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Occupational health hazards in the interventional laboratory: progress report of the Multispecialty Occupational Health Group
  1. Donald L Miller1,2,3,
  2. Lloyd W Klein4,
  3. Stephen Balter5,
  4. Alexander Norbash6,
  5. David Haines7,
  6. Lynne Fairobent8,
  7. James A Goldstein7,
  8. members of the Multispecialty Occupational Health Group
  1. 1Department of Radiology, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  2. 2Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  3. 3Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, F Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, USA
  4. 4Department of Medicine, Rush Medical College, Melrose Park, Illinois, USA
  5. 5Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA
  6. 6Department of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  7. 7Department of Medicine, Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
  8. 8American Association of Physicists in Medicine, College Park, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr D L Miller, Department of Radiology, National Naval Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda MD 20889-5600, USA; donald.miller{at}


The Multispecialty Occupational Health Group (MSOHG), formed in 2005, is an informal coalition of societies representing professionals who work in or are concerned with interventional fluoroscopy. The group's long term goals are to improve occupational health and operator and staff safety in the interventional laboratory while maintaining quality patient care and optimal use of the laboratory. MSOHG has conducted a dialog with equipment manufacturers and has developed a list of specific objectives for research and development. The group has also represented the member societies in educating regulators, in educating interventionalists and in fostering and collaborating on research into occupational health issues affecting interventionalists. Not least of the group's accomplishments, as a result of their collaboration in MSOHG, the group's members have developed a mutual respect that can serve as a basis for joint efforts in the future among interventionalists of different medical specialties.

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