Advocate Illinois Physicians Develop New Standard for Radiation-Free Electrophysiology Procedures

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To reduce the amount of fluoroscopy or X-ray radiation, a team of researchers worked with imaging tools such as 3D mapping and ultrasound to develop a new standard for radiation-free electrophysiology procedures in adult population, offered for the first time at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, according to a hospital news release.

Complex electrophysiology procedures, such as cardiac ablation, physically correct electric impulses in the heart. To be as minimally invasive as possible, physicians use imaging software to guide their instruments through the body directly to the heart.

"The amount of radiation anyone is exposed to for medical procedures should be controlled as much as possible," said Mansour Razminia, MD, cardiac electrophysiologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. "In electrophysiology procedures, many patients are exposed to x-ray radiation for several minutes up to two to three hours. While radiation exposure is closely monitored, we constantly look for ways to minimize it."

Read the hospital news release about radiation-free electrophysiology procedures.

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