Radiation-induced temporary epilation after a neuroradiologically guided embolization procedure

Radiology. 1994 Dec;193(3):642-4. doi: 10.1148/radiology.193.3.7972801.


A 34-year-old woman underwent embolization of a left paraorbital arteriovenous malformation guided with a bi-plane x-ray system in two sessions separated by 3 days. Imaging included 110 minutes of fluoroscopy and 46 digital subtraction angiography acquisitions. Entrance skin dose rates were determined with measurements performed on a skull phantom. The maximum possible skin dose was estimated to be 6.6 Gy, which is consistent with the temporary epilation in the right occipital region of the skull reported by the patient approximately 5 weeks later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alopecia / etiology*
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy*
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology*
  • Radiology, Interventional
  • Scalp / radiation effects*
  • Time Factors