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A study conducted at the University of Helsinki found that proper radiation protection such as the use of RADPAD® can significantly reduce radiation exposure.[1] In fact, when using RADPAD®, the Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) showed a reduction of radiation dosing of 84%. The table below shows the study’s findings.

Adverse health conditions as a result of prolonged radiation exposure are extremely common, and interventional lab personnel are among the most affected. Exposure has increased six-fold in the last 30 years, and nearly 40% of the increased exposure is related to cardiovascular imaging and intervention.[2]

Health conditions include cancer, skin lesions, cataract and orthopedic illnesses while secondary findings included increased risks of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and anxiety/depression. Studies also show that the rate of prevalence of these conditions increases with the number of years worked in the occupation.[3]

RADPAD® Solutions

RADPAD® products are the only clinically proven, non-lead, non-latex and non-vinyl, lightweight and disposable products that can provide up to 95% reduction in x-ray scatter radiation. Placed directly on the patient, the RADPAD® shield works by creating a “shade zone” where radiation is absorbed by the shield. This allows the clinician to move freely within this zone with significantly reduced scatter radiation, all while protecting the other staff and the patient as well.

RADPAD® 5000 series products are comprised of several procedure-specific radiation protection shields designed to provide maximum protection to the operator and cath lab personnel during fluoro-guided procedures.

RADPAD® 7000 series are comprised of several procedures specific sterile drape + RADPAD® Radiation Protection Shields, designed to protect operators and cath lab personnel during fluoro-guided procedures.

RADPAD® No Brainer® is an attenuation material-lined scrub cap worn by the cath lab personnel to protect their brain from scatter radiation during fluoro-guided procedures.

RADPAD® Thyroid Shield w/ Cover is a RADPAD® thyroid shield worn by the cath lab personnel to protect thyroid glands during fluoro-guided procedures.

To learn more about the RADPAD®, please call 888-891-1200 or email us to be connected to your local sales representative.

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References:

[1] Santos et. al, “Radiation Doses to Staff in a Hybrid Operating Room: An Anthropomorphic Phantom Study with Active Electronic Dosimeters”

[2] National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements. Ionizing Radiation Exposure of the Population of the United States. Bethesda, MD National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, (2009) 160.

[3] Venneri, L, et al. Cancer risk from professional exposure in staff working in cardiac catheterization laboratory: Insights from the National Research Council’s Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII Report. American Heart Journal, (2009) 157: (1), 118-124