Occupational doses for the first and second operators in lebanese interventional cardiology suites

C. Rizk, Jad Farah, G. Fares, Filip Vanhavere

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    The study monitored occupational dose for 12 interventional cardiologists (first operators) and 10 technicians (second operators), from 10 different Lebanese hospitals performing coronary angiography and precutaneous coronary interventions exclusively on adult patients. Each individual wore dosemeters under and over the lead apron at chest and collar level, respectively, on the wrist and next to the left eye. The total follow-up period for each first/second operator varied between two to six bimonthly monitoring periods. For the first operator, the mean (range) effective, hand and eye lens doses were of 6 (1–41), 112 (10–356) and 15 (5–47) μSv/procedure, respectively. These were of 2.3 (0.1–8), 16 (2–109) and 7 (2–14) μSv/procedure for the second operator. Extrapolated annual eye lens doses revealed that both first and second operators may exceed 3/10th of the annual eye lens dose permissible limit thus supporting the need for dedicated eye lens monitoring
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)438-447
    Number of pages10
    JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2 Dec 2018

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