Dr. Edward Diethrich

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Edward Diethrich, a true pioneer and dear friend of our organization. The contributions Dr. Diethrich made to cardiovascular medicine will have a lasting impact. We are honored to have had the privilege to tell his story and will continue our work on behalf of all healthcare professionals who face the risks of interventional fluoroscopy. We would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Dr. Diethrich during this difficult time.




Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation in Interventional Fluoroscopy:
Severity of Adverse Effects of a Growing Health Problem

In February 2015, the Organization for Occupational Radiation Safety in Interventional Fluoroscopy (ORSIF) released a white paper detailing the scientific data on the health consequences for medical professionals faced with chronic exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation. The adverse health effects include brain tumors, premature development of cataracts, and thyroid disease, among others. In addition, because of the need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce exposure to scatter radiation, many exposed workers (physicians, nurses, and technicians) sustain orthopedic injuries.

Since the issuance of ORSIF’s report, there has been growing awareness of occupational hazards—and interest in reducing the risks that interventionalists face—as evidenced by the increase in the number of scientific publications on these topics. In 2015, there were approximately 45 scientific manuscripts (studies, surveys, and editorials) on occupational hazards or methods to reduce operator exposure to scatter radiation, more than double the number published in 2014.

This supplement summarizes new clinical data on the health consequences of chronic radiation exposure, presents findings from new physician surveys on the musculoskeletal impact of PPE, and provides an overview of various methods being investigated to enhance radiation protection for interventionalists.






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To raise awareness of the serious radiation and musculoskeletal hazards associated with working in interventional fluoroscopy laboratories, and generate awareness of and support for medical professionals and hospitals for new and better ways to create the safest work environment possible for those dedicated to the wellness of others.