Why Radiation Protection

What healthcare workers need to know.

Navigating Scatter Radiation for Healthcare Professionals

When considering a healthcare career, specifically in spaces that require diagnostic imaging solutions, it's essential to understand the effects of scatter radiation and what measures must be taken to protect yourself and the rest of the medical staff.

Radiation Exposure in Interventional Suites

Radiation Exposure in Interventional Suites

The radiation used in radiology procedures is X-rays, a form of ionizing radiation. This ionizing radiation can eventually cause harmful stochastic effects with prolonged exposure.

Risks of Scatter C-arm Radiation to Medical Teams

Studies have shown an increased risk for various cancers, specifically brain cancer, in healthcare workers occupationally exposed to ionizing radiation. Now more alarming studies find other health risks.**

Brain Tumor
Breast Cancer
Cognitive Degradation
Fetal Exposure
Orthopedic Injury
Thyroid Disease

Safe Exposure Limits

Current standards in the United States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) allow for the following amounts of exposure in three months:

  • Whole body – 1 ¼ rem
  • Hands, forearms, feet, and ankles – 18 ¾ rem
  • The skin of the whole body – 7 ½ rem

Read These Industry Articles

Enhancing Radiation Safety Culture: Investigating the Mediating Role of Awareness Among Orthopedic Doctors and Operation Theatre Assistants
The increasing use of minimally invasive orthopedic procedures has led to a greater reliance on fluoroscopy, resulting in elevated radiation exposure for surgeons.
Update on Radiation Safety in the Cath Lab – Moving Toward a “Lead-Free” Environment
Improving radiation protection will enhance the quality of life for the cath lab. Heavy protective lead aprons, moveable shields, and poor ergonomics remain barriers to a safer environment. Innovations in shielding systems will permit the CCL team to work in a personal “lead-free” environment.
Occupational Safety in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Lead-free, lead-composite garments, and 0.25-mm and 0.35-mm lead aprons are up to 30% lighter. Still, bench testing for radiation transmission has yielded variable results compared with the standard 0.5-mm lead garment, thus questioning the safety of these devices regarding radiation protection.
Shifting the Paradigm for Healthcare Workers’ Protection
Renewed attention has focused on the occupational health hazards posed by working in the fluoroscopic laboratory. Accumulated occupational radiation exposure is associated with health risks to physicians, nurses, and technologists working in this environment.
Recommendations for Occupational Radiation Protection in Interventional Cardiology
The radiation dose received by cardiologists during percutaneous coronary interventions, electrophysiology procedures, and other interventional cardiology procedures can vary by more than an order of magnitude for the same type of procedure and for similar patient doses.

Protection for the Entire Healthcare Team

Using lead aprons, glasses, and gloves has been the current preventative measure to protect healthcare workers from radiation exposure. Other shielding technologies are often used but may only offer partial protection to the treating physician and limited protection to the rest of the medical team.


Novel Solution To Scatter Radiation Exposure

Radiaction blocks over 90% of radiation exposure to the entire room, protecting the entire medical staff—no need to keep piling on more lead weight and suffering the orthopedic effects. Get comprehensive head-to-toe radiation protection with the potential to remove up to 75% of lead weight while Radiaction delivers the level of protection you need.


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System Features

Radiation Blocking

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Staff Protection

Protection for the Entire Staff

Full Body

Full Body Head-To-Toe Protection

Rapid Deployment

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Patient Access

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*Laish-Farkash A, et al. EuroIntervention 2022;18:262-266

**Grazia Andreassi M, Piccaluga E, Guagliumi G, et al. Occupational Health Risks in Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Workers. Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions. 2016; e003273 9 4, doi:10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.115.003273

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