Defining the radiation "scatter cloud" in the interventional suite
Angiography, Digital Subtraction
Quantifiable and reproducible radiation scatter is created during interventional procedures. Radiation doses vary widely around the perimeter of the angiography table and change according to imaging angles. These data are easily visualized using contour plots and scatter three-dimensional mesh plots. Rather than the concentric circles predicted by the inverse square law, these data more closely resemble a "scatter cloud." Knowledge of the actual exposure levels within the endovascular environment may help in mitigating these risks to health care providers.