XXXVII, No. 1, Pp. 1-89
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Authors: Carlos A. Ubeda, Dario I. Martinez, Luis C. Ramos, Juan A. Vega-Vargas, Teodoro I. Rivera, Marcus V. Oliveira, and Dandaro S. Dalmazzo
The goal of this study was to generate the first values of local diagnostic reference levels for a range of fluoroscopically guided cardiac diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in adult patients in Chile and to compare radiation dose levels with others presented in the literature. The dosimetric data collection period was conducted over the whole of 2020. The local diagnostic reference levels were calculated as the 75th percentile of patient dose data distributions for kerma area-product values. The sample of collected clinical procedures (480) was divided into diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The kerma area-product differences found between diagnostic and therapeutic procedures were statistically significant. The local diagnostic reference levels were 81.6 Gy cm2 and 166.9 Gy cm2 for fluoroscopically guided cardiac diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, respectively. A comparison of our results with results found in the literature for the last 10 years, showed that there are no published papers for hospitals in Latin America and the Caribbean. It becomes urgent to be able to carry out more research of this type, given that the health reality between countries on different continents is very different. While in some the establishment of diagnostic reference levels is a legal obligation, in others it is a matter of good or bad will.
Key words: interventional cardiology, adult, diagnostic reference level, radiation dose
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