Radioprotective garments
Radiation protection for the patient.               home | breast care | oral care

Under conventional CT technique, an average sized woman can receive between 2.0 to 3.5 rads of absorbed radiation to her breasts from a thoracic computed tomography scan. That's the equivalent of 10 to 25 two-view mammograms! Now consider that pediatric patients are as many as 10 times more susceptible to carcinogenesis from radiation exposure than are adults. AttenuRad radioprotective garments utilize a thin, flexible, bismuth (lead free) composition to attain significant radiation protection for breasts, eye, and thyroid. Neither artifact, phantoms or other distortions in the diagnostic image.
For the practitioner.

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Designed for use in head and facial computed tomography scans. Eye shield molds over nasal bridge with eye shield portions laying flat over the patient's closed eyes. No part of the shield covers the bony external orbital rim, otherwise artifacts may be created. Adhesive material ensures a tight seal with no air gaps. Shield is cut to a thickness of 4 plys, allowing about a 40% dose savings to the eyes.   Catalogue ARE-4, pkg/20

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Consists of two large panels, one for each breast, complete with 0.635cm foam offset. Each panel is specially designed to form-fit the curvatures of the supine body regardless of the patient's size, providing maximum radiation protection to the medial upper breast, the armpit and other radiosensitive areas. Shield is cut to a thickness of 4 plys, allowing about a 50% dose savings to the breast.  Catalogue ARB42 (Medium), each | Catalogue ARB53 (Large), each

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Positioned over the Adam's apple, the Thyroid shield is designed to provide maximum protection to the radiosensitive thyroid gland. To ensure proper positioning, a curved notch in the center of the shield is placed at the top of the sternum. An adhesive on the back of the shield holds the shield firm. Shield is cut to a thickness of 4 plys, allowing about a 60% dose savings to the thyroid.  Catalogue ART-4, pkg/10

Pe d i a t r i c   C T   Shields
Neonate Catalogue AR14X5 pkg/10
1 yr old Catalogue AR24X6 pkg/8
5 yr old Catalogue AR28X8 pkg/6
10 yr old Catalogue AR33X10 pkg/4


PRELIMINARY DATA SUPERFICIAL RADIOSENSITIVE ORGANS (absorbed dose)
Mean (St Dev)/Max shielded Mean (St Dev)/Max unshielded % of change MEAN
EYE (Orbital CT: 120kV, 315mAs, 4mm slice thickness, half field) 1.54(0.16)/1.89 2.56(0.26)/2.98 -39.8%
THYROID (C-spine CT: 120kV, 315mAs, 4mm slice thickness, full field) 2.29(0.12)/2.44 5.73(0.55)/6.63 -60.0%
BREAST (Chest CT: 120kV, 315mAs, 4mm slice thickness, full field) 0.96(0.38)/1.39 2.24(0.82)/2.89 -57.1%

References:
Article RADIATION DOSE REDUCTION TO BREAST AND THYROID DURING MDCT: EFFECTIVENESS OF AN IN-PLANE BISMUTH SHIELD. C. Hohl, JE Wildberger, C Sub, C thomas, G Muhlenbruch, T Schmidt, D Honner Acta Radiologica 2006 (6).

Article THE BREAST: IN-PLANE X-RAY PROTECTION DURING DIAGNOSTIC THORACIC CT: Shielding by Bismuth Radioprotective Garments. Dr Kenneth D. Hopper, Dec, 1997, Radiology.

Article RADIOPROTECTION TO THE EYE DURING COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY. Dr Kenneth D. Hopper, Joel Neumann, Steven H. King, Allen Kunselman.

Article IN-PLANE BISMUTH BREAST SHIELDS FOR PEDIATRIC CT: Effects on Radiation Dose and Image Quality Using Experimental and Clinical Data. B.L. Fricke, L.F. Donnelly, D.P. Frush, T Yoshizumi, V Varchena, S.A. Poe, J Lucaya. Feb 2003 AJR:180

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Attenuating Gloves.

Hand exposure during a fluoroscopic procedure can be as great as four times higher than eye or body exposure. (note NCRP report no. 107) Designed to reduce scattered beam radiation exposure in any fluoroscopic procedure, The Attenuating Glove provides protection that is greater than thicker, lead-loaded gloves.

•latex-free

•lead-free

only 0.22mm thick for maximum touch sensitivity

Size Cat #
6.5 ASG65
7 ASG70
7.5 ASG75
8 ASG80
8.5 ASG85
XL ASGXL

NOTE:

Not intended for use where hand is placed adjacent to or in the Primary X Ray beam. This glove is for attenuation of scattered radiation during Fluoroscopic Examination.
Dir. Beam attenuation
60KVP 50%
80KVP 40%
100KVP 34%
120KVP 30%