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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 172-175

Initial experience with use of infrared assistance for intravenous injection of radiopharmaceuticals

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of CFM, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
4 Department of Radiation Oncology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Vandana Kumar Dhingra
Department of Nuclear Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_86_20

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Radiopharmaceutical injection is challenging as it poses radiation exposure to staff as well as patient. Infrared light-assisted devices have been available since many years and have garnered mixed reviews in the pediatric age group. However, there are no data on outcome of infrared assistance for radiopharmaceutical injection. We compared results of first-attempt intravenous access (in cubital veins) with and without infrared assistance device for injection of radiopharmaceuticals. All adult patients who underwent nuclear scan in the initial weeks of infrared device installation were injected utilizing infrared device assistance. These were compared with those who underwent injection without infrared assistance. Three hundred consecutive patients were studied for success of intravenous injection with and without infrared assistance. Of these, 150 were injected with and 150 without infrared assistance. A success rate of 72%/51.3% was noted with and without infrared assistance, respectively, on the first attempt which was statistically significant. In our initial experience, assistance with infrared device was found to improve the outcome of first-attempt intravenous access for injection of radiopharmaceuticals. This method has potential of improving outcome for radiopharmaceutical injection.

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