Cancer prevalence of orthopaedic surgeons is elevated and chronic exposure to occupational ionizing radiation is seen as one reason.
Use of a new dosimeter enabling radiation dose monitoring in real-time may reduce radiation exposure of orthopaedic surgeons.
Materials and methods
Over a period of four months, the surgeon and the C-arm operator were equipped with a novel dosimeter called DoseAware® (DA) while using the C-arm fluoroscope intraoperatively. Data of 68 patients DA were retrospectively compared using matched-pair analysis with 68 controls without DA. Both groups were assessed regarding fluoroscopic time (FT) and radiation dose (RD). Seven types of operative procedures were performed: internal fixation of subcapital humerus fractures, midshaft clavicular fractures, distal radius fractures, pertrochanteric femoral fractures, ankle fractures, traumatic vertebral fractures and osteoporotic vertebral fractures.
Concerning the FT, use of DoseAware® led to a significant reduction for all evaluated operation types except for internal fixation of distal radius fractures (P=0.0511). Regarding the RD, use of DoseAware® led to a significant reduction for all evaluated operation types except trochanteric femoral fractures with a PFNA® (P=0.0841).
DoseAware® allowing real-time radiation dose monitoring reduces radiation exposure of the orthopaedic surgeon and instantly demonstrates the effects of dose-reduction techniques.
Level of evidence
Level III retrospective case control study.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Occupational exposure, Radiation, Orthopaedic surgery, Dosimetry