RSNA 2022 Digital X-Ray Preview

Are you ready to ditch lead radiation shields?

By Will Morton, AuntMinnie.com staff writer

Monday, November 28 | 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | M7-CAS05 | N230B
For more than 70 years, radiographers have been taught that shielding patients is one of the core principles of radiation safety, but essentially this is no longer true, according to organizers of this educational course. Here, a panel of experts will walk attendees through the latest guidance on using shielding on patients during diagnostic x-ray exams.

Whether shielding of patients is necessary came into question based on a position statement in 2019 by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine that recommended discontinuing the practice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration then rescinded its longstanding gonadal shielding recommendation.

Moreover, in 2020, the British Institute of Radiology published guidance on using shielding on patients for diagnostic radiology applications. And in 2021, recommendations from the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements supported an end to shielding specifically during abdominal and pelvic radiography.

While the debate continues, the idea of stopping a practice that is so ingrained may leave many radiographers feeling confused, said course moderator Susie Moseley, an education and curriculum coordinator for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

"This session will discuss the latest guidance on using shielding, explain the pros and cons, and most importantly, identify resources to help practitioners understand and communicate the change to their patients," she noted.


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