Title: Skin dose measurements on patients for diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology: a multicentre study
Authors: Struelens, L ×
Vanhavere, F
Bosmans, Hilde
Van Loon, R
Mol, H #
Issue Date: Jan-2005
Series Title: Radiation protection dosimetry vol:114 issue:1-3 pages:143-6
Abstract: The present study reports on the skin dose measurements on patients undergoing diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology procedures. Grids of thermoluminescence dosemeters were attached on the head of the patient. The exposure parameters of the X-ray systems and the clinical procedures were fully documented. While for the diagnostic procedure, the dose threshold of 2 Gy for deterministic effects was not reached, this situation was much different for the embolisations. For angiography of the carotid arteries, no skin doses were measured >320 mGy. For the cerebral embolisations, maximum skin doses up to 5.4 Gy were measured. Doses to the patients varied largely between different hospitals and within the same hospital for similar procedures. On the one hand, the complexity of the pathology for interventional procedures was responsible for the large variability in dose. On the other hand, large differences in clinical protocol and technical parameters of the X-ray systems, explaining the dose variations, were also observed. A correlation was found between the maximum skin dose measured on a patient and the total dose-area product (DAP) value for cerebral embolisations. This correlation makes it possible to estimate the maximum skin dose from these DAP values and to determine a trigger level. In conclusion, management of patient doses in interventional radiology requires training, specialisation and well-documented procedure guidelines.
ISSN: 0144-8420
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Radiology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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