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Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by bobcat, May 17, 2002.
Can anyone tell me the average rem/year of exposure for a radiologist with a busy IR practice?
I don't have an answer for you, Bobcat, but you might try <a href="http://www.auntminnie.com." target="_blank">www.auntminnie.com.</a> This is a really cool website for the radiologist-to-be. You can ask residents or practicing radiologists themselves and will probably get a better response.
Medical personnel in general receive 70 mrem/year (according to the DOE). Compare that to airline crew members who get 1000.
I've been trying to figure out if there is any data on radiation exposure and effects in interventional fields. I haven't been able to find much at all. I think that its not something that people want to think about.
I think this is a very difficult thing to calculate and if you did find a source it would most likely be based on dubious data. Most IR rads I know have ceased wearing their badges so as not to call down the wrath of the radiation safety officer. I can tell you that the actuarial tables of insurance companies state there is no special risk to being a radiologist including IR. The thing we teach all rad residents is to be responsible with the radiation use. Wear your lead, understand x-ray physics principles and become good at what you do so you don't have to irradiate yourself or the patient more than necessary.