Obesity Increase Risks for Cancer from Higher Radiation Exposure

New research shows that obese patients require higher radiation exposure during radiology exams leading to cancer risks associated with radiation exposure. A new study from England’s University of Exeter and Musgrove Park Hospital this month highlights Radiology’s conundrum of the obese patient. The practical and social difficulties associated with medical imaging of obese patients are increasingly common problems.  It is no surprise to radiology personnel … Continue reading Obesity Increase Risks for Cancer from Higher Radiation Exposure

What do the Texas regulations require for Fluoroscopic Spacers?

Below is the regulation for the State of Texas. Basically, it says that you can remove the spacer cone for specific surgical applications that would be otherwise prohibited at the SSDs specified by the regulation. If you do remove it, then you must have written operating and safety procedures that provide precautionary measures to be adhered to during the use of the shorter SSD, in … Continue reading What do the Texas regulations require for Fluoroscopic Spacers?

Radiology Conundrum: Removing the Fluoro Spacer

Recently, the online radiology communities have been debating the problems of removing the fluoroscopy spacer meant to keep the distance of the X-ray source consistent on each patient and each procedure. Many surgeons are asking for removal of the spacers to facilitate the surgical field.  We asked our radiation safety expert, Louis Wagner, Ph.D., DABR, FACR, FAAPM. Question for Dr. Wagner:What are the practical consequences … Continue reading Radiology Conundrum: Removing the Fluoro Spacer