Title

A novel comprehensive radiation shielding system eliminates need for personal lead aprons in the catheterization laboratory.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2022

Publication Title

Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions

Abstract

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

DOI

10.1002/ccd.30490

ISSN

1522-726X

PubMed ID

36453459

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