|Document ID (ISN)||101034|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
|Convention or series no.
||Lead aprons, radiographers and discomfort: A pilot study
||Aug. 2002, Vol.18, No.4, p.357-366. Illus. 14 ref.
||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.
||radiation protection; radiology; protective aprons; comfort assessment
||subjective assessment; lead; threshold of discomfort; radiation shielding; selection of equipment
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Australia|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)