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5 Ways To Minimize Your Occupational Radiation Exposure


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Limiting Radiation Exposure

Reducing radiological exposure in healthcare settings is important for both occupational workers as well as patients. The following guidelines are based on the radiation safety principles of time, distance, and shielding. By following these guidelines, you can reduce your occupational exposure to radiation.

Note: This information included in this post is intended for general reference information only. The information provided is not a substitute for professional advice and should not be relied upon in the absence of such professional advice.

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5 Ways To Minimize Your Occupational Radiation Exposure

  1. 1. Occupational Radiation Exposure 5 Ways To Minimize Your Dose
  2. 2. #1 - Limit Exposure Time Time is one of the three basic safety measures to reduce external radiation exposure. ● Reducing time of exposure reduces the effective dose proportionally ● Minimize time near radiation sources
  3. 3. #2 - Notify Healthcare Personnel Radiation equipment operator ○ Must notify healthcare personnel prior to activation of radiation producing equipment (RPE). ○ Any piece of equipment in which x-rays are produced electrically are classified as (RPE). ● Radiation Producing Equipment Applications ○ Radiography ○ Mammography ○ Computed Tomography (CT)
  4. 4. #3 - Fluoroscopic Procedures Healthcare personnel performing fluoroscopic procedures must ensure patient is kept as close as possible to image intensifier. ● Keep patient away from tube side of unit ● Reduce radiation exposure by standing on the image intensifier side of the fluoroscopic unit (whenever possible)
  5. 5. #4 - Avoid Direct Beam Exposure Healthcare personnel must avoid holding the patient manually during a radiographic study due to the risk of direct beam exposure ○ Any individual holding or supporting a person during radiation exposure should wear protective gloves and aprons (min 0.25 mm Pb equivalent) ○ Keep all body parts out of the direct x-ray beam
  6. 6. #5 - Utilize Shielding Appropriate radiation shielding should be used ● Walls, windows, control booths, and doors ● Mobile rigid shields on wheels ● Flexible aprons, vests, and skirts ● Thyroid collars and shields ● Leaded safety eye glasses with side shields ● Lead gloves
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