What is the radiation exposure of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Justin A Siegal, MD  more...
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Radiation exposure is an important consideration when performing these procedures. In a study analyzing 11 cases of vertebroplasty, patient effective doses were estimated at 34mGy with average fluoroscopy times of 28 minutes (in comparison, a typical CT abdomen and pelvis effective dose is 8–14 mGy). Operator exposures were highest to the hands and chest, although there was a decrease in occupational dose by 76% with the use of mobile shielding. It was estimated that an operator could perform 150 procedures annually before exceeding annual dose constraints. [17]

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