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Document ID (ISN)101034
CIS number 03-401
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rothmore P.
Title Lead aprons, radiographers and discomfort: A pilot study
Bibliographic information Aug. 2002, Vol.18, No.4, p.357-366. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract The association between fatigue and ease of movement while wearing different configurations of lead aprons has not been widely studied. The main aim of this study was to make appropriate recommendations to staff working within an angiography suite with regard to the most appropriate choice of lead shielding. In a crossover study design, five radiographers (three women, two men) each wore three different configurations of lead aprons: a two-piece suit, a one-piece suit and one-piece suits with waist belts. They completed visual analogue scales on their perceived levels of discomfort and fatigue at the beginning (T1) and end (T2) of patient procedural lists. Information on "ease of movement" was collected at T2 only. Statistical analysis revealed significantly greater levels of discomfort in the neck and lower back regions between T1 and T2 for subjects while wearing one-piece aprons, with a trend towards significantly greater discomfort in the thoracic region.
Descriptors (primary) radiation protection; radiology; protective aprons; comfort assessment
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; lead; threshold of discomfort; radiation shielding; selection of equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Protective clothing
Accident research
Ionizing radiation