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Challenges in Occupational Dosimetry for Interventional Radiologists


This review presents the challenges met by interventional radiologists in occupational dosimetry. The issues mentioned are derived from the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, the CIRSE guidelines on “Occupational radiation protection in interventional radiology" and the requirements of the European directive on Basic Safety Standards. The criteria for a proper use of personal dosimeters and the need to introduce optimization actions in some cases are set out in this review. The pros and cons of the electronic real-time dosimeters are outlined and the potential pitfalls associated with the use of personal dosimeters summarized. The electronic dosimeters, together with the appropriate software, allow an active optimization of the interventional procedures.

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This work has been partially founded by the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (Project EDOCI) and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Carlos III Health Institute) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Project MEDICI Number PI16/01413.

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Vano, E., Sanchez Casanueva, R., Fernandez Soto, J.M. et al. Challenges in Occupational Dosimetry for Interventional Radiologists. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 44, 866–870 (2021).

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  • Occupational radiation protection
  • Personal dosimetry
  • Real-time electronic dosimetry
  • Interventional radiology