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Environmental Impact of Interventional Radiology

with Dr. Jonathan Gross

Interventional Radiologist Dr. Jonathan Gross and host Dr. Aaron Fritts discuss the results from his recent JVIR Media article on the quantifiable environmental impact of operating an interventional radiology practice for one week. Guess how many road trips around the world it equates to!?

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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, January 21). Ep. 180 – Environmental Impact of Interventional Radiology [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Dr. Jonathan Gross discusses Environmental Impact of Interventional Radiology on the BackTable 180 Podcast

Dr. Jonathan Gross

Dr. Jonathan Gross is a practicing Interventional Radiologist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Dr. Aaron Fritts discusses Environmental Impact of Interventional Radiology on the BackTable 180 Podcast

Dr. Aaron Fritts

Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, TX.

Show Notes

In this episode, interventional radiologist Dr. Jonathan Gross and our host Dr. Aaron Fritts discuss the results from Dr. Gross’s recent JVIR article on the quantifiable environmental impact of operating an IR practice for one week.

Dr. Gross begins by describing his lifelong interest in environmental sustainability. He developed the idea for this study because he recognized the discordance between his conscientious practices at home and his less sustainable practices in the IR suite. Dr. Gross acclimates us to vocabulary that is used in the article and defines the measurements of “life cycle assessment” and “volume of greenhouse gases.”

Many listeners will be surprised to find out that material waste makes up less than 2% of all greenhouse gas emissions in an IR suite. The majority of emissions is actually produced by air conditioning and air exchange systems, which frequently and unnecessarily run when IR suites are not being used.

Finally, Dr. Gross shares ways to reduce the environmental impacts of IR, such as installing motion-sensor lights, using re-processed equipment instead of single-use equipment, and streamlining procedure packs.

Resources

The Environmental Impact of Interventional Radiology: An Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from an Academic Interventional Radiology Practice:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33794372/

Environmental Impacts of Abdominal Imaging: A Pilot Investigation:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30158086/

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