Cardiac imaging: does radiation matter?

Eur Heart J. 2012 Mar;33(5):573-8. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehr281. Epub 2011 Aug 9.


The use of ionizing radiation in cardiovascular imaging has generated considerable discussion. Radiation should not be considered in isolation, but rather in the context of a careful examination of the benefits, risks, and costs of cardiovascular imaging. Such consideration requires an understanding of some fundamental aspects of the biology, physics, epidemiology, and terminology germane to radiation, as well as principles of radiological protection. This paper offers a concise, contemporary perspective on these areas by addressing pertinent questions relating to radiation and its application to cardiac imaging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / etiology
  • Radiation Dosage*
  • Radiation Protection / methods
  • Radiation, Ionizing
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / adverse effects*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / adverse effects*