In the U.S., hundreds of thousands of X-rays are performed each year to detect and treat common cardiovascular conditions. But there's growing concern about the potential risks of radiation exposure from this imaging technology. Now Mayo Clinic researchers have dramatically cut the amount of radiation patients and medical personnel are exposed to during invasive cardiovascular procedures by making simple modifications to the use of standard X-ray equipment, coupled with intensive radiation safety training.
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The efforts are detailed in a paper published online Aug. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions.