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A radiologist stirs up a vitamin cocktail to protect against radiation exposure

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A radiologist stirs up a vitamin cocktail to protect against radiation exposure
Dr. Kieran Murphy

​​​​​​​​Dr. Kieran Murphy received the Leaders in Innovation Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology.

A chat with his mother-in-law and a walk with his dog gave this neuroradiologist the idea to use anti-oxidants to help lessen the dangerous after-effects from life-saving radiation

Surgery performed under X-ray guidance has transformed modern medicine, allowing for minimally-invasive operations (from neurosurgery to gastroenterology procedures), reduced pain and shorter recovery periods for patients. It also means lower costs to the health-care system. But X-rays also subject patients, and especially doctors, nurses and technologists, to ionizing radiation, causing molecular changes in the body's DNA that have been linked to elevated risks for cataracts and cancerous tumours. ​