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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 6/13/2012
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2018
  • Credit Hours: 1 Credit
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    Since the invention of the X-ray, one of the more critical questions that has been raised is, "Does the potential harm outweigh the diagnostic benefits?" After the initial discovery of X-rays and prior to the establishment of guidelines by the scientific community in conjunction with prudent medical practices of the time, X-rays were being used by many untrained practitioners. "Cigarette cards" that were created during the late 1800s to early 1900s were known as "The Working Man's Encyclopedia" and were guides for how to use and dose X-rays to patients. Although the X-ray was promoted in both medical and commercial communities, neither one understood the short- or long-term hazards of radiation overexposure. This article will review the history of the development and use of the X-ray since its invention, discuss the hazards of radiation overexposure and lack of protective precautions, and examine all of the potential hazards and safety guidelines pertaining to radiation exposure to the eye in the field of medical imaging. Furthermore, it will discuss the measurements, devices, and regulatory guidelines that govern its use and potential harm to the operator's radiosensitive organ, the eye.

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • Review the history of the development and use of the X-ray since its invention.
    • Discuss the hazards of radiation overexposure and lack of protective precautions.
    • Examine the potential hazards and safety guidelines pertaining to radiation exposure to the eye in the field of medical imaging.
    • Describe measurements, devices, and regulatory guidelines that govern the use of radiation and the potential harm to the radiologic technologist's eye.


    Categories: Radiation Safety/Protection, X-ray/Radiography

  • CE Information:

    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the "Take CE Test!" link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must obtain a score of 75% to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.0 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same or any subsequent biennium.


The Effects of Radiation Exposure in Medical Imaging to the Eye

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: radiologytechnique@gmail.com.

Disclosures: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

ABSTRACT

Since the invention of the X-ray, one of the more critical questions that has been raised is, "Does the potential harm outweigh the diagnostic benefits?" After the initial discovery of X-rays and prior to the establishment of guidelines by the scientific community in conjunction with prudent medical practices of the time, X-rays were being used by many untrained practitioners. "Cigarette cards" that were created during the late 1800s to early 1900s were known as "The Working Man's Encyclopedia" and were guides for how to use and dose X-rays to patients. Although the X-ray was promoted in both medical and commercial communities, neither one understood the short- or long-term hazards of radiation overexposure. This article will review the history of the development and use of the X-ray since its invention, discuss the hazards of radiation overexposure and lack of protective precautions, and examine all of the potential hazards and safety guidelines pertaining to radiation exposure to the eye in the field of medical imaging. Furthermore, it will discuss the measurements, devices, and regulatory guidelines that govern its use and potential harm to the operator's radiosensitive organ, the eye.

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