Radiation Exposure and Safety
Coronary angiography is a widely available diagnostic and therapeutic modality. Radiation exposure is set to increase as a result of greater complexity of coronary and structural cases now being undertaken. Therefore all cardiologists need to be aware of not only the risks of radiation but also strategies to minimize radiation exposure for both patients and catheter laboratory staff.
This chapter aims to provide a brief overview of basic radiation physics, highlight associated risks of radiation, and emphasize strategies to minimize radiation exposure.
KeywordsCoronary angiography Basic radiation principles X-rays Adverse effects Radiation safety Radiation protection
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