A novel complete radiation protection system eliminates physician radiation exposure and leaded aprons

Authors


  • Conflict of interest: Dr. Goldstein developed intellectual property (IP) which served as the foundation for and has been fully licensed to ECLS, the company that manufactures the radiation protection system described. Dr. Goldstein owns equity in ECLS but otherwise has no formal relationship with the company.

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, William Beaumont Hospital, 361 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073. E-mail: jgoldstein@beaumont.edu

Abstract

Background

Occupational health hazards associated with fluoroscopic-based procedures are well known, including a high prevalence of orthopedic problems, and those related to radiation exposure, particularly cancer and cataracts. This article reports the “first-in-man” clinical experience with a novel radiation protection system designed to eliminate radiation exposure to operators and thereby obviate the need for orthopedically burdensome leaded aprons. The Trinity Radiation Protection System consists of a combination of fixed shields, radiation drapes, and interconnecting flexible radiation resistant materials creating a complete radiation protection environment for the operators, yet maintaining full and unimpeded contact with the patient and total control of all operational elements of the catheterization equipment.

Methods and Results

This report constitutes an analysis of 19 nonrandomized cases in which operator radiation exposure data were collected (Trinity Radiation Protection System n = 10 cases versus standard shielding alone n = 9). In all cases performed with the Trinity System, there was neither any measurable significant radiation exposure in any anatomic region nor for the total case, whereas operators performing cases with standard shielding were exposed to radiation in all regions of their bodies (total per case exposure differences P < 0.0001).

Conclusion

The novel radiation protection system described is the first to provide a complete radiation barrier that eliminates radiation exposure to operators, thereby obviating the need for orthopedically burdensome leaded aprons. This approach to radiation protection has promise to enhance the safety and occupational health of medical personnel in the catheterization laboratory. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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