Discontinuation of Lead Shielding for Radiation-Based Imaging
We discontinued the routine use of lead shielding for patients receiving radiation-based imaging exams (X-ray, CT scans) at The Elliot. This change is based on the best scientific evidence available and supported by multiple national medical organizations, including the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Many healthcare organizations across the globe have already shifted their practice based on this guidance.
Lead shields were introduced in the 1950s to protect the testes, ovaries, or fetus. However, more than 50 years of research have shown that shielding provides little to no benefit and could increase the amount of radiation used for the exam. In addition, modern advancements in imaging technology capture better images while using much less radiation.
We are committed to continually evaluating our practices and updating our technology to provide you with safe care. We encourage you to discuss additional questions or concerns with your provider or radiologist.