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Ceiling-suspended Shields Decrease Radiation Risk for TEE Operators During Structural Heart Procedures

from TCTMD

During structural heart procedures, transesophageal echocardiography operators are exposed to a dose of radiation that is comparable to that of the primary operator, but the installation of a ceiling-suspended lead shield can reduce this exposure by 82 percent, according to new research. Prior studies have primarily looked at protecting interventional cardiologists from radiation exposure, and none "were inclusive of radiation dose to TEE operators in this environment," wrote lead study author James Crowhurst and colleagues. more

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