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Obesity Epidemic Hits Cath Lab, Raising Doctors' Radiation Risk

from Medscape

The growing prevalence of obesity among Americans may be adversely affecting the health of physicians by exposing them to greater amounts of radiation during coronary angiography, new research suggests. In a single-center study, physician radiation exposure increased significantly as patient body mass index rose, with exposure sevenfold higher when physicians treated the largest versus the leanest patients. more


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