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Course: Nursing - Accredited Courses

Module: Fluoroscopy: Radiation Protection and Safety (Nursing)

Module Description:
Audience: Nurses who work with fluoroscopy equipment including the radiology department, surgical suites, cardiac catheterization labs and pain clinics.
Prerequisites: None
This is a comprehensive course on radiation protection and safety. Advances in technology and clinical treatment methods have led to a rise in fluoroscopy use. Coinciding with this trend is an increase in reported radiation-induced injuries from fluoroscopy. Operators of fluoroscopy units, including radiologic technologists, radiologist assistants, radiologists and other physicians, must have a thorough understanding of how imaging chain components and radiation safety features optimize diagnostic imaging quality and keep radiation exposure to as low as reasonably achievable. This knowledge is especially important as new equipment features become available. In addition to describing various fluoroscopic equipment configurations, Anne Scott, B.S.R.S., R.T.(R), discusses specific elements of fixed fluoroscopy units that affect radiation dose and methods to protect patients and imaging personnel.


Learning Objectives
After completing this article, readers will be able to:
• Identify and justify the need to minimize unnecessary radiation exposure of humans.
• Define radiation and radioactivity units of measurement associated with radiation exposure and dose.
• Discuss the potential biological effects of ionizing radiation, including somatic, genetic, stochastic and nonstochastic effects.
• List the fundamental principles of radiation protection.
• Explain the objectives of a radiation protection program and discuss the components of an effective protection program, including documentation, occupational and nonoccupational dose limits and the ALARA principle.
• Recognize the legal and ethical responsibilities of radiation workers with respect to radiation protection.
• Discuss shielding and examination room design, including the difference between primary and secondary radiation barriers and factors affecting shielding. br>• Describe methods to reduce patient and personnel radiation exposure, including the use of beam-limiting devices, filtration, shielding, exposure factors, positioning, immobilization and intermittent fluoroscopy. br>• Explain the special considerations required for radiation protection of children, pregnant patients and pregnant radiation workers.


The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 4.5 Contact Hours.


This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-11991) for 3.5 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-340188


This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 4.5 Contact Hours.



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: California Board of Registered Nursing (Nursing Contact Hours)
Credits: 4.50
Price: $81.00
Module Expiration Date:
11/19/2019: 12:00 AM(Eastern Time)
Study Days Available:
6 months



Sponsor and/or Accreditation: Florida Board of Nursing (Nursing Contact Hours)
Credits: 3.50
Price: $63.00
Module Expiration Date:
10/31/2019: 12:00 AM(Eastern Time)
Study Days Available:
5 months and 12 days