Radiation-Induced Cataractogenesis: A Critical Literature Review for the Interventional Radiologist

Kevin F. Seals, Edward W. Lee, Christopher H. Cagnon, Ramsey Al-Hakim, Stephen T. Kee

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Extensive research supports an association between radiation exposure and cataractogenesis. New data suggests that radiation-induced cataracts may form stochastically, without a threshold and at low radiation doses. We first review data linking cataractogenesis with interventional work. We then analyze the lens dose typical of various procedures, factors modulating dose, and predicted annual dosages. We conclude by critically evaluating the literature describing techniques for lens protection, finding that leaded eyeglasses may offer inadequate protection and exploring the available data on alternative strategies for cataract prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalCardiovascular and interventional radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical practice
  • Lead glasses
  • Radiation
  • Radiation protection
  • Radiation-induced cataracts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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