Why do we need X-RAY Protective Eyewear?
X-Ray protective eyewear can significantly lower the amount of radiation exposure experienced by radiology technician in the lab during the course of his or her work. Though this may be the main objective, the advantages of using protective glasses are far too many.
One of the most primary conditions that using X-Ray protective glasses can alleviate is cataracts. When it comes to protecting against the harmful effects that exposure to constant radiation can pose to the eyes, it is recommended that radiology techs go above and beyond what the standard demands. According to a study by the MedPage Today, the present standards for occupational exposure by radiology technicians may not be stringent enough to shield them completely. The study conducted by Dr Dauer of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center expects a radiology technician to have a 30-year career; his team involves a set of experiments using mannequins that replaced interventional radiology technology. The team used a solid-state dosimeter and different strategies to shield the operator against radiation exposure as part of the experiment.
Standard eyeglasses when subjected to experimentation proved less, if no protection, against radiation exposure. Compare this with .75mm lead equivalent glasses whose radiation levels were reduced as much as 10.2 times what usually the operators would have been exposed to. Use of extra precaution, including scatter shields, was also observed to further reduce radiation exposure, offering an even safer environment.
The study recommends lead glasses or a leaded shield used in addition to scatter shielding drapes for maximum protection. It also found that by using shielding and with proper training, helped the subject experience an average drop of exposure by 45%.
You can access the full study in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The results of the study show that the lead glasses make a huge difference in the amount of radiation levels endured by the radiotechnology technician. For improved results from a safety perspective, a combination of scatter shielding drapes and X-Ray Protective Eyewear is recommended. It is easy to see why eye protection is crucial. Of course cataracts caused by exposure will have to be treated by surgery, without which the consequences may be one of severe.
Jimhans Medical carries lead glasses for x-ray techs in Malaysia to protect themselves against high doses of radiation.