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Radiation Dose Reduction in the Invasive Cardiovascular Laboratory (JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions)
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JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions Editor-in-Chief

Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions CME Editor

Habib Samady, MB, ChB, FACC


Kenneth A. Fetterly, PhD

Verghese Mathew, MD

Ryan Lennon, MSC

Malcolm R. Bell, MD

David R. Holmes, Jr, MD

Charanjit S. Rihal, MD



This article appeared in the August 20, 2012 issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions Journal.


This online educational activity is brought to you by the JACC family of Journals.

CME Information

Target Audience

JACC Journals CME is intended for physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

Important Dates

Date of Release: August 2012

Term of Approval/Date of CME Expiration: August 2013

Learner Objectives

At the completion of this article, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the range of cumulative radiation skin dose for the various types of procedures performed in a cardiac catheterization lab.
  • Present several technical and clinical strategies to reduce patient radiation dose.
  • Describe how radiation safety principles, implemented as part of a comprehensive radiation safety program, can result in substantially reduced radiation dose.

Method of Participation and Claiming Credit
This ACCF JACC Journals CME activity includes the reading of an article published in one of the JACC journals and the successful completion of self-assessment questions.

Requesting AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit™ for this Activity
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  1. Read the article for which you wish to receive credit.
  2. Answer the self-assessment questions. After you have answered all the questions in the module, click on the Exam Summary button. A Claim Credit button will appear on this page if you have achieved a passing score of 66% or better. If you did not achieve a passing score, please click the Reset Scores link and retake the exam.
  3. Click the Claim Credit button and answer the evaluation questions in the pop-up window.
  4. Enter the total amount of time you actually spent in the activity in the box provided. Please note that you may only claim once for this activity. Click Submit.
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  6. You may also view it at any time in the My Transcript section of My CardioSource.