Editor's Choice – Comprehensive Literature Review of Radiation Levels During Endovascular Aortic Repair in Cathlabs and Operating Theatres

Adrien Hertault, Aurélia Bianchini, Sébastien Amiot, Hovan Chenorhokian, Francine Laurent-Daniel, Nabil Chakfé, Anne Lejay

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Abstract

Objective: Occupational exposure is a growing concern among the endovascular specialist community. Several types of imaging equipment are available, such as mobile C arms or hybrid rooms, and some have been shown to deliver higher levels of radiation. A literature review was conducted to identify studies reporting dose data during standard (EVAR) and complex abdominal aortic endovascular repair (fenestrated/branched EVAR [F/BEVAR]). Methods: A search of the MEDLINE and the Cochrane databases was performed by two independent investigators using the medical subject heading terms “aortic aneurysms”, “radiation”, and “humans” over a search period of 10 years. Studies with full text available in English and reporting radiation data independently from the imaging equipment type were included. Experimental studies were excluded. Results: The lowest dose–area product levels during EVAR and F/BEVAR were identified in hybrid rooms, while the highest were with fixed systems. When adherence to the as low as reasonably achievable principles was stipulated by the authors, dose reports tended to be among the lowest. Several studies, especially of F/BEVAR, report concerning levels of radiation for both patients and staff. Conclusion: Modern imaging equipment type, team involvement with radiation management, and the support of recent imaging technologies such as fusion help to reduce the dose delivered during standard and complex EVAR. Investment in modern imaging technology should be considered in every centre providing endovascular management of aortic aneurysms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-385
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • EVAR
  • Hybrid room
  • Radiation safety
  • Vascular surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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