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Radiation distribution and protection in a surgical theatre

Belinda van der Merwe
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 30, No 1 | a269 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v30i1.269 | © 2011 Belinda van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 October 2011 | Published: 26 October 2011

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Belinda van der Merwe, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

The duty of a radiographer in theatre is to be prudent to minimise radiation exposure whenever possible and thus to apply the ‘As-Low-As-Reasonably Achievable’ (ALARA) principle to ensure the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient and staff. The aim of the study is to determine low-dose radiation working areas in theatres and to propose protocols during fluoroscopy to apply the ALARA principle.


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