Open Access Clinical Techniques Article ID: GJCT-8-148

    Investigation of the effectiveness of ECOLAB ’Drape ArmourTM’ Radiation Protection in limiting eye-lens doses of healthcare personnel exposed to ionizing radiation during gastroenterology - interventional radiology procedures

    Fulvio IM Fucilli*, Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Alessandro Mastrorocco, Matteo Ninni, Piero Loprete, Isa De Crudis, Massimiliano Marano, Antonio Santomauro and Fabio Fucilli

    Objectives: To investigate the efficiency of the ECOLAB “Drape ArmourTM” device in limiting the eye-lens doses absorbed by healthcare personnel exposed to ionizing radiation, in a four-month trial during gastroenterology interventional radiology procedures. 

    Methods: Eyelens doses measured with eye-lens dosimeters calibrated in terms of equivalent dose at 3 mm depth ( Hp(3) ) were collected and analyzed since 2016 along with the irradiation parameters (Dose Area Product - DAP). 

    The eye-lens doses received during the four-month trial, have been compared with doses normally received, in the same conditions of irradiation, in the absence of the protection drape.

    Results: During the period of use of Drape ArmourTM, the average dose to the eye lens was estimated to be 0.73 mSv (St.dev = 0.40 mSv). The average dose to the eye lens, measured in the same four-month period, across different years from 2017 to 2021, was equal to 1.30 mSv (st. dev = 0.35 mSv).

    Conclusions: Results suggest the effectiveness of Drape ArmourTM in containing the doses to the eye lens.

    Keypoint: Limiting eye-lens doses to a maximum value of 20 mSv/year is a real challenge, especially in interventional radiologic facilities. The use of suitable radio-opaque drapes may help healthcare workers involved in such facilities. The aim of the work is to evaluate the efficiency of the ECOLAB “Drape ArmourTM” sterile mono-use drape.


    Published on: Oct 20, 2022 Pages: 46-50

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2581-5407.000048
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