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Why stronger radiation safety measures are essential for the modern workforce. A perspective from EAPCI Women and Women as One

EuroIntervention 2020;16:24-25. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I1A5

1. North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria, United Kingdom; 2. Women as One Inc., Charlotte, NC, USA; 3. Interventional Cardiology Unit, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy; 4. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA; 5. Department of Cardiology, Brest University Hospital, Brest, France; 6. Institut Hospitalier Jacques Cartier, Ramsay Générale de Santé, Massy, France


Interventional cardiology has developed significantly over the last few decades and is often at the cutting edge of new technologies and life-saving procedures. A consequence of this exciting growth is that interventional cardiologists are among the most highly exposed to radiation within the medical field. Concerns over such exposure may deter talented individuals from pursuing such a career regardless of the increased radiation protection and monitoring available in the contemporary era. Women are a particular group who enter interventional cardiology at much lower rates than men. Currently in Europe, women make up a disproportionately low percentage of interventional cardiologists, ...

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