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|Title:||Evaluation of thyroid shields for reduction of radiation exposure to orthopaedic surgeon||Authors:||Incoll, Ian W ;Dewey, P.||Issue Date:||Sep-1998||Source:||Volume 68, Issue 9, pp. 635 - 636||Journal title:||The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery||Abstract:||BACKGROUND: A perceived increase in the incidence of thyroid carcinoma in orthopaedic surgeons prompted an assessment of the use and value of thyroid shields in the operating theatre. METHODS: The radiation exposure to the thyroid area of 19 orthopaedic trainees was measured over a 3-month period, while they were operating. The results were correlated with thyroid function tests and the number of emergency operative cases performed. RESULTS: Thirteen trainees received radiation exposure within the guidelines set for the general population. Two trainees received exposure above this but within the guidelines set for occupational exposure. A thyroid shield reduced radiation exposure of the neck in one trainee by a factor of 13. The availability and usage of thyroid shields was low: only seven out of 13 trainees used shields. CONCLUSIONS: A thyroid shield should be worn by orthopaedic surgeons if radiation is used during the operative procedure.||URI:||https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/1208||Pubmed:||https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9737257||ISSN:||0004-8682||Publicaton type:||Journal Article||Keywords:||Orthopaedics|
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