ALL Fluoro-guided procedures produce scatter radiation
+ Femoral Entry + Dialysis Declotting + Peripheral
+ Device Implant + Vertebroplasty + Biopsy
For the typical patient who is exposed to radiation 5-10 times in their life it’s not a issue. For the interventional physician exposed to radiation 5-10 times a day, it is a serious issue.
Some intervential procedures result in significantly more scatter radiation than others. Differentiating factors include: complexity of procedure, total fluoro time, size of patient, and operator proximity to the primary beam/image intensifier. All radiation doses are cumulative and multiple low-level procedures each day put doctors, nurses and techs in a potentially harmful situation. For this reason, clinically proven non-lead shields are available in a wide spectrum of protection levels, up to 95% at 90kVp to drastically reduce scatter radiation in every interventional procedure.
What are your peers saying?
Brain & Neck Tumors Among Physicians Performing Interventional Procedures
“...the brain is relatively unprotected and the left side of the head is known to be more exposed to radiation than the right.” Full Article>>
Brain tumours among interventional cardiologists: a cause for alarm?
“Interventional cardiologists have the highest radiation exposure among health professionals, major awareness of radiation safety and training in radiological protection are essential and imperative, and should be used in every procedure.” Full Article>>
The Importance of Radiation Safety for Healthcare Workers as Well as Patients
"Radiation is an important diagnostic tool, but it must be treated with respect. It has become apparent that there is significant room for improvement in radiation safety practices, which can vary widely from institution to institution, and from clinician to clinician. All who work in hospital radiation environments, including technologists, nurses, physicians and others, must make a commitment to the safer use of radiation, for the good of everyone." Full Article>>
Safety standards require that radiation exposure to medical personnel be As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA)
The commitment to use non-lead proceduce-specific shields in conjunction with established imaging safety protocol, is a recognized and invaluable solution to meet this directive with confidence.
If you have any questions, or if you need additional information, please contact your Vital Care Product Specialist at 800 837 5511 x200.