New protocol reduces radiation exposure in pediatric electrophysiology procedures

November 21, 2017

22 percent reduction in the time that the X-ray machine was on 52 percent reduction in the dose of X-ray entering the skin, which helps to prevent skin injury 51 percent reduction in median effective dose, which correlates with the lifetime increased risk of cancer from radiation exposure.

"While we did not measure what these lower doses mean in the long run, we presume, for example, that reducing the effective dose will decrease the child's lifetime increased cancer risk from radiation exposure," Patel said.

"The public should be aware of radiation exposure from electrophysiology procedures, and physicians and hospitals should be vigilant in implementing protocols aimed at reducing radiation exposure from these procedures. This is especially important in children to minimize their risk of radiation-induced cancer because they should live for many decades after their procedures."

Source: American Heart Association