Radiation dose reduction during neuroendovascular procedures

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Abstract

Aim

To describe the impact of steps towards reduction of procedural doses of radiation during neuroendovascular procedures.

Methods

Phantom exposures under controlled circumstances were performed using a Rando-Alderson adult-sized head phantom. Customized imaging protocols were devised for pediatric and adult imaging and implemented in clinical use. Outcome data for estimated skin doses (ESD) and dose–area product (DAP) following pediatric and adult diagnostic and interventional procedures over 4.5 years were analyzed retrospectively.

Results

Dose estimates were reduced by 50% or more after introduction of customized imaging protocols in association with modification of personnel behavior compared with doses recorded with previously used vendor-recommended protocols.

Discussion

Substantial reductions in radiation use during neuroendovascular procedures can be achieved through a combination of equipment modification and operator behavior.

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