The establishment of local diagnostic reference levels for paediatric interventional cardiology

Sonyia McFadden, Ciara Hughes, CI D’Helft, A McGee, L Rainford, PC Brennan, Evie McCrum-Gardner, J. R. Winder

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Abstract

Background: There is a paucity of information worldwide on radiation exposure in paediatric interventional cardiology. At present Nationally established Diagnostic Reference Levels exist for adult interventional cardiology procedures in the UK but little data is available for paediatrics. In addition,interventional cardiology has been identified as one the highest contributors to medical exposure to ionising radiation and children are more radiosensitive than adults. Objective: This study sought to determine current radiation dose levels in paediatric interventional cardiology (IC) with a view to establishing local diagnostic reference levels (LDRL). Methods: Radiation dose and examination details were recorded for 354 paediatric patients examined by IC in a specialised paediatric centre in Europe. Radiation doses were recorded using a Dose Area Product meter along with examination details. Procedures were categorised as either diagnostic (A) or therapeutic (B). Data was further sub-divided into five age ranges; (1) newborn
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalRadiography
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2013

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