Category Archives: Radiation Information

Don’t Shield Your Patients Anymore?

In August of this year (2019) the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) released a statement that turned a lot of heads. The AAPM recommends that gonadal shielding (the lead apron around the waist) no longer be used in x-ray imaging exams.  It’s a bold position that goes against what nearly everyone for 100…

The Reality of Dental Radiation

Dental x-rays have always given patients such a small amount of radiation that its effects are considered almost an afterthought. Dentists and hygienists are taught the details and intricacies of radiation dose and its interactions with the human body, but the public’s knowledge is limited. To make it understandable, in practice, dental staff members often…

Monitoring Radiation Dose: Dosimeters and Monitoring Staff Radiation Dose

In Colorado, all facilities with x-ray equipment must have a radiation safety program. This often includes personal dosimetry badges for staff to wear. These devices are sometimes referred to as film badges, from a time when the dosimeters actually contained little pieces of x-ray film. These pieces of film would then be developed every few…

Radiation Exposure: Effects of Low-Level Radiation Exposure on the Human Body

It has been proven that high levels of radiation are bad for the human body. However, scientists are unsure whether low levels of radiation dosage are really harmful to us or not. Humans are exposed to low levels of radiation all the time, just by virtue of living on earth. We know that the human…