New image processing and noise reduction technology allows reduction of radiation exposure in complex electrophysiologic interventions while maintaining optimal image quality : a randomized clinical trial

L.R.C. Dekker, P.H. van der Voort, T.A. Simmers, X. Verbeek, R.W.M. Bullens, M. van 't Veer, P.J.M. Brands, A. Meijer

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Background Despite their carcinogenic potential, X-rays remain indispensable for electrophysiologic (EP) procedures. Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dose reduction and image quality of a novel X-ray technology using advanced image processing and dose reduction technology in an EP laboratory. Methods In this single-center, randomized, unblinded, parallel controlled trial, consecutive patients undergoing catheter ablation for complex arrhythmias were eligible. The Philips Allura FD20 system allows switching between the reference (Allura Xper) and the novel X-ray imaging technology (Allura Clarity). Primary end-point was overall procedural patient dose, expressed in dose area product (DAP) and air kerma (AK). Operator dose, procedural success, and necessity to switch to higher dose settings were secondary end-points. Results A total of 136 patients were randomly assigned to the novel imaging group (n = 68) or the reference group (n = 68). Baseline characteristics were similar, except patients in the novel imaging group were younger (58 vs 65 years, P
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1678-1682
Number of pages5
JournalHeart Rhythm
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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