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Nuno Dias

Associate professor

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Techniques to reduce radiation for patients and operators during aortic endografting.

Author

  • Tim Resch
  • Per Törnqvist
  • Björn Sonesson
  • Nuno Dias

Summary, in English

Endovascular aortic repair of aortic pathologies has become widely spread among vascular surgeons. Much focus has been directed at perfecting and developing endovascular procedures to treat evermore-complex issues. Much less focus has been directed at the radiation hazards to patients as well as operators and staff when such procedures are performed. Radiation exposure must be used according to the ALARA (As low As Reasonably Achievable) principle to avoid short- and long-term negative side effects. Modern imaging technology offers many technological developments to reduce radiation such as low dose programs, pulsed imaging, flat-panel technology and advanced intraoperative imaging techniques. But beside this, simple measures, based on the understanding of radiation exposure, can easily be implemented in everyday standard practice. Appropriate shielding of patients and staff, using adjuncts to be able to keep a safe distance to the radiation source and avoiding to work with inappropriate C- arm angulations should be used routinely. Continued education of vascular surgeons is imperative to implement changes in practice to reduce radiation exposure.

Department/s

  • Vascular Diseases - Clinical Research

Publishing year

2016

Language

English

Pages

178-184

Publication/Series

Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

Volume

57

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Edizioni Minerva Medica

Topic

  • Surgery

Status

Published

Research group

  • Vascular Diseases - Clinical Research

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0021-9509