publication . Article . 2013

Occupational Hazard: Radiation Exposure for the Urologist – Developing a Reference Standard

Seth A. Cohen; Sriram S. Rangarajan; Tony Chen; Kerrin L. Palazzi; J. Scott Langford; Roger L. Sur;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2013 Journal: International Brazilian Journal of Urology (issn: 1677-5538, eissn: 1677-6119, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Urologia
Abstract
Introduction To date, there is a paucity of literature offering practicing urologists a reference for the amount of radiation exposure received while surgically managing urolithiasis. This study examines the cumulative radiation exposure of an urologist over 9 months. Materials and Methods We present a case series of fluoroscopic exposures of an experienced stone surgeon operating at an academic comprehensive stone center between April and December 2011. Radiation exposure measurements were determined by a thermoluminescent dosimeter worn on the outside of the surgeon's thyroid shield. Estimations of radiation exposure (mrem) per month were charted with fluorosc...
Subjects
free text keywords: Urolithiasis, Nephrolithiasis, Kidney Calculi, Radiation Injuries, Urologic Surgical Procedures, Neoplasms, Diseases of the genitourinary system. Urology, RC870-923
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