Benefits and safety of CT fluoroscopy in interventional radiologic procedures

S. K. Carlson, C. E. Bender, K. L. Classic, F. E. Zink, J. P. Quam, E. M. Ward, A. L. Oberg

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PURPOSE: To determine the benefits and safety of computed tomographic (CT) fluoroscopy when compared with conventional CT for the guidance of interventional radiologic procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data on 203 consecutive percutaneous interventional procedures performed with use of CT fluoroscopic guidance and 99 consecutive procedures with conventional CT guidance were obtained from a questionnaire completed by the radiologists and CT technologists who performed the procedures. The questionnaire specifically addressed radiation dose measurements to patients and personnel, total procedure time, total CT fluoroscopy time, mode of CT fluoroscopic guidance (continuous versus intermittent), success of procedure, major complications, type of procedure (biopsy, aspiration, or drainage), site of procedure, and level of operator experience. RESULTS: The median calculated patient absorbed dose per procedure and the median procedure time with CT fluoroscopy were 94% less and 32% less, respectively, than those measurements with conventional CT scanning (P < .05). An intermittent mode of image acquisition was used in 97% of the 203 cases. This resulted in personnel radiation dosimetric readings below measurable levels in all cases. CONCLUSION: As implemented at the authors' institution, use of CT fluoroscopy for the guidance of interventional radiologic procedures markedly decreased patient radiation dose and total procedure time compared with use of conventional CT guidance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-520
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


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  • **.12119 Computed tomography (CT)
  • **.12119 Interventional procedures
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  • Comparative studies
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Guidance
  • Radiation exposure Computed tomography (CT)
  • Technology
  • Utilization Fluoroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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