Japan Network for Research and Information on Medical Exposures (J-RIME) released the primary diagnostic reference levels (DRLs 2015) to optimize/manage the radiation dose for interventional radiology (IVR) on June 7, 2015 in Japan. However, this DRLs 2015 has a wide range of selection bias for only certified IVR technologists' dates. Therefore, it is important to know the radiation dose including non-certified IVR technologists' facilities. In this study, we verified the fluoroscopy radiation dose rates for many IVR systems in the present situation. This study was conducted at 13 cardiac catheterization laboratories (18 X-ray systems) around Sendai. We measured the entrance doses at the patient entrance reference point (interventional reference point) using a 20-cm-thick acrylic plate and skin-dose monitor. Although the DRLs 2015 of IVR is 20 mGy/min, the result of a fluoroscopy radiation dose in 18 X-ray systems was median (inter quartile range: IQR), 24.4 (16.3, 35.5) mGy/min. The optimization/managing the radiation dose of IVR X-ray systems is an important issue. In addition, it is necessary to intensify the activities to raise awareness for DRLs 2015.
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