2022 Undergraduate Research Showcase


How OID Affects Dose to Surgical Team and Patient When Using a Mobile Fluoroscopic Unit in Surgery

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Natalie Mourant


Exposure to radiation is an inevitable part of the medical imaging field and has an effect on more than just the imaging the patient receives. The surgical suite commonly uses a mobile fluoroscopic unit to take live images during surgeries in order to see exactly what is going on in the patient's body, in real time. With the use of a mobile fluoroscopic unit in the surgical suite, not only is the patient receiving a direct dose from the machine, but the surgical team is receiving scatter radiation. This is radiation which bounces off of the patient and the image receptor, and spreads in a disorganized pattern throughout the room. That means that the entire surgical suite is at risk for unnecessary radiation exposure. An experiment was performed in the laboratory that studied how the distance between the patient and the image receptor affected the amount of dose acquired by the patient, the surgeon, and the technologist performing the exam.

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