The Organization for Occupational Radiation Safety in Interventional Fluoroscopy (ORSIF) raises awareness of the health risks of occupational ionizing radiation exposures and associated musculoskeletal risks occurring in interventional fluoroscopy laboratories. ORSIF develops support for medical professionals and hospitals for new and better ways to create the safest possible work environment for those dedicated to the wellness of others. ORSIF is composed of members from industry and also includes physicians and staff from interventional fluoroscopy labs and will partner with other physician associations, academic institutions, labor groups, and government bodies.
WHITE PAPER SUMMARY:
Over the last decade, there has been a growing body of evidence on the adverse health effects of occupational exposures to ionizing radiation from interventional fluoroscopy. This paper, prepared by the Organization for Occupational Radiation Safety in Interventional Fluoroscopy (ORSIF), examines the existing scientific evidence on the alarming incidence of cancer, pre-cursors to cataracts, and other serious adverse effects among medical professionals who perform interventional procedures. The paper focuses on data collected on the adverse health impacts recorded for interventional cardiology teams, as roughly 40% of non-radiotherapy medical radiation stems from ionizing radiation used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. The paper also discusses the musculoskeletal hazards stemming from use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and contrasts US radiation-exposure thresholds against those recommended by international radiation protection agencies and widely adopted by foreign countries.