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Study Finds Radiation Reduction Gloves Have Negative Impact

A study published in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics found the use of radiation reduction gloves used by fluoroscope operators during fluoroscopically guided procedures can negatively impact patient dose. The study was a collaboration between Alexander Pasciak, PhD, Associate Professor, Radiology, and A. Kyle Jones, PhD, Imaging Physics, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. Their findings in "Time to Take the Gloves Off: The Use of Radiation Reduction Gloves Can Greatly Increase Patient Dose" note this increase in dose, when considered against the relatively small published reduction in dose to the operator's hands, may mean that the increased risks from the use of radiation reduction gloves outweigh the benefits.

Posted: January 27, 2015

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