Vlastra W, Delewi R, Sjaw K, et al. Efficacy Of The RADPAD Protection Drape In Reducing Operators’ Radiation Exposure In The Catheterization Laboratory. Circu Cardiovasc Interv. 2017 Nov;10(11):e006058.

The objective of the trial was to examine the RADPAD’s efficacy in a real-world situation. The primary outcome was the difference in relative exposure of the primary operator between the RADPAD and NOPAD arms and was defined as the ratio between operator’s exposure (E in µSv) and patient exposure (dose area product in mGy·cm2), measured per procedure. A total of 766 consecutive coronary procedures were randomized to the use of RADPAD (N=255), NOPAD (N=255), or SHAMPAD (N=256). The use of RADPAD was associated with a 20% reduction in relative operator exposure compared with that of NOPAD (P=0.01) and a 44% relative exposure reduction compared with the use of a SHAMPAD (P<0.001). Use of the SHAMPAD was associated with a 43% higher relative radiation exposure than procedures with NOPAD (P=0.009).

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