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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Emily A Eismann, Eric J Wall, Elizabeth C Thomas, Megan A Little
BACKGROUND: Direct beam radiation exposure to the surgeon, especially to their hands, is extremely common during supracondylar humerus fracture pinnings and results in exposure to significantly greater doses of ionizing radiation when compared with scatter radiation. The purpose of this study was to determine how often surgeons are exposed to direct beam radiation during this surgery and whether the C-arm position and the surgeon's experience influence radiation exposure. METHODS: In this double blind study, we collected 3842 fluoroscopic still images from 78 closed reduction and percutaneous pinning surgeries for supracondylar humerus fractures performed or supervised by 6 attending surgeons...
March 2014: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
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