According to a publication released by the American Thyroid Association, the thyroid is among the most “susceptible sites to radiation-induced cancer.”
Physicians without Adequate Protection are at Risk from Scatter Radiation
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) states that an “increase in the use of diagnostic x-rays, particularly CT, necessitates the protection of the thyroid gland” in order to diminish thyroid cancer risk. It is especially important to take into account repeated exposure to radiation over one’s lifetime when assessing this risk, and physicians who are undertaking these procedures without adequate protection are at risk from scatter radiation.
The findings of the ATA indicate that revisiting the benefits of thyroid shielding is a practical and timely way to reevaluate how healthcare professionals can proactively protect themselves.
Thyroid Shields Protect from Radiation Exposure
For physicians performing radiologic procedures, the usage of thyroid shields is an essential precaution to protect from exposure, and Infab’s wide variety of thyroid collars offer premium radiation protection. Wearing thyroid shielding is in line with standards for radiation protection which also include time spent exposed, and the distance between the radiologist to the radiation source.
For any medical professional who works with the risk of radiation exposure, shielding makes it possible to take on more procedures, as the protection increases the amount of time that one can be exposed.
Protect All Areas at Risk
Leading the way in innovative protection, Infab’s Thyroid Collars protect all areas at risk, front and back. Infab’s Thyroid collar offers a comfortable and fully adjustable fit making it easy to wear for full days and multiple procedures.
The MTC Magnetic Thyroid Collar provides a large coverage area with convenient magnetic closure. This allows for an adjustable fit and a smooth surface area for easy cleaning.
The NST-S1 and TCV-S1 offer a “one-size fits all” comfortable fit that gives the user protection with the convenience of easy application and removal. The NST-S1 differs from the TCV-S1 in that it does not have a fabric trim – or “binding” along the outer edge.
Protect Patients with Thyroid Shielding
Thyroid shielding is also crucial when it comes to patient protection, and in addition to our thyroid collars, Infab offers patient protection in the form of Disposable Barium Sulfate thyroid shields.
The European Commission for Guidelines on Radiation Protection concluded that providing thyroid shielding to patients significantly reduces radiation doses concluding that this type of patient protection is strongly recommended any time the thyroid is in the line of, or very close to, the primary beam.
Disposable Thyroid Shields
The Disposable Barium thyroid shields are designed to maximize patient protection, without sacrificing comfort. Furthermore, they are highly effective during CT scans, dental radiography, or any procedure where X-Ray radiation is utilized. Independently tested, usage of the Disposable Barium Sulfate Thyroid Shield showed over a 60% dose reduction at 50 kVp to 150 kVp during CT and general X-ray examinations.
Furthermore, the disposable shields are inexpensive, 100% disposable through a standard hospital waste system, and eliminate cross-infection and contamination. This benefits any facility that is looking for a solution to protect their patients in a cost-effective manner while providing thyroid protection that is superior to other methods.
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