Are bismuth shields, for eyes, breasts, and/or thyroid, a good idea?

The flexible, disposable, commercially available shields are placed over the breasts, thyroid, or eyes to reduce the organ dose to the specific region. Whether or not they are effective vs. simply reducing the mAs per rotation is still being debated. Of course there is a degradation in image quality, as will always be the case …

What are the requirements of the new Ohio Department of Health regulations relating to controlling patient radiation exposure?

Effective April 15, 2009, new ODH regulations require any facility who provides CT services to develop an ALARA program for CT patients. The program must be developed in cooperation with a radiation expert (medical physicist) and must be reviewed annually. That’s about all the regulation says; there is not much detail, and they have not …

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