Texray protection equipment shows promise for reducing radiation

Stefan Rohde (L) and Felix Bärenfänger (R)

According to a press release, Texray radiation protection equipment reduces radiation dose by up to 97% during clinical interventions. This was the main concluding finding of a study led by Felix Bärenfänger (Klinikum Dortmund, Dortmund and University of Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany) and colleagues and published in the European Journal of Radiology.

The Texray headband (HeadPeace), and an extended thyroid collar (MindPeace), were evaluated during 20 general radiological and 32 neuroradiological interventions. The clinical evaluation concluded a significant dose reduction of 80–90%, with an average of 81.2±11.1% (general radiology) and 92.1±4.2% (neuroradiology).

It is reported the study revealed a radiation exposure of the head and neck area with cumulative local dose values up to 4.4mSv, in a relatively small sample of procedures. According to the press release, this value is surprisingly high, given that experienced operators performed the interventions, and lead protection shields were used in all procedures.

“We believe that an additional device for the head area is reasonable because usage of the devices yielded effective protection. I was really surprised to see how much scatter radiation is still arriving on the performing physician, although we are already using all these different lead shields and radiation protection devices,” concludes senior author Stefan Rohde (Klinikum Dortmund, Dortmund and University of Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany).


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