A novel comprehensive radiation shielding system eliminates need for personal lead aprons in the catheterization laboratory.
Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions
OBJECTIVES: This clinical study evaluated the efficacy of a novel radiation shielding system for the cardiac catheterization laboratory designed to provide comprehensive protection that obviates the need for personal lead aprons.
BACKGROUND: Invasive Cardiologists are exposed to occupational health hazards related directly to radiation exposure (RE) and indirectly to the orthopedic burden of wearing only partially protective lead aprons. Innovations to reduce these risks are warranted. A novel comprehensive shielding system (Protego
METHODS: This clinical analysis measured RE to a single Physician operator utilizing the Protego
RESULTS: In n=98 cases (25% diagnostic, 75% interventional including 22% chronic total occlusions), median/case RE was 0.4 mrems (thyroid) and 0.2 mrems (waist). RE=0 in 12 cases. In no case did radiation exposure exceed 3.2 mrems.
CONCLUSION: The Protego
Rabah M, Allen S, Abbas AE, Dixon S. A novel comprehensive radiation shielding system eliminates need for personal lead aprons in the catheterization laboratory. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2022 Dec 1. doi: 10.1002/ccd.30490. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36453459.