lead apron


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lead apron

[led]
Etymology: AS, led + Fr, napperon
a protective shield of lead and rubber that may be worn by a patient, radiological technologist or radiologist, or both during exposure to x-rays or other diagnostic radiation. It is intended to guard against excessive exposure of the reproductive and other vital body organs to ionizing radiation. Also called protective apron.

lead apron

An apron that contains lead or equivalent material and is sufficiently pliable to wear as protection from ionizing radiation. It is used to shield patients and personnel during radiological procedures.
See also: apron
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The difference in the dose to the surgeon's pelvis area above and under the lead apron clearly indicates the effectiveness of the lead protection.
It should be understood that protective apparel such as lead aprons are capable only of protecting the wearer against the effects of secondary radiation, also known as scatter.
2] When you are not working, your film badge should be returned to its appropriate designated area, not left on the collar of your lab coat or on a lead apron.
Six of 11 lead aprons and thyroid guards used by staff for protection when taking an x-ray were also said to be damaged or contaminated.
But," she added with a laugh, "I forgot about those heavy lead aprons that you have to wear.
Steve Porter of Burlington Medical also commented, "This secure inventory management system for lead aprons helps to standardize, organize, and simplify the inspection process, as well as the overall management of aprons within the facility.
According to LaDue, his company's CoolVest product has four zones for evenly-distributed cooling and patented non-kink tubing to prevent cooling zones from being closed off as a result of wearing heavy lead aprons and other restrictive surgical garments.
Because X-rays are used to allow the doctor to monitor what is going on inside the patient, it means that doctors standing close to the patient wear radiation shields such as lead aprons which are burdensome.
Construction workers wear hard hats; flight line workers wear bright colors and earplugs; radiology techs wear lead aprons or stand behind a lead wall--the list goes on and on.
Shielding of the abdomen and pelvis with lead aprons should be done if feasible.
Wearing gloves, face masks, and lead aprons to shield them from plutonium's radioactivity, they remove the plutonium pit from the bomb's warhead.
Radiation exposure, along with the physical strain of wearing heavy lead aprons for radiation protection, is a professional risk that physicians who work with fluoroscopy have long endured.