Radiation safety in the cardiac catheterization laboratory: operational radiation safety

Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 1999 Jul;47(3):347-53. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1522-726x(199907)47:3<347::aid-ccd23>3.0.co;2-n.


The goal of the catheterization laboratory radiation safety program is to facilitate invasive cardiology while simultaneously reducing staff risks to an acceptable level. Achieving this goal requires a balance between the value of catheterization to the patient and the associated radiation risk to the staff. This article introduces the principles of radiation protection as applied in the catheterization laboratory. Prudent conformance to these principles will appropriately reduce radiation risk. Cathet. Cardiovasc. Intervent. 47:347-353, 1999.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Radioactive*
  • Cardiac Catheterization*
  • Eye Protective Devices
  • Fluoroscopy / adverse effects
  • Fluoroscopy / instrumentation
  • Gloves, Surgical
  • Humans
  • Laboratories, Hospital*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Protective Clothing
  • Radiation Protection*
  • Radiography, Interventional*