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Table 1 Standard reference doses of common cardiological examinations

From: The Radiation Issue in Cardiology: the time for action is now

Diagnostic procedures, ref. Effective dose (mSv) Equivalent nmber of PA chest radiographs (each 0.02 mSv) Approximate equivalent period of natural background radiation (years)
CONVENTIONAL RADIOGRAPHY    
Chest x-ray (PA), 13 0.02 1 0.008
INVASIVE RADIOLOGY    
Diagnostic coronary angiography, 13 7 (2-16) 350 (100-800) 2.9
PCI, 13 15 ( 7-57) 750 (350-2800) 6.3
Cardiac radiofrequency ablation, 13 15 (7-57) 750 (350-2800) 6.3
Dilation chronic coronary occlusion, 23 81 (17-194) 4050 (850-9600) 33.7
Head and/or neck angiography, 20 5 (1-20) 250 2.1
Thoracic angiography of pulmonary artery or aorta, 20 5 (4-9) 250 2.1
Abdominal angiography or aortography, 20 12 (4-48) 600 5.0
Aortic valvuloplasty, 24 39 1950 16.2
Endovascular thoraco-abdominal aneurysm repair procedures, 24 76-119 3800-5950 31.6-49.5
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY    
64-slice coronary CTA, 13 15 (3-32) 750 (150-1600) 6.3
Coronary calcium CT,13 3 (1-12) 150 (50-600) 1.2
NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY    
PET F-18 FDG (viability), 13 14 700 5.8
Thallium stress/rest reinjection, 13 41 2050 17
Sestamibi (1 day) stress-rest, 13 9 450 3.7
Rubidium-82, 13 5 250 2.1
N-13 ammonia stress-rest, 22 3 150 1.25