ISSN 1305-3825 | E-ISSN 1305-3612
Interventional Radiology - Original Article
Radiation dose reduction: Comparative assessment of publication volume between interventional and diagnostic radiology
1 Department of Radiology, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago, USA  
2 Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany  
3 Department of Radiology, St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa, USA  
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Purpose: To quantify and compare awareness regarding radiation dose reduction within the Interventional Radiology (IR) and the Diagnostic Radiology (DR) communities.


Materials and Methods: Abstracts accepted to the annual meetings of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) between 2005-2015 were analyzed using the search terms “interventional/computed tomography” and “radiation dose/radiation dose reduction”. A PubMed query using the above-mentioned search terms for the years of 2005-2015 was performed.


Results: Between 2005-2015, a total of 14,520 (mean 660 ± 297) and 80,614 (mean 3664 ± 1025) abstracts were presented at IR and DR meetings, respectively. Significantly fewer abstracts related to radiation dose were presented at the IR meetings compared to the DR meetings (162 abstracts [1% of total] versus 2706 [3% of total];p<0.001). On average 15±7 IR abstracts (range 6-27) and 246±105 DR abstracts (range 112-389) pertaining to radiation dose were presented at each meeting. The PubMed query revealed an average of 124±39 (range 79-187) and 1205±307 (range 829-1672) publications related to IR and DR dose reduction per year, respectively (p<0.001).


Conclusion: The observed increase in the number of abstracts regarding radiation dose reduction in the IR community over the past 10 years has not mirrored the increased volume seen within DR, suggesting that increased education and discussion about this topic may be warranted. 

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