A small study on a group of relatively young interventional cardiologists published in the European Heart Journal found consistent exposure to low doses of radiation may spur the body's release of antioxidants and trigger cellular apoptosis in limiting the effects of the radiation. The researchers and SCAI Secretary and leading cath lab radiation expert Dr. Charles Chambers advised continued use of radiation protection protocols. "We must emphasize that radiation protection is best accomplished by focusing first on the patient. If we protect the patient, then we also protect the operator," he said.
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