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Radiation Safety 

Radiation Safety
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Radiation Safety
Author(s):

Raymond H. Thornton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190276249.003.0006
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date: 20 September 2019

Resist the temptation to gloss over this chapter—it discusses the risks and safest uses of ionizing radiation utilized by interventional radiologists during medical procedures every day. The metrics used to measure and report fluoroscopic and computed tomography (CT) doses to patients (information required to be reported by the Joint Commission) are discussed. Detrimental effects of radiation, including stochastic effects (i.e., adverse effects that may occur at any dose) and deterministic effects (which occur when a threshold has been exceeded), are reviewed, as are the data that the risk of stochastic effects is based upon. Finally, techniques that operators should practice during every procedure to minimize radiation dosage, summarized by the acronym I SAVE DOSE, are introduced and presented in detail.

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