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OMICS Journal of Radiology
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Research Article

Determining Fluoroscopic Radiation Exposure to the Urology Resident

Sparenborg J*, Yingling C, Hankins R, Dajani D, Luskin J, Nash K, Dahal K and Pahira J
Department of Urology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, USA
Corresponding Author : Sparenborg J
Department of Urology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Rd, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Tel: 301-529-0634
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 22, 2015 Accepted: January 22, 2016 Published:January 26, 2016
Citation:Sparenborg J, Yingling C, Hankins R, Dajani D, Luskin J, et al. (2016) Determining Fluoroscopic Radiation Exposure to the Urology Resident. OMICS J Radiol 5:215. doi:10.4172/2167-7964.1000215
Copyright: ©2016 Sparenborg J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Fluoroscopy has grown to become a critical technology for the modern urologist. The safety of fluoroscopic radiation has been evaluated in a variety of settings however it remains understudied in the urology literature. This study evaluates radiation exposure in the urology fluoroscopic suite. Dosimeter badges were worn by resident and attending urologists to measure radiation exposure during fluoroscopic cases. Exposure was also measured by calculating cumulative air kerma for each case type eg., laser lithotripsy, stent placement. It is estimated that the urology resident and the attending are exposed on average to 3.25 Rem/year and 0.46 Rem/year. Physicians spending above average time in the fluoro suite, i.e., urology residents were not exposed to radiation levels above safety guidelines.

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