A practical tutorial for the practicing interventionalists or fluoroscopy worker on the deficiencies of non-lead and lightweight aprons. The problems are explained in relatively simple terms and graphics, with a section providing guidance on how to evaluate one’s own apron or a potential purchase in order to prevent unexpected radiation exposure. Read More...
Featured Article: Conducting a busy interventional practice with negligible exposures to the head and eyes, while supporting zero weight on the body. The goal is achieved, using readily available resources. Read More and link to manuscript
Featured Article: More confirmation of the problems with lightweight “lead” aprons supporting the findings and discussions in the reviews below. Two recent manuscripts highlight the reduced protection of non-lead aprons, the pervasive problems with labeling compliance and regulations in general, and why we often don’t know if we are shielded. Read More and link to manuscripts
Featured Article: Excellent study by Fetterly et al. demonstrates the geometric problems with lead glasses and attenuating caps which lead to severely reduced effectiveness, approaching nil for the brain and contralateral eye. Link to abstract and full manuscript
Featured Article: The prevalence of musculoskeletal pain is very high in IR doctors, and usually attributed to the interventional practice, as shown in this excellent recent study. Prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in interventional radiologists. Morrison et al.
Reviews on the Topic of Radiation Safety for Interventionalists
A more in depth discussion of the problems of lightweight aprons from several angles including regulations, standards, physics, and commercial aspects. (For practical tips on selecting aprons please refer to the “Lightweight aprons exposed” page). Read More...