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Jindal T, 2013: The risk of radiation exposure to assisting staff in urological procedures: a literature review

Jindal T
Department of Urology, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, India


Abstract

Fluoroscopy is an integral part of urology and is used for various procedures, such as extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, uretero-renoscopy, and ureteral stenting. This technique exposes the urologist and assistants to radiation, which is known to have deleterious effects. Although there have been studies that determine the amount of exposure and the risks to the operating urologist, the risk to the assisting staff remains largely undetermined. A literature review was conducted to determine the risk of radiation exposure during urological procedures, with emphasis on data concerning assisting staff. Data from nine major studies is presented in this article.

Urol Nurs. 2013 May-Jun;33(3):136-9, 147
PMID:23930446 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Peter Alken on Monday, 07 October 2013 13:48

Only one publication from 1992 in this literature review deals with SWL. The other 8 publications are on PNL and URS. The conclusion is that the radiation exposure of the assisting staff was well below the permissible annual limits during urologic procedures.

Peter Alken

Only one publication from 1992 in this literature review deals with SWL. The other 8 publications are on PNL and URS. The conclusion is that the radiation exposure of the assisting staff was well below the permissible annual limits during urologic procedures. Peter Alken
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