Operator radiation exposure during percutaneous coronary procedures through the left or right radial approach: the TALENT dosimetric substudy.


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BACKGROUND: Transradial percutaneous coronary procedures may be effectively performed through the right radial approach (RRA) or the left radial approach (LRA), but data on radiation dose absorbed by operators comparing the two approaches are lacking. The aim of the present study was to evaluate radiation dose absorbed by operators during coronary procedures through the RRA and LRA. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three operators were equipped with 5 different dosimeters (left wrist, shoulder, thorax outside the lead apron, thorax under the lead apron, and thyroid) during RRA or LRA for coronary procedures. Each month, the dosimeters were analyzed to determine the radiation dose absorbed. From February to December 2009, 390 patients were randomly assigned to the RRA (185 patients; age, 66±11 years) or the LRA (185 patients; age, 66±11 years). There were no significant differences in fluoroscopy time (for RRA, 369 seconds; interquartile range, 134 to 857 seconds; for LRA, 362 seconds; interquartile range, 142 to 885 seconds; P=0.58) between the 2 groups. There were no significant differences in monthly radiation dose at the thorax (0.85±0.46 mSv for RRA and 1.12±0.78 mSv for LRA, P=0.33), at the thyroid (0.36±0.2 mSv for RRA and 0.34±0.3 mSv for LRA, P=0.87), and at the shoulder (0.73±0.44 mSv for RRA and 0.94±0.42 mSv for LRA, P=0.27). The dose at the wrist was significantly higher for the RRA (2.44±1.12 mSv) compared with the LRA (1±0.8 mSv, P=0.002). In both radial approaches, the thoracic radiation dose under the lead apron was undetectable. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with RRA, LRA for coronary procedures is associated with similar radiation dose for operators at the body, shoulder, or thyroid level, with a possible significant advantage at the wrist. The cumulative radiation dose for both approaches is well under to the annual dose-equivalent limit. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00282646.

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Cited Authors

  • Sciahbasi, A; Romagnoli, E; Trani, C; Burzotta, F; Sarandrea, A; Summaria, F; Patrizi, R; Rao, S; Lioy, E

Published Date

  • June 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 226 - 231

PubMed ID

  • 21586692

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21586692

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-7632

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.111.961185


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States