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Low Fluoroscopy - The Need for Reduced Radiation

Medical imaging has revolutionised medicine by providing unprecedented views into the human body to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions. Physicians perform several billion imaging studies annually worldwide, about one-third of them in cardiovascular patients.

However, this improved insight has also led to a dramatic increase in exposure to ionising radiation, which studies show may elevate a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer and other hazardous health effects. The collective dose received annually from ionising radiation during medical tests, including CT, nuclear medicine and interventional fluoroscopy, among the general population increased an estimated 700 percent between 1980 and 2006, according to the American Heart Association.

St. Jude Medical is committed to exploring technologies and procedures that minimise radiation exposure in the EP lab, improve procedural repeatability and increase clinical and economic efficiency.

If you would like more information about this area please consult your local hospital representative or call PEI at +353 1 419 6900.

 

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