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Application of the ELDO approach to assess cumulative eye lens doses for interventional cardiologists

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberncu315
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume164
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

In preparation of a large European epidemiological study on the relation between eye lens dose and the occurrence of lens opacities, the European ELDO project focused on the development of practical methods to estimate retrospectively cumulative eye lens dose for interventional medical professionals exposed to radiation. The present paper applies one of the ELDO approaches, correlating eye lens dose to whole-body doses, to assess cumulative eye lens dose for 14 different Finnish interventional cardiologists for whom annual whole-body dose records were available for their entire working period. The estimated cumulative left and right eye lens dose ranged from 8 to 264 mSv and 6 to 225 mSv, respectively. In addition, calculations showed annual eye lens doses sometimes exceeding the new ICRP annual limit of 20 mSv. The work also highlights the large uncertainties associated with the application of such an approach proving the need for dedicated dosimetry systems in the routine monitoring of the eye lens dose.