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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.
ISSN: 0004-8682
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Orthopaedics
Appears in Collections:Health Service Research

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