Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Original Article

Radiation dose reduction: comparative assessment of publication volume between interventional and diagnostic radiology


Department of Radiology, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany


Department of Radiology, St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa, Arizona, USA

Diagn Interv Radiol 2017; 23: 223-226
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2016.16196
Read: 593 Downloads: 424 Published: 03 September 2019


PURPOSE: We aimed to quantify and compare awareness regarding radiation dose reduction within the interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology communities.


METHODS: Abstracts accepted to the annual meetings of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) between 2005 and 2015 were analyzed using the search terms “interventional/computed tomography” and “radiation dose/radiation dose reduction.” A PubMed query using the above-mentioned search terms for the years of 2005–2015 was performed.


RESULTS: Between 2005 and 2015, a total of 14 520 abstracts (mean, 660±297 abstracts) and 80 614 abstracts (mean, 3664±1025 abstracts) were presented at interventional and diagnostic radiology meetings, respectively. Significantly fewer abstracts related to radiation dose were presented at the interventional radiology meetings compared with the diagnostic radiology meetings (162 abstracts [1% of total] vs. 2706 [3% of total]; P < 0.001). On average 15±7 interventional radiology abstracts (range, 6–27) and 246±105 diagnostic radiology abstracts (range, 112–389) pertaining to radiation dose were presented at each meeting. The PubMed query revealed an average of 124±39 publications (range, 79–187) and 1205±307 publications (range, 829–1672) related to interventional and diagnostic radiology dose reduction per year, respectively (P < 0.001).


CONCLUSION: The observed increase in the number of abstracts regarding radiation dose reduction in the interventional radiology community over the past 10 years has not mirrored the increased volume seen within diagnostic radiology, suggesting that increased education and discussion about this topic may be warranted. 

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