So, are you using lower leg lead shields when you perform EVAR?

Chronic exposure to low dose radiation, such as that experienced by operators who routinely perform endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), has biological effects that can be mitigated with the use of lead shielding for the legs. However, many vascular and endovascular interventionists are not using this type of protection because it is perceived as cumbersome, or unnecessary. There is clearly work to be done, Bijan Modarai (London, UK) tells Vascular News at the London Aortic Symposium, not least regarding how well vascular and endovascular trainees are being protected from radiation.

Modarai, Bijan

Bijan Modarai is a Professor of Vascular Surgery at Kings Health Partners and a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Senior Clinical Research Fellow. He completed his Basic Surgical Training in London before being awarded a BHF Clinical PhD Studentship in 2002. He graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry in 2006 and completed his Higher Surgical Training as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at King's and as an Endovascular Fellow at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Vascular Surgery at King's and Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon at GSTT in 2012, having secured a BHF Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship. He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship by The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2017.

He is a Council member of the British Society for Endovascular Therapy, examines for the Fellowship of European Board of Vascular Surgery and co-leads the GSTT/King's Biomedical Research Centre School of Translational & Experimental Medicine.

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