The quality of medical imaging is of the utmost importance in terms of safety, and must be strictly regulated through federal legislature in addition to state legislature, ensuring the persons administering radiation are held to the highest of standards. Successfully completing accredited programs in radiologic sciences, having thorough knowledge of and resolute compliance with the rules of ethics, as well as achieving certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) by means of examination warrants an imaging professional with the tools necessary to provide and maintain a safe environment for themselves and their patients alike. Respectively, all of these components contribute to a health care professional’s
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With being the operator of the x-ray you should only be pointed at your head and not your chest, organs, or even the fetus unless you get an abdominal x-ray but even then the risk of radiation exposure is lower than the chance of needing an abdominal x-ray. Other precautions you should take to avoid the scatter radiation is stand be hand a wall or lead barrier if using a wall mount machine, or if using a hand help(nomad) x-ray machine you should apply a lead apron to you and your patients. If you are the patient and are getting the x-ray, make sure you tell the dental team that you are or might be pregnant so that they can make sure they do everything that
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Although the incorporation of current medical technology as a part of patient care can have its risks, overall, the benefits of their use in society outweigh the drawbacks. The utilization of CT scans, a form of medical imaging that uses radiation, is an example of how this tech can have major risks for a patient. Health researchers Shannon Brownlee and Sam Wainwright argue “Radiation's harmful effects on the body are the same no matter the source, yet we see some kinds of radiation as bad and others as good. We request CT scans from doctors, but we'd have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the Fukushima evacuation zone.”(Wainwright and Brownlee 1). These authors show that radiation is a very serious but overlooked danger. The problem is there is always going be risks involved
One of another main reason for all the irregularities during the procedure occur mainly due to the confusion of communication between the radiographer and the surgeon because of a formal language is not being used in order to operate the fluoroscopy (Suhm et al., 2003 ).This creates a confusion and loss of crucial time which eventually leads to numerous position adjustments, while doing so the radiographer had to expose the patient several times before the desired position can be obtained which can prove to be serious threat depending upon the nature of patient as exposure to radiation differs depending upon the nature and status of a patient.
Although there have been signs of leukemia, there is still uncertainty if that long hours of radiation exposure has any effect on x-ray techs. (RSNA) Although I first believed that as an x-ray tech I would be diagnosed with cancer or some other disease, I now know that there is only a slight possibility that I will even be diagnosed. Even though getting zapped by some kind of radiation would turn the x-ray tech into a powerful beast would be cool, it is impossible… for now anyways.
The article Radiation Protection of Medical Staff1 looks at the various occupational hazards medical imaging personnel face on a day to day basis. As technology has improved over the years, there has been an increase in the number of medical imaging procedures in which medical imaging staff must stay in the room or near the patient when the radiation exposure takes place. Because of this, medical imaging personnel could be at a substantial risk of occupational exposure to radiation and they must be aware of the proper actions and steps that are in place to keep their occupational exposure dose as low as reasonably achievable.
When assisting the patient, the radiographers have to make sure they provide radiation safety not only for the patient but also for themselves. There are many different methods to providing safety. With the equipment and radiation dosage, highest KVp and the lowest mAs is used to provide the minimum amount of dosage required for the procedure. Furthermore, safety can be provided by reducing the amount of rime in radiation area, by putting as much distance between you and the radiation source as possible. When performing a portable examination stand at least six feet from x-ray source and wear a lead apron. The patient should remove any jewelry or metal accessories that may interfere with radiation procedure and both the technologist and the patient needs to wear protective lead shields for example lead gloves, aprons, skirts and thyroid shields to protect the other body parts from the radiation. It is advised to also always wear monitoring device at collar level. Lastly, the technologist uses immobilization devices to hold the patients when needed.
Although some Physicians are knowledgeable about radiation safety, others have little or no knowledge about radiation safety and does not consider this factor when ordering imaging examinations. Furthermore, non-physician health care providers may be granted the authority to order imaging studies, and their ordering patterns are likely to reflect the behavior of their supervising Physicians (American College of Radiology). Examples of non-physician health care providers include Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. Today, radiography is widely used in the operating rooms within hospitals. Physicians, Physician Assistants, and others will use a manually operated foot switch, which is attached to the C-arm. This allows the Surgeon to
Advances in both radiography and radiation treatment keep on advancing and get to be more sophisticated. Cases incorporate digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in which, apparently, there is the potential for more prominent inclusion by radiographers and by radiation therapists in image guided radiation treatment. Looking even to the moderately later past underscores the degree to which change is happening in the radiography and radiation treatment work environment. Case in point, ten years prior it was radiologists who embedded cannulas for CT patients (AIR 2014, 1). Presently radiographers and attendants attempt the assignment. In private radiology hones, Australian radiographers now consistently embed central lines and do feature joint, shoulder, arm, and tendon infusions under supervision.
I agree with you that doses are very small. I see your point of caring for the patient and not necessarily use a lead shield. However, remember the rules of personal protection: Time, Dose and Distance. If you have a procedure that might take you an hour and you will spend it with a patient, you will be exposed to a higher dose of radiation. I would think that in this particular example, we should use a lead shield, because we want to minimize/ decrease our annual dose of radiation exposure. If we will neglect all the safety rules, we might be in trouble. You always wear your seat belt while driving, right? It will increase your chance of survival during a car accident. Some people neglect to do that, like my husband, and his risk of being
Professionalism is at the cornerstone of a radiographers practice. It ensures a patient can entrust skills and competence of the professional. The Australian Institute of Radiography list what radiographer should demonstrate in an fluoroscopic interaction. Highlighted is the need for expertise in infection control, setting parameters for screening, exposure factor comprehension, being a team member and being “mindful of… radiation protection” (Radiography, 2013). Being aware of the radiation exposed to the patient and team members is essential in practice. The governing body that regulates ionizing radiation is ARPANSA, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safty Agency. They cite the “ALARA” priciple as the phiosophy for preventing radation to the patient. That is to keep dose As Low as Reasonably Archiveable (Protection, 2011). This can be achieved practically
The effects of radiation can be hazardous to any part of the human body. In this guide I will explain the advantages, and disadvantages of x-ray radiation. I will also discuss the technological advances that we have today then of what we had the past on the human body during radiation exposure. I will explain preventions of exposure and safety precautions that we as dental assistants as well as patients can follow to stay safe.
radiation (the kind used in X-rays) is known to cause cancer at high doses, the risks of