Radiation exposure during radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

@article{Macle2003RadiationED,
  title={Radiation exposure during radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.},
  author={Laurent Macle and Rukshen Weerasooriya and Pierre Jais and Christophe Scav{\'e}e and Florence Raybaud and Kee-Joon Choi and Meleze Hocini and Jacques Cl{\'e}menty and Michel Haissaguerre},
  journal={Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE},
  year={2003},
  volume={26 1  Pt 2},
  pages={288-91}
}
RF catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is associated with prolonged fluoroscopy. The procedural duration and fluoroscopic exposure to patients and medical staff were recorded and compared among 43 ablation procedures for PAF, 20 for common atrial flutter, and 16 for accessory pathways. Patient radiation exposure was measured by dosimeters placed over the xyphoid, while that of physicians and nurses was measured by dosimeters placed outside and inside the lead apron. The… CONTINUE READING
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