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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month - Are you Protecting Yours?

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

If you are a radiology professional, it’s very important to protect this sensitive gland from scatter and direct radiation. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, 52,890 people living in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. The good news is the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is 98.3%.  Exposure to radiation and a family history of thyroid issues are risk factors for thyroid cancer and women are diagnosed with thyroid cancer significantly more than men.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat. The gland uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to help make several hormones that control heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, and the amount of calcium in the blood. If you are a radiology professional, it’s very important to protect this gland from scatter and direct radiation through the use of Thyroid collars. Thyroid shields are the best way to minimize the risk of thyroid cancer from radiation exposure during procedures. The annual maximum permissible dose recommended to the thyroid is 300 mSv and a thyroid shield can reduce the effective dose by 2.5 times and the total exposure by almost 50%. It’s important that these shields have at least 0.5-mm lead equivalent thickness for neck and thyroid protection.

While thyroid shields provide effective protection to the thyroid, they do have some limitations. For example, some health care professionals wear thyroid shields loosely or not at all because they are uncomfortable when worn tightly and properly. However, despite this discomfort, wearing the thyroid shield snuggly has a greater effect on protection for the thyroid gland.

The precise risk of scattered radiation to the thyroid is still unknown.  However, considering the stochastic effects, protection of the thyroid gland is essential because it can be highly exposed to scatter radiation if a thyroid shield is not worn. A thyroid shield should also be checked for damage with an annual inspection, like that for aprons.[1]

If you are interested in reading more about Thyroid shielding, there is a Policy Statement on Thyroid Shielding During Diagnostic Medical and Dental Radiology from the American Thyroid Association.  Reference link is below. [2]

 Z&Z Medical carries a wide array of thyroid collar styles to provide the best protection and optimal comfort while working in the field of Radiology. We even care the NEW Magnetic Thyroid collars that don’t tangle your hair when you put  it on. Don’t become a statistic. Protect your Thyroid Gland by wearing a Thyroid Collar. To learn more about Thyroid Cancer Awareness month –  September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month Free Materials Available Year-Round | ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.

[1] Radiation safety: a focus on lead aprons and thyroid shields in interventional pain management (nih.gov)

[2] ABS1223_policy_statement.pdf (thyroid.org)

6 months ago
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So Important to Protect Your Thyroid Gland While Working in Medical Imaging

The Thyroid collar is an essential protection accessory required to protect your thyroid gland. Your thyroid gland is one of the most sensitive organs in your body when it comes to radiation exposure. In fact, radiation exposure is a proven risk factor for thyroid cancer.  This small gland impacts almost all the body’s metabolic processes. Having the location close to the skin and within the trajectory of scatter radiation, it is susceptible to radiation damage and radiation-induced cancer. Moreover, the incidence of thyroid cancer has dramatically increased over the past 4 decades.

Despite these facts, many technologists are not using a thyroid shield that fits correctly or wearing one at all. Even patients are not being provided the opportunity to wear a thyroid shield for protection when the body part being x-rayed is not in the field of view. Z&Z Medical are experts in the industry when it comes to protection and for radiology healthcare professionals and the patients that are imaged. The thyroid gland should be protected from exposure with shielding whenever possible as a healthcare radiology provider and for the patients that are imaged in imaging centers every day. Make sure you have adequate protection for everyone involved. Partner with Z&Z Medical who delivers superior quality and dependable protection with every purchase.

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1 year ago
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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month - Are you Protecting Your Thyroid?

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

If you are a radiology professional, it’s very important to protect this sensitive gland from scatter and direct radiation. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, 52,890 people living in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. The good news is the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is 98.3%.  Exposure to radiation and a family history of thyroid issues are risk factors for thyroid cancer and women are diagnosed with thyroid cancer significantly more than men.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat. The gland uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to help make several hormones that control heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, and the amount of calcium in the blood. If you are a radiology professional, it’s very important to protect this gland from scatter and direct radiation through the use of Thyroid collars. Thyroid shields are the best way to minimize the risk of thyroid cancer from radiation exposure during procedures. The annual maximum permissible dose recommended to the thyroid is 300 mSv and a thyroid shield can reduce the effective dose by 2.5 times and the total exposure by almost 50%. It’s important that these shields have at least 0.5-mm lead equivalent thickness for neck and thyroid protection.

