Because fluoroscopy is able to display continuous X-ray images in real time and capture dynamic processes in the body as they occur, fluoroscopic applications in medicine continue to play an important role for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. As with all radiation, however, there is a risk to the patient, operating fluoroscopist, assistant radiographer, and ancillary support staff of overexposure to continuous ionizing radiation. It is therefore important that healthcare professionals involved with fluoroscopic procedures remain educated in radiation safety, particularly with regard to dose limits, the various radiation protective devices currently available, and dose optimization techniques, as well as understand the importance of establishing quality assurance protocols and guidelines, to protect patients and themselves.
After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- Define dose limits and summarize radiation safety concepts related to fluoroscopic imaging, including guidelines established by accreditation groups for radiation safety in fluoroscopy.
- Describe the various radiation protection devices used in fluoroscopy.
- Discuss dose optimization techniques and documentation, and the importance of equipment maintenance and establishing quality assurance protocols and guidelines.
- Explain changes in regulatory compliance pertaining to radiation exposure specific to fluoroscopy.
Categories: Fluoroscopy, Radiation Safety/Protection