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Table 3 Action to be taken on radiological protection in cardiology: what can be done

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

1. Epidemiological data mining in children (especially congenital heart disease with history of intensive interventional procedures)
2. Epidemiological data mining in adults (ischemic heart disease or arrhythmias with history of intensive interventional procedures)
3. Epidemiological data mining in contemporary interventional cardiologists and staff
4. Prospective radiobiology and genetic studies in acutely exposed patients
5. Prospective radiobiology and genetic studies in chronically exposed interventional cardiologist
6. Development of targeted chemo-preventive strategies in high-risk groups (patients and cardiologists)
7. Evaluation of non-cancer (atherosclerosis, reproductive, etc) effects by appropriate biomarkers in exposed staff and patients
8. Development of informatic support to effective dose recording, radiologic risk assessment and imaging appropriateness
9. Development of innovative devices and procedures for radiological protection of patients and doctors
10. Social communication campaign to doctors and patients
  1. Modified and adapted from recommendations of BEIR VII (points 1 to 6); UNSCEAR (point 7); President's Cancer Panel Report (points 8 to 10).