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Effect of fluoroscopically imaged body part on patient and staff dose

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While historically x-ray guided procedures were performed within imaging departments by radiologists, fluoroscopy has migrated beyond the confines of x-ray departments and is performed in an ever-increasing range of medical specialities. As the numbers and types of procedures performed by non-radiologists grow, so does the need for dedicated fluoroscopic rooms beyond their traditional location. There is increasing concern over the radiation exposure during fluoroscopic procedures due to the potentially detrimental effects to both the patient and staff involved.

This research compares patient and staff dose levels during fluoroscopic procedures performed within the chest, abdomen, pelvis, arms and legs by cardiologists and vascular surgeons.

This dataset was produced as part of Kelly Wilson-Stewart's PhD, 'Factors which influence occupational radiation head and eye dose to in-room personnel during angiographic procedures'. 

Kelly's Ph.D. project aims to quantify the levels of temple dose to staff during diagnostic and interventional cardiac and endovascular procedures utilising fluoroscopy.  An additional focus will be placed on reporting on factors that may influence occupational dose levels to nurses and other in-room staff.

The following people were involved in the supervision of this project design and manuscript preparation:

Davide Fontanarosa:

  • School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia
  • Centre for Biomedical Technologies (CBT), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

Jamie V. Trapp:

  • School of Chemistry and Physics, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

The following person was involved in statistical analysis, data curation and manuscript preparation:

Eva Malacova:

  • QMIR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, 200 Herston Road, Herston, QLD, 4006, Australia
  • Centre for Biomedical Technologies (CBT), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

The data owner would like to thank her nursing, radiography, and medical colleagues from the cardio-vascular suites at Greenslopes Private Hospital for their contributions towards data collection during this research. The data owner gratefully also acknowledges the support provided by the Australian Commonwealth Government in the form of a research stipend.

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The owner of this data retains copyright. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made to the dataset. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggest the licensor endorses you or your use. You may not use this data for commercial purposes.

Geographical area of data collection



Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Fontanarosa, Davide, Malacova, Eva, & Trapp, Jamie (2021) Comparison of patient and staff temple dose during fluoroscopically guided coronary angiography, implantable cardiac devices, and electrophysiology procedures. Physica Medica, 90, pp. 142-149. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/213437/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Fontanarosa, Davide, Li, Dan, Drovandi, Chris, Anderson, Rebecca, & Trapp, Jamie (2020) Taller staff occupationally exposed to less radiation to the temple in cardiac procedures, but risk higher doses during vascular cases. Scientific Reports, Article number: 16103. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/204713/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly (2017) Choose your own adventure in podiatry. Medical Education, 51(5), p. 539. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/103271/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly (2017) Survey of radiation protection utilization and accessibility within Australian cardiac angiography laboratories. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 36(2), 112-116.e1. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/108773/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Fontanarosa, Davide, Malacova, Eva, Gett, Steven, Kruger, Allan, & Trapp, Jamie V (2021) Occupational and Patient Radiation Dose and Quality Implications of Femoral Access Imaging During Coronary Angiography. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 14, pp. 1807-1818. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/211750/
Bridge, Peter, Gunn, Therese, Kastanis, Lazaros, Pack, Darren, Rowntree, Pamela, Starkey, Debbie, Mahoney, Gaynor, Berry, Clare, Braithwaite, Vicki, & Wilson-Stewart, Kelly (2014) The development and evaluation of a medical imaging training immersive environment. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, 61(3), pp. 159-165. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/76213/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Shanahan, Madeleine, Fontanarosa, Davide, & Davidson, Rob (2018) Occupational radiation exposure to nursing staff during cardiovascular fluoroscopic procedures: A review of the literature. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, pp. 282-297. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/122164/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Hartel, Gunter, & Fontanarosa, Davide (2019) Occupational radiation exposure to the head is higher for scrub nurses than cardiologists during cardiac angiography: 在心脏血管造影过程中,擦洗护士的头部职业辐射水平高于心脏病专家. Journal of Advanced Nursing, pp. 2692-2700. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/129879/
Wilson-Stewart, Kelly, Fontanarosa, Davide, Malacova, Eva, & Trapp, Jamie (2021) Radiation dose to nurses, cardiologists, and patients during coronary angiography: a comparison of femoral and radial access. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Article number: zvab096. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/214088/

Research areas

Scrub nurse
Other physical sciences
Other medical and health services
Radiology and organ imaging
Eye dose
Vascular surgery
Occupational dose
Clinical sciences

Cite this collection

Wilson-Stewart, Kelly; Fontanarosa, Davide; Trapp, Jamie V; Malacova, Eva; (2021): Effect of fluoroscopically imaged body part on patient and staff dose. Queensland University of Technology. (Dataset) https://doi.org/10.25912/RDF_1638848384697

Partner institution

Greenslopes Private Hospital https://www.greenslopesprivate.com.au/


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© Queensland University of Technology, 2021.

Dates of data collection

From 2017-02-01 to 2019-08-31


Has association with
Davide Fontanarosa  (Researcher)
Jamie Trapp  (Researcher)
Has chief investigator
Kelly Wilson-Stewart  (Researcher)


Name: Mrs Kelly Wilson-Stewart


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Published - Open Access