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ERIC Number: ED575264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3694-9086-2
Radiologic Monitoring of Faculty and Staff in an Electrophysiology Lab Using a Real-Time Dose Monitoring System
Chardenet, Kathleen A.
ProQuest LLC, Dr. AP Dissertation, University of Michigan-Flint
Purpose: A real-time dose management system was used to determine if radiation exposure levels would decrease when providers were privy to their real-time radiation exposure levels. Six aggregate categories of providers were first blinded (phase 1) and subsequently made aware of their radiation exposure levels during electrophysiology procedures (phase 2). Methods: A primary, quantitative crossover study of faculty and staff working in an electrophysiology lab at the University of Michigan Hospitals setting occurred. Participants in the control group was first blinded in phase 1 to their radiation exposure over an 10-week time period. The same group subsequently became the treatment group in phase 2 when over a second 10-week period real-time exposure levels were made available to them. Power analysis, using a 40% decrease in exposure, was calculated using a variance of radiation exposure equal to the mean radiation exposure with 80% power and alpha = 0.05. Calculations revealed 102 subjects in each treatment and control group were necessary. Results: Using the mixed effect linear model, a significant decrease in radiation levels occurred in phase 2 as compared to phase 1 for the operator role represented by the combined electrophysiologist-fellow role with a "P" value of 0.025. Exposure levels in all other provider groups for phase 1 or 2 failed to reach statistical significance. All dose values were low and well below the US maximum allowable yearly dose of 5,000 mrem per year. Conclusion: A real-time radiation dose monitoring system during electrophysiology procedures may significantly lower occupational radiation exposure in health care workers. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan