Innovations in Radiation Safety During Cardiovascular Catheterization

Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD


Circulation. 2018;137(13):1317-1319. 

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Abstract and Introduction


Interventional cardiovascular procedures are rapidly evolving, allowing treatment of increasingly complex patients such as those with chronic total occlusions, bifurcations, calcified vessels, multivessel coronary artery disease, aortic aneurysms, and valvular heart disease. This increase in complexity can lead to higher patient and operator radiation dose, thereby increasing the risk for complications such as radiation skin injury, cataracts, and cancer. The risk for radiation injury is likely to worsen given the progressive increase in the population undergoing cardiovascular procedures and the steady climb in patients' body mass index. Reducing radiation dose to patients, operators,[1,2] or ideally both has been the aim of several innovative technologies (Table).