News | Radiation Dose Management | May 02, 2016

SCAI Eye Exams for Interventional Cardiologists Helps Track Radiation Exposure

Effort to track radiation exposure impact on cath lab staff begins at SCAI 2016

radiation dose in the cath lab

May 2, 2016 — Starting at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2016 annual meeting May 4-6, SCAI will begin efforts to collect real data on the impact of radiation-induced cataracts amongst the cardiovascular cath lab team.

Through the IC-CATARACT initiative led by Manos Brilakis, M.D., Ph.D., FSCAI, and his team of researchers from VA North Texas Healthcare System and UT Southwestern Medical Center, will offer free eye exams at the SCAI meeting in the IC-CATARACT suite in the exhibit hall. 

The full extent of these radiation risks is not yet known and SCAI is starting this effort to focus on the well-being and health of its members. The society will be focusing on workplace issues in the coming year. 

Support of this initiative provided by Dallas VA Research Corp.

On the morning of Thursday, May 5, the SCAI Quality Track will focus on safety in the cath lab as well with two morning sessions, “Interventional Medicine: Occupational Hazards? You Bet Your Life,” and Minimizing Occupational Hazards of Interventional Medicine: Tips and Tricks.”

For more information: www.scai.org/SCAI2016/Detail.aspx?cid=6360c846-1b75-4a48-b28e-d98710b122c8

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