X-ray technologists are at risk of exposure to scatter radiation while performing diagnostic imaging procedures. Scatter radiation is a type of radiation that is emitted in various directions, rather than directly at the target area, and can potentially expose nearby organs and structures to radiation. One of the ways to minimize this exposure is by using appropriate shielding and limiting the amount of radiation used during the procedure.
Another important measure to protect against scatter radiation is for the X-ray technologist to wear protective eyewear. The eyewear, also known as radiation protective eyewear, is specifically designed to protect the eyes from scatter radiation. They are made of materials such as lead or tungsten that can effectively block or absorb the radiation before it reaches the eyes.
Wearing protective eyewear is especially important for X-ray technologists who frequently perform procedures in fluoroscopy or interventional radiography. This is because the higher the radiation dose, the greater the risk of developing cataracts or other eye problems. Additionally, even low levels of radiation exposure over an extended period of time can still increase the risk of developing eye problems and even cataracts.
It is important to note that the use of protective eyewear is not only important for the technologist but also for any other healthcare professional in the room during the procedure.
In conclusion, protective eyewear is an essential piece of personal protective equipment for X-ray technologists. It is important for employers to provide and enforce the use of radiation protective eyewear to minimize the risk of exposure to scatter radiation and protect the health of their employees.