The (Radiation) Safety Dance

by Cassling on Feb 13, 2024


Radiation safety is a concern for patients, physicians and staff in many departments, including radiology, interventional cardiology and surgery. Radiation emitted during fluoroscopic procedures is responsible for the greatest dose for radiologic technologists. Radiation from diagnostic imaging modalities, such as computed tomography, mammography and nuclear imaging, are minor contributors to the cumulative dose exposures of healthcare personnel. However, any radiation exposure poses a potential risk to both patients and radiologic technologists.

This presentation aims to review the purpose and potential risks of radiation exposure, including the biological aspects of radiation. Methods to decrease dose to the patient and the radiologic technologist will be discussed. Also, the recommendation to end routine gonadal shielding during abdominal and pelvic radiography will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss and define radiation protection.
  • Identify biological aspects of radiation.
  • Recognize means to reduce the patients’ exposure.
  • Define the new shielding recommendations.
  • Explain means to reduce the occupational exposure.
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