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ECR 2019 / C-0907
Paediatric Interventional Cardiology Diagnostic Reference Levels in Ireland
Congress: ECR 2019
Poster No.: C-0907
Type: Scientific Exhibit
Keywords: Quality assurance, Radiation safety, Fluoroscopy, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Paediatric, Cardiac
Authors: D. Murphy, S. McCoubrey; Dublin/IE

Aims and objectives


The aim of this work was to propose a set of national diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for paediatric interventional cardiology (IC) procedures for the Irish population.  As has been previously reported [1], little published information exists on radiation exposure in paediatric IC. In recent times, ICRP [2] have highlighted the need for DRLs in IC. Furthermore, RP 185 [3] states that “no NDRLs exist for paediatric IR procedures, and LDRLs have been published only for paediatric interventional cardiology (IC) procedures. The development of LDRLs for these procedures should be encouraged and the feasibility of NDRLs and EDRLs should be studied.”  This study uses data from the national specialist paediatric centre in Ireland. As noted in [4], in small countries most paediatric interventions are carries out in a single paediatric centre and DRLs calculated from the workload for that centre could reasonably be considered national DRLs.

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