At UM Health-West-University of Michigan Health, we have stopped using patient shielding and will no longer place lead aprons or gonad shields over you during your x-ray, CT, or Fluoroscopy exam.
Technological and procedural improvements have eliminated the need for the radiation protective apron. Additionally, many years of research have shown that radiation exposure used in modern diagnostic x-ray exams is less harmful than originally thought.
These studies have also shown that shielding patients carries the risk of using more radiation than not using shielding and could cover a body part that the doctor needs to see.
For patient safety, experts on x-rays agree that patient shields should not be used.
Frequently Asked Question’s
- AAPM PP 32-A: AAPM Position Statement on the Use of Patient Gonadal and Fetal Shielding. (2019).
Retrieved from https://www.aapm.org/org/policies/details.asp?id=468&type=PP¤t=true
- AAPM Patient Gonadal and Fetal Shielding in Diagnostic Imaging Frequently Asked Questions retrieved from https://www.aapm.org/CARES/
- ICRP, 2007. The 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection. ICRP Publication 103. Ann. ICRP 37 (2-4).
- Frantzen, M. J., Robben, S., Postma, A. A., Zoetelief, J., Wildberger, J. E., & Kemerink, G. J. (2012).Gonad shielding in in pediatric pelvic radiography: disadvantages prevail over benefit. Insights Imaging, 3, 23–32.
- Marsh, Rebecca M., and Michael Silosky. “Patient Shielding in Diagnostic Imaging: Discontinuing a Legacy Practice.” American Journal of Roentgenology, vol. 212, no. 4, 2019, pp. 755–757., doi:10.2214/ajr.18.20508.
New York Times | “That Lead Apron in the X-Ray Room? You May Not Need It”