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Fluoroscopy Radiation Safety Devices: An Update and Review
George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R)
*Digital Radiography Product Specialist, Radiology Support Services, Germantown, NY
Address correspondence to: George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R), Radiology Support Services, PO Box 215, Germantown, NY 12526. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.Disclosures: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.
The author would like to dedicate this article in the memory of his beloved daughter, Rhoda. Her love of physics and the sciences is eternal.
Because fluoroscopy is able to display continuous X-ray images in real time and capture dynamic processes in the body as they occur, fluoroscopic applications in medicine continue to play an important role for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. As with all radiation, however, there is a risk to the patient, operating fluoroscopist, assistant radiographer, and ancillary support staff of overexposure to continuous ionizing radiation. It is therefore important that healthcare professionals involved with fluoroscopic procedures remain educated in radiation safety, particularly with regard to dose limits, the various radiation protective devices currently available, and dose optimization techniques, as well as understand the importance of establishing quality assurance protocols and guidelines, to protect patients and themselves.
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