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.