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Reducing Operator Exposure Using Suspended Radiation Protection System 

Reducing Operator Exposure Using Suspended Radiation Protection System
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Reducing Operator Exposure Using Suspended Radiation Protection System
Author(s):

Almas Syed

, Robert Evans Heithaus

, and Chet R. Rees

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199986071.003.0105
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date: 28 February 2020

The increasing utilization of radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures has provided impetus for improved strategies of radiation protection for interventionalists. The associated discomfort, disability, and career-shortening effects of lead aprons for heavy fluoroscopy users have served as an impetus for the development of lighter and more comfortable models. A suspended radiation protection system employs the use of a “weightless” shield resembling a thick large lead apron with head shield and arm shields. The shield moves with the operator like a garment, providing extensive protection without orthopedic strain or discomfort while maintaining full user functionality. Utilization of a suspended radiation protection system provides the operator with optimum radiation protection, without any additional weight, and maintains procedural flexibility.

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