Whether we realize it or not, every day we’re exposed to radiation. Although it varies depending on which part of the world you live in or what type of work environment you’re exposed to, a level of background radiation is always present.
Some sources of radiation include cosmic rays originating from space and radon gas emitted from the Earth’s surface. These natural sources of radiation however are not solely responsible for all radiation exposure.
Man-made radiation is emitted from household items such as televisions and smoke detectors. But the majority of man-made radiation comes from the medical imaging industry – 95% in fact, according to the Radiological Society of North America.
In this industry, the biggest source of man-made radiation exposure for women originates from CT scanning. CT scans accounted for about half the amount of total radiation exposure, despite CT scans only making up about 17% of medical imaging procedures in 2006.
The number of CT scans has increased over time because of their accessibility and speed of results. With an increase in the ubiquity of CT scans comes an increase in radiologists and medical imaging support staff.
Women’s Lead Free X-Ray Aprons
Since women are generally more susceptible to the harmful effects of radiation, it’s important for hospital staff to ensure that the proper equipment is provided to female radiation professionals.
Lite Tech offers a wide array of styles that are available in male and female sizing. One popular style amongst women is the adjustable weight apron, which provides added flexibility in movement and sizing through its crisscross strap design and Velcro attachment.
For radiology specialists who have a personal apron for daily use, there are additional ways that Xenolite women’s x-ray aprons can be customized.
Click here to view the wide array of fabric materials, patterns and embroidery options for your lead-free radiation shielding apron.
Radiation Protection for Pregnant Women
Gynecologic imaging is an area where women are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of radiation. Age, pregnancy and whether the patient or practitioner is breastfeeding elicit increased risk.
In general embryos, babies and children are more sensitive to radiation because their cells are reproducing at a faster rate. The period in which an embryo is most sensitive is from 8 to 15 weeks gestation age, according to the American Association of Physics in Medicine (AAPM).
For the safety of female radiation specialists who are expecting, Lite Tech offers a maternity product referred to as the “pregnancy panel.”
This product can be added to any Xenolite women’s x-ray skirt style apron and provides added shielding to the entire abdomen. When it comes to pregnancy, one who works with radiation and medical imaging can never be too careful.
Women represent an important demographic in the radiologic sciences sector today. The Radiologist Assistant Practice Survey reported in 2015 that 48.6% of respondents were female; not to mention the population of female hospital support staff.
For more information about women’s lead free x-ray aprons and other radiation shielding gear, contact us today.