Diagnostic reference levels in angiography and interventional radiology: A Belgian multi-centre study

F. Bleeser, M. T. Hoornaert, K. Smans, Lara Struelens, N. Buls, D. Berus, Peter Clerinx, L. Hambach, F. Malchair, H. Bosmans

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    The purpose of this study was to determine diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for common angiographic and interventional procedures in Belgium. Dose Area Product (DAP) measurements were performed on 21 systems, (13 angiography and 4 vascular surgery centres). Type of procedure, total DAP, patient weight and height were collected on a daily basis during 1 y. The 75th percentile of the distribution of DAP values was defined as DRL. Preliminary DRLs were calculated for the three most frequent procedures for the whole population, for a weight class of patients (65-80 kg) and normalised to the standard size patient. Among them, the DRL for angiography of the lower limbs (30% of the procedures) from the whole population was 74.6 and 63.2 Gycm2 for the size corrected. The mean DAP values of each room was then compared to these DRLs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)50-55
    Number of pages6
    JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
    Issue number1-3
    StatePublished - Mar 2008


    This work was made possible thanks to the funding and help of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (AFCN/FANC), the impact of the High Council of Health (CSH/HGR) and the participation of the centres and the implication of their local personnel. May they find here the expression of gratitude of the authors. This study was funded in Belgium by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC/AFCN).

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    FANC-AFCN - Federaal agentschap voor nucleaire controle-Agence fédérale de contrôle nucléaire

      ASJC Scopus subject areas

      • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
      • Radiation
      • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
      • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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