Radiation During Cardiovascular Imaging

Ariel Roguin; Prashant Nair


Br J Cardiol. 2007;14(5):289-292. 

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Clinical Decision-Making

The cardiologist needs to weigh the advantages and risks of every imaging modality. The patient’s clinical characteristics and the likelihood for cardiovascular disease should be considered carefully, and each patient’s management should be tailored. Table 1 compares effective radiation doses with background radiation exposure and the equivalent number of chest X-rays for several imaging modalities frequently used in cardiology and general medicine. The calculated dose estimates originate from various papers and were obtained in a heterogeneous patient population at different institutes with a variety of equipment.


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