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Use of fluoroscopy in clinical electrophysiology in Europe: results of the European Heart Rhythm Association Survey
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2015 (English)In: Europace, ISSN 1099-5129, E-ISSN 1532-2092, Vol. 17, no 7, 1149-1152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Despite the advent of non-fluoroscopic technologies, fluoroscopy remains the cornerstone of imaging in most interventional electrophysiological procedures, from diagnostic studies to ablation interventions and device implantation. The purpose of the European Heart Rhythm Association survey was to provide an insight into regulatory policies and physicians' clinical practice when using fluoroscopy during ablation procedures and device implantation. The survey has shown that only 50% of the participating centres worked with low frame rates (3-6 frames per second) and that the left anterior oblique projection, with higher radiation exposure for the physician, is used for nearly every ablation target. Although three-dimensional imaging systems may reduce the radiation exposure, most centres never used these systems for standard ablation procedures and a trend is that non-fluoroscopy technologies are even less frequently used than in 2012, when the use of robotic systems was still rare. Even less costly equipment such as lead gloves, lead glass cabins, or radiation absorbing pads are still not routinely used.

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2015. Vol. 17, no 7, 1149-1152 p.
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-257077DOI: 10.1093/europace/euv223ISI: 000359153000028PubMedID: 26116687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-257077DiVA: diva2:828049

Författarna representerar Scientific Initiative Committee, European Heart Rhythm Association

Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-29 Last updated: 2015-09-01Bibliographically approved

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