January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and it is a good time to educate ourselves about how to protect the Thyroid and the measures we can take to protect ourselves from radiation exposure during x-ray procedures. One important measure is the use of thyroid collars, which are designed to protect the thyroid gland from radiation exposure during x-ray procedures.
The thyroid gland is located in the neck and is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism and other important functions in the body. It is also located close to the x-ray beam, which means that it is vulnerable to radiation exposure during x-ray procedures.
Thyroid collars are a simple but effective way to protect the thyroid gland from radiation exposure during x-ray procedures. They are made of lead or other radiation-blocking material and are worn around the neck to shield the thyroid gland from the x-ray beam.
It is important for all x-ray technologists and other personnel who work around x-ray to wear thyroid collars whenever they are in the vicinity of an x-ray beam. This includes not only when they are actively performing x-ray procedures, but also when they are in the room where x-ray procedures are being performed.
In addition to wearing thyroid collars, it is also important for x-ray technologists and other personnel to follow all other recommended safety measures to protect themselves from radiation exposure. This includes wearing lead aprons and other protective gear, as well as following proper safety protocols when setting up and using x-ray equipment.
Overall, the use of thyroid collars is an important part of ensuring the safety of x-ray technologist and other personnel who work in the field of radiology. By taking this simple precaution, we can help to protect ourselves and others from radiation exposure and reduce the risk of developing thyroid cancer or other radiation-related health problems.