Interventional Cardiologists experience the highest amounts of radiation exposure of any medical professional.1 Chronic low-dose exposure to ionizing radiation has been linked to radiation illness including increased risk of:
In a self-reported study of brain tumors in interventionalists, 85% originated on the left side1
50% have significant posterior subcapsular lens changes2
In addition, the heavy leaded personal protective equipment worn to protect against exposure can lead to serious orthopedic injury that could shorten a physician's career.
60% have an incidence of spine issues after 21 years in practice3
Corindus is a proud sponsor of the Organization for Occupational Radiation Safety in Interventional Fluoroscopy (ORSIF) and its mission to raise awareness of the serious radiation and musculoskeletal hazards associated with working in interventional fluoroscopy laboratories.
1. Roguin A, et al. Brain tumours among interventional cardiologists: a cause for alarm? Report of four new cases from two cities and a review of the literature. Eurointervention 2012;7:1081-1086.
2. Vano E, et al. Radiation-associated lens opacities in catheterization personnel: results of a survey and direct assessments. Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology 2013;2: 197-204.
3. Dehmer G, et al. Occupational Hazards for Interventional Cardiologists, The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions; 2006;68, 6, 974-976.
4. Weisz G, et al. Safety and Feasibility of Robotic Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: PRECISE Study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013;61(15):1596-1600.