Feasibility of using ultra-low pulse rate fluoroscopy during routine diagnostic coronary angiography

Mohamed Khaldoun Badawy, Matthew Scott, Omar Farouque, Mark Horrigan, David J. Clark, Robert K. Chan

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Introduction: Coronary angiogram, while a powerful diagnostic tool in coronary artery disease, is not without an associated risk from ionising radiation. There are a number of factors that influence the amount of radiation the patient receives during the procedure, some of which are under the control of the operator. One of these is an adjustment of the fluoroscopic pulse rate. This study aims to assess the feasibility of using ultra-low pulse rate (3 pulses per second(pps)) fluoroscopy during routine diagnostic coronary angiogram procedures and the effect it has on fluoroscopy time, diagnostic clarity and radiation dose. Methods: A retrospective study of three operators each undertaking 50 coronary angiogram procedures was performed. One of the operators used a pulse rate of 3 pps and 6 pps for fluoroscopic screening while the control groups used the standard 10 pps mode utilised at this centre. Results: Results demonstrated no reduction of diagnostic clarity, up to a 58% reduction in Dose Area Product and no increase in fluoroscopy time with the 3 pps setting. Conclusions: Findings from this pilot study suggest that utilisation of ultra-low pulse rate fluoroscopy in routine transfemoral diagnostic coronary angiography in the catheterisation laboratory is feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-258
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Fluoroscopy
  • interventional cardiology
  • radiation dose optimisation
  • radiation protection

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