INTRODUCTIONThe lens is the most radio‐sensitive structure in the eye . The development of lens changes, ranging from subclinical opacities to vision‐impairing cataracts (VICs) has been described after various modes of exposure to ionizing radiation, including after clinical therapeutic/diagnostic procedures , occupational exposure in pilots and astronauts , atomic bomb survivors , and radiation disaster clean‐up workers . Interventional cardiology staff are exposed to some of the highest doses of occupational radiation in healthcare , and recent studies have shown detectable lens changes in cardiac catheterization laboratory (“cath‐lab”) staff, including those with estimated cumulative occupational exposures lower than previously considered dose thresholds . The goal of this work was to examine the association between occupational ionizing radiation exposure in the cardiac cath‐lab and development of lens changes.MATERIALS AND METHODSThis was a cross‐sectional study conducted over three days at the 2016 Society for Cardiovascular Angiology and Interventions (SCAI) Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida. Approval for the study was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the coordinating center and the clinicaltrials.gov registration number was NCT02837562. Participants were recruited using e‐mail, video, on‐site signage, and other advertising material with the support of SCAI. A dilated eye examination was offered to
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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