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Revista chilena de cardiología

versión On-line ISSN 0718-8560

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RAMOS-AVASOLA, Sergio et al. Radioprotection and Dosímetry in Interventional Cardiology Units in South America. A Pilot study. Rev Chil Cardiol [online]. 2020, vol.39, n.2, pp.105-113. ISSN 0718-8560.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-85602020000200105.

Background:

Due to the increasing number of interventional cardiology procedures currently performed, health professionals (POE) are exposed to ionizing radiation unless adequate protective elements are used.

Aim:

to describe the use of radioprotection elements and dosimetry in interventional cardiology laboratories in South America.

Methods:

A self-administered survey was performed on 139 POE of both sexes and 7 countries using an online platform. Demographic data, dosimetry and characteristics of radioprotection analyzed.

Results:

Commonly used radioprotective elements (lead aprons and collars) were used in 99.5% and 98% respectively. Recently introduced protection elements like lead goggles, caps and drapery were used in 36.8, 6.8 and 34.2% , respectively. Dosimetry according to the International Atomic Energy Commission (OIAE) was performed in only 7.9% of the procedures.

Conclusion:

there is a severe lack of adequate radioprotection during interventional cardiology procedures. Urgent measures, including technical implementation and educational interventions are needed to improve radioprotection in interventional cardiology.

Palabras clave : Radiation; interventional cardiology; radioprotection equipment; professionals occupationally exposed (POE); dosimetry; lead aprons; lead goggles; lead caps; thyroid collar.

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