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Course: ASRT Authored Courses

Module: Fluoroscopy: Radiation Protection of the Eye

Module Description:
Audience: Radiologic Technologists
Prerequisites: None
Skill Level: Introductory
Fluoroscopy delivers the highest occupational radiation doses experienced by medical imaging professionals. Although fluoroscopy operators routinely wear lead aprons and other personal shielding, they might not use eye protection, making radiation exposure of the eyes a significant safety issue. Veteran medical writer Bryant Furlow, B.A., has pulled together the most comprehensive, in-depth research on eye anatomy and visual system diseases for this exceptional article. Mr. Furlow covers every aspect of radiation protection of the eye, from the changing dose thresholds for radiation cataract formation to strategies to minimize radiation dose to the eyes.

Learning Objectives
After completing this article, readers should be able to:
• Describe the functional anatomy of the eye.
• Explain how ionizing radiation can disrupt the structure, physiology and function of visual system tissues.
• Discuss different types of visual system diseases and disorders and their relation to ionizing radiation exposure.
• Discuss changing views about dose thresholds for radiation cataract formation.
• Identify how staff position with regard to the fluoroscopy unit and patient can affect dose.
• Describe strategies for minimizing patient and staff radiation doses during fluoroscopic procedures.
• Explain why fluoroscopic radiation dose to the eye lens is a major occupational exposure concern and how the threat of chronic exposure can be mitigated.
• Describe sentinel event thresholds requiring postfluoroscopic monitoring for radiation injury.

About the Author
Bryant Furlow, BA,
is a freelance medical writer and health care journalist, and a regular contributor to Radiologic Technology and The Lancet Oncology. Bryant’s newspaper health care reporting received a first-place award in 2009 for investigative journalism from the New Mexico Press Association and Associated Press. He is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is writing a book about the epidemiology of childhood leukemias.

Author: ASRT: American Society of Radiologic Technologists
About the author: The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: American Society of Radiologic Technologists Category A+
Credits: 3.00
Price: $60.00
Module Expiration Date:
5/21/2020: 12:00 AM(Eastern Time)
Study Days Available:
6 months