An experiment was conducted to see how the breast tissue is affected with and without lead shielding during both a two-view elbow and a two-view hand exposure. The purpose of this study was to see if lead shielding would lessen the amount of radiation dose to the breast tissue during upper extremity x-rays. Radiosensitive tissues, like breast tissue, when exposed to high doses of ionizing radiation have a higher risk of developing into cancer. The results of the study indicate that lead shielding does indeed lessen the amount of radiation to the breast tissue significantly.
Whipple, Emily and Perkins, Kristen, "How Breast Tissue Is Affected During Upper Extremity Exams" (2021). 2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase. 60.