While thyroid shields provide effective protection to the thyroid, they do have some limitations. For example, some health care professionals wear thyroid shields loosely or not at all because they are uncomfortable when worn tightly and properly. However, despite this discomfort, wearing the thyroid shield snuggly has a greater effect on protection for the thyroid gland.

The precise risk of scattered radiation to the thyroid is still unknown.  However, considering the stochastic effects, protection of the thyroid gland is essential because it can be highly exposed to scatter radiation if a thyroid shield is not worn. A thyroid shield should also be checked for damage with an annual inspection, like that for aprons.[1]

If you are interested in reading more about Thyroid shielding, there is a Policy Statement on Thyroid Shielding During Diagnostic Medical and Dental Radiology from the American Thyroid Association.  Reference link is below. [2]

 Z&Z Medical carries a wide array of thyroid collar styles to provide the best protection and optimal comfort while working in the field of Radiology. We even care the NEW Magnetic Thyroid collars that don’t tangle your hair when you put  it on. Don’t become a statistic. Protect your Thyroid Gland by wearing a Thyroid Collar. To learn more about Thyroid Cancer Awareness month –  September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month Free Materials Available Year-Round | ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.

[1] Radiation safety: a focus on lead aprons and thyroid shields in interventional pain management (nih.gov)

[2] ABS1223_policy_statement.pdf (thyroid.org)

1 year ago
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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month - Are you Protecting Yours?

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

If you are a radiology professional, it’s very important to protect this sensitive gland from scatter and direct radiation. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, 52,890 people living in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year. The good news is the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is 98.3%.  Exposure to radiation and a family history of thyroid issues are risk factors for thyroid cancer and women are diagnosed with thyroid cancer significantly more than men.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat. The gland uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to help make several hormones that control heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, and the amount of calcium in the blood. If you are a radiology professional, it’s very important to protect this gland from scatter and direct radiation through the use of Thyroid collars. Thyroid shields are the best way to minimize the risk of thyroid cancer from radiation exposure during procedures. The annual maximum permissible dose recommended to the thyroid is 300 mSv and a thyroid shield can reduce the effective dose by 2.5 times and the total exposure by almost 50%. It’s important that these shields have at least 0.5-mm lead equivalent thickness for neck and thyroid protection.

While thyroid shields provide effective protection to the thyroid, they do have some limitations. For example, some health care professionals wear thyroid shields loosely or not at all because they are uncomfortable when worn tightly and properly. However, despite this discomfort, wearing the thyroid shield snuggly has a greater effect on protection for the thyroid gland.

The precise risk of scattered radiation to the thyroid is still unknown.  However, considering the stochastic effects, protection of the thyroid gland is essential because it can be highly exposed to scatter radiation if a thyroid shield is not worn. A thyroid shield should also be checked for damage with an annual inspection, like that for aprons.[1]

If you are interested in reading more about Thyroid shielding, there is a Policy Statement on Thyroid Shielding During Diagnostic Medical and Dental Radiology from the American Thyroid Association.  Reference link is below. [2]

 Z&Z Medical carries a wide array of thyroid collar styles to provide the best protection and optimal comfort while working in the field of Radiology. We even care the NEW Magnetic Thyroid collars that don’t tangle your hair when you put  it on. Don’t become a statistic. Protect your Thyroid Gland by wearing a Thyroid Collar. To learn more about Thyroid Cancer Awareness month –  September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month Free Materials Available Year-Round | ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.

[1] Radiation safety: a focus on lead aprons and thyroid shields in interventional pain management (nih.gov)

[2] ABS1223_policy_statement.pdf (thyroid.org)

3 years ago
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An Increasing # Of Traveling Radiology Technologists

More and more x-ray technologists are turning to traveling for new jobs and careers. With companies offering free private housing, excellent salaries, health benefits, bonuses, and rental car allowances – who wouldn’t be interested?  Working as a travel rad tech has many benefits but also has some drawbacks

3 years ago
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