Purpose To quantify the reduction in operator exposure to scatter radiation by using an extension component in addition to a commonly used lower body radiation shield attached to an interventional radiology procedure table. Materials and Methods An anthropomorphic pelvis phantom was exposed to fluoroscopy at varying C-arm angles to simulate a standard interventional procedure. A MAVIG UT60 lower body shield (MAVIG, Munich, Germany) (48 cm × 78 cm, 0.5 mm lead equivalent), with an attachable extension component (48 cm × 36 cm), was suspended from the edge of the table adjacent to the pelvic phantom. Using a handheld Geiger counter, scatter radiation exposure rates were measured at the level of an operator's eye, chest, waist, and knee, with various C-arm angles both with and without the attachable extension component. Mean exposure rates for each experimental setup were calculated and compared. Results Overall, scatter radiation exposures were lower with the addition of the extension component, with the largest reductions (> 80%) measured at the operator's waist and knee levels, for all C-arm angles. The highest reduction in scatter radiation exposure was measured at knee level, at 0 degrees left posterior oblique projection, where the use of the lower body shield extension component reduced the exposure rate from 4.80 mR/h to 0.44 mR/h (90.8% reduction, P 80%) reductions in operator scatter radiation exposure, particularly to the lower body. © 2014 SIR.
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