Does anyone regularly shield their patients who get exposed to radiation during surgery? I recently realized that the radiation emitted from the c-arm actually is sourced UNDERNEATH the patient. Would anyone put a lead shield on the table before transferring the patient (that is if it would not interfere with the image, such as for extremities, head and neck, or thoracic?)
Dec 1, '11
If I can shield them without interfering with the image then yes, I do (esp. thyroid and genitals if they are young).
Dec 5, '11
I shield by putting a couple of 1/2 aprons-the kind that only cover the front of the pelvis with no torso coverage-on the table prior to transferring. I use the aprons because they do not bunch up under them, and its easy to "customize" where you are putting them because there isn't much material to work around. Then I wrap them up the sides and put a no lead one on top if needed (its lighter which is a consideration for peds) I also make it a point to shield breasts in young girls too.