists and nurses, respectively. Accessory shielding remained independently associated with a lower EDAP among both technologists and nurses in multivariate analysis (34.2 and 36.4 percent reductions, respectively).

"The relatively simple approach of using accessory lead shields to protect staff members during cardiac catheterization was associated with a nearly two-thirds reduction in radiation exposure among nurses and technologists," the authors write.

One author disclosed ties to Corindus Vascular Robotics, which partially funded the study.

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in the United States

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in ...

Agency says effective HIV prevention, treatment not reaching those who could most benefit

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in Children

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in ...

All children with sustained unresponsiveness ingested concentrated and baked egg

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut ...

ASD risk down for children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during first month of pregnancy

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »