What do you know about your lifetime radiation exposure? For clinicians who operate in front of image intensifiers four to five days a week, the associated health risks can include cancer, cataracts and genetic risks.1
REACT promotes awareness around occupational radiation exposure and educates clinicians on the potential benefits of Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) as an adjunct to angiography. Studies suggest that IVUS guidance during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures may be associated with improved outcomes in certain patient populations, as well as reduced radiation and contrast usage compared to angiography alone. 2, 3
1. Limacher C. Marian, et al. Radiation Safety in the Practice of Cardiology. JACC Vol. 31, No. 4 March 15, 1998:892-913.
2. Hoshina, et al. A Retrospective Study of Intravascular Ultrasound Use in Patients Undergoing Endovascular Aneurysm Repair: Its Usefulness and a Description of the Procedure. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2010; 40: 559-563.
3. Lee, J. T., Fang, T. D., & White, R. a. (2006). Applications of intravascular ultrasound in the treatment of peripheral occlusive disease. Seminars in Vascular Surgery. 19(3), 139-44.
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