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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 10/1/2019
  • Expiration Date: 11/1/2022
  • Credit Hours: 1 Credit
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    Fluoroscopy has been in clinical use since shortly after Roentgen’s discovery of x-rays. Fluoroscopy is widely utilized for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. It has the ability to provide real-time images of dynamic processes occurring in the body, especially with the introduction of a contrast agent. As fluoroscopy utilization has grown, the imaging technology has spread outside the hospital radiology department into other medical areas such as orthopedics, pain management, gastroenterology, cardiology, and vascular specialties. The advancement of interventional imaging has led to potential prolonged exposure times to both operator and patient. This article focuses on the potential hazards of fluoroscopy to the radiosensitive lens of the eye. Discussion of protective and safety measures as well as proper dose documentation to maximize ocular safety during fluoroscopy will be covered.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Describe the basic anatomy of the human eye and the potential risks/biologic effects associated with radiation in fluoroscopy that could affect the lens of the eye.
    • Define measurements, devices, and regulatory guidelines that govern the use of radiation and the potential harm to the fluoroscopy operator and staff’s eyes.
    • Be familiar with radiation protection devices used in fluoroscopy, including those designed for ocular safety.
    • Discuss how to use radiation protection measures pertaining to ocular safety during fluoroscopy and dose minimization strategies.

    Categories: Fluoroscopy, Radiation Safety/Protection

  • CE Information:

    CE Information
    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the “Take CE Test!” link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.0 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas direct credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.

     


Ocular Safety in Fluoroscopy

George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R)*

*Medical Imaging Consultant, Germantown, NY

Address correspondence to: George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R)Radiology Support ServicesPO Box 215, Germantown, NY 12526. Email: radiologytechnique@gmail.com.

Disclosure Statement: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

 

ABSTRACT

Fluoroscopy has been in clinical use since shortly after Roentgen's discovery of x-rays. Fluoroscopy is widely utilized for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. It has the ability to provide real-time images of dynamic processes occurring in the body, especially with the introduction of a contrast agent. As fluoroscopy utilization has grown, the imaging technology has spread outside the hospital radiology department into other medical areas such as orthopedics, pain management, gastroenterology, cardiology, and vascular specialties. The advancement of interventional imaging has led to potential prolonged exposure times to both operator and patient. This article focuses on the potential hazards of fluoroscopy to the radiosensitive lens of the eye. Discussion of protective and safety measures as well as proper dose documentation to maximize ocular safety during fluoroscopy will be covered. 

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