EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Performed at one institution, Cross-sectional study, Retrospective, Dosimetric comparison, Dosimetry, Fluoroscopy, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Paediatric, Action 7 - Radiation protection of children
A. Ploussi, S. Rammos, I. Seimenis, E. Efstathopoulos
The frequency and complexity of paediatric interventional cardiology (IC) procedures have increased over the last decades . Exposure of children to ionizing radiation requires special attention since, compared to adults, they face an increased risk of developing radiation-induced cancers during their lifetime. Moreover, paediatric patients with congenital heart diseases (CHD) often undergo multiple IC procedures during their lifetime, thus absorbing high cumulative and skin radiation doses . It is imperative, therefore, to implement Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs) and optimize clinical protocols in paediatric IC. However, according to “Radiation Protection 185: European Guidelines on Diagnostic Reference Levels for Paediatric Imaging” , data concerning radiation doses and DRLs in paediatric IC are limited.
The aim of the current study was to establish local DRLs (LDRLs) for diagnostic and therapeutic paediatric IC procedures at the largest Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Diseases Department in Greece.