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Dec 18, 2009

Workshop on protecting cardiologists from radiation

Experts on radiation, including one from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and cardiologists from India and abroad will discuss at a two-day workshop here on December 18 and 19 measures to prevent the impact of radiation in catheterisation laboratories on cardiologists.

Organised by the PSG College of Technology, PSG Hospital and Northshore University Health System in the U.S., the workshop will deal with safe practices in the laboratories.Among various aspects, it will focus on the radiation during interventional cardiology procedures such as angiogram and angioplasty.Medical director of PSG Hospitals and one of the faculty members of the workshop J.S. Bhuvaneswaran said that cardiologists were exposed to radiation when they performed interventional procedures.

Professor of medical physics at PSG College of Technology K.N. Govinda Rajan said the focus was on educating without creating a fear psychosis.Both Dr. Bhuvaneswaran and Mr. Rajan pointed out that going by the current trend, the country would see only an increase in the number of cases of heart diseases. The use of modern technology, already in force, would become inevitable.Therefore, the stress would have to be on safe use.

Cardiologist G. Bernardi of Italy, Radiation Safety Specialist from IAEA, Vienna, Madan. M. Rehani and director of medical physics from Evanston Hospital at Illinois in the U.S. S. Guru Prasad would be the faculty at the workshop.

A radiation protection specialist from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board in Mumbai was also expected to joint them.

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