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Revista chilena de cardiología

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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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