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Children's Radiation Exposure During Cardiac Treatment can be Reduced With a New Protocol

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
A new protocol was found to effectively reduce radiation exposure in children during cardiac treatment.

Invasive cardiac electrophysiology is used to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, which can range from the benign to the life-threatening.
 Children's Radiation Exposure During Cardiac Treatment can be Reduced With a New Protocol
Children's Radiation Exposure During Cardiac Treatment can be Reduced With a New Protocol
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In the study, researchers looked at boys and girls who underwent electrophysiology. The downside of this imaging is that it exposes patients to a continuous flow of radiation, said Akash R. Patel, at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pa.

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"We compared the radiation exposure of 70 children who had undergone the procedures before we began the protocol to that of 61 children who had the procedures after we instituted the protocol," Patel said.

The new protocol uses a low dose fluoroscopy setting and continuous real-time monitoring of radiation exposure. When the radiation dose registers at certain levels, the physician is notified so that the he or she can adjust the fluoroscopy cameras to minimize 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.

"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."

Source: ANI
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