Radiation Protection During Fluoroscopy Guided Electrophysiology Procedures

Fluoroscopy-Guided-Electrophysiology-Procedures

Radiation Protection During Fluoroscopy Guided Electrophysiology Procedures

Fluoroscopy-Guided-Electrophysiology-Procedures

Radiation exposure is a significant concern during fluoroscopy guided electrophysiology procedures. A recent study has shown that the use of RADPAD® Radiation Protection Shields can significantly reduce scatter radiation exposure to staff and operators.

The study found that mean dosimetric measurements at the hand were reduced by 63%, and measurements at the elbow were reduced by 55% using the RADPAD® protective drape. This is a testament to the effectiveness of our shields in providing an added layer of protection for healthcare professionals.

At RADPAD®, we are dedicated to enhancing safety in medical procedures by reducing both staff and patient radiation exposure. Let’s continue to prioritize safety in all electrophysiology procedures!

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Abstract


Objective

The purpose of this study was to evaluate a novel disposable lead-free radiation protection drape for decreasing radiation scatter during electrophysiology procedures.

Background

In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of electrophysiology (EP) procedures exposing patients, operators and laboratory staff to higher radiation doses.

Methods

The RADPAD was positioned slightly lateral to the incision site for pectoral device implants and superior to the femoral vein during electrophysiology studies. Each patient served as their own control and dosimetric measurements were obtained at the examiner’s elbow and hand. Radiation badge readings for the operator were obtained three months prior to RADPAD use and three months after introduction.

Results

Radiation dosimetry was obtained in twenty patients: 7 electrophysiology studies, 6 pacemakers, 5 catheter ablations, and 2 implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Eleven women and nine men with a mean age of 63 +/- 4 years had an average fluoroscopy time of 2.5 +/- 0.42 minutes per case. Mean dosimetric measurements at the hand were reduced from 141.38 +/- 24.67 to 48.63 +/- 9.02 milliroentgen (mR) per hour using the protective drape (63% reduction; p < 0.0001). Measurements at the elbow were reduced from 78.78 +/- 7.95 mR per hour to 34.50 +/- 4.18 mR per hour using the drape (55% reduction; p < 0.0001). Badge readings for three months prior to drape introduction averaged 2.45 mR per procedure versus 1.54 mR per procedure for 3 months post-initiation (37% reduction).

Conclusion

The use of a novel radiation protection surgical drape can significantly reduce scatter radiation exposure to staff and operators during a variety of EP procedures.

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