Nationwide Evaluation of X-Ray Trends (NEXT) Tabulation and Graphical Summary of the 2008-2009 Cardiac Catheterization Survey

Jul. 5, 2016 — The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) has published its latest Nationwide Evaluation of X-Ray Trends (NEXT) on Cardiac Catheterization. The goal of this survey was to characterize the techniques and radiation exposure levels used during cardiac catheterization procedures in the US.

The CRCPD collaborates with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in a unique federal-state partnership to characterize the radiation doses patients receive from diagnostic x-ray procedures, and to document the state of such practice. Each one to two years, the NEXT survey program selects a particular radiological examination for study and captures radiation exposure data from a nationally representative sample of clinical facilities in the United States. NEXT was initiated in 1972 at the request of state programs that were eager for a national picture of the state of practice. Since then, NEXT has documented trends associated with:

  • chest, abdomen, lumbosacral spine, dental, and pediatric chest
  • radiography;
  • fluoroscopy; and
  • computed tomography

The CRCPD publishes statistical summaries of each survey.

Read the NEXT cardiac catheterization report »

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