Marcus Christian Müller*, Michael Windemuth, Sophie Frege and Eva Nadine Striepens Pages 220 - 226 ( 7 )
Background: Chronic exposure to occupational ionising radiation is seen as one reason for elevated cancer prevalence.
Objective: The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate radiation exposure of anaesthetists by real-time dosimetry.
Methods: Data of 296 patients were analyzed. Ten types of trauma operation procedures including osteosynthesis of upper and lower extremity fractures and minimally invasive stabilisation of traumatic and osteoporotic vertebral fractures were accomplished. Evaluation was performed by an occupational dosimetry system, which visualises anaesthetists radiation exposure feedback compared to surgeons in real-time.
Results: A significantly lower radiation exposure to anaesthetists compared to surgeons was observed in four types of operative procedures: Plate fixation of proximal humerus fractures, osteosynthesis of proximal femoral fractures, stabilisation of traumatic and osteoporotic vertebral fractures. In four types of operations (plate osteosynthesis of proximal humeral, distal radial and tibial fractures and intramedullary nailing of the clavicle), anaesthetists` amount of radiation exceeded one-third of the surgeons' exposure, especially if the C-arm tube was positioned close to the anaesthetists work station at the patients' head.
Conclusion: By using the occupational radiation dose monitoring system, radiation exposure to anaesthetists was visualised in real-time during trauma operations. Radiation exposure of anaesthetists depends on the type of operation and the position of the C-arm. The system may help to increase anaesthetists` awareness concerning radiation exposure and to enhance compliance in using radiation protection techniques.
Chronic exposure, real-time dosimetry, proximal humeral, distal radial and tibial fractures, intramedullary nailing, clavicle, Radiation exposure, C-arm, radiation protection techniques.
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Klinikum Ibbenburen, Große Straße 41, 49477 Ibbenburen, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, University Hospital of Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, 53105 Bonn, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, University Hospital of Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, 53105 Bonn, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital of Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, 53105 Bonn