- Surgeons are highly exposed to fluoroscopic radiation especially in MIS (minimally invasive surgeries) (Bindal 2008, Yu 2014, Kulkarni 2016) and scoliosis surgeries (Ul Haque 2006) .
- Radiation exposure in spine surgery has been found to be 10 to 12 times greater than that during other fluoroscopically-assisted non-spinal musculoskeletal procedures. (Rampersaud 2000).
- An average spine surgeon will receive the maximum allowable lifetime exposure of radiation within 10 years of practice. (Ul Haque 2006).
- Due to the risk of lens opacity the annual dose limit to the human eye has been reduced from 150mSv/year to 20 mSv/year. (ICRP 2011, European Union Council Directive Euratom 2013)
- Recent epidemiological studies show increased prevalence of lens opacities in medical staff performing interventional procedures (Mrena 2011, Vano 2013, Milacic 2009, Jacob 2012)
The Dangers of Radiation Exposure
Eight renowned spine surgeons from around the world weigh in on the dangers of radiation exposure during spine surgery – and how they believe the PediGuard technology can help. Including: Prof. Ciaran Bolger, MD, Larry Khoo, MD, Vikas Kapoor, FRCS (orth.) Randal Betz, MD, Helton Defino, MD, Prof. Charles Court, MD, Prof. André Kaelin, MD, Alphonse Lubansu, MD.
What surgeons say about radiation exposure:
“I’m very concerned about high-dose radiation within the practice. And this rings true for me very personally because one of my practice partners passed away from what we believe is radiation through thyroid malignancy. And knowing that radiation is a quantitative accumulative dose, anything we can do to cut down even 10-20% would have a tremendous impact on our safety in practice.”
“When not using PediGuard, we would regularly reach our facility mandated radiation level by October and not be permitted to operate for the rest of the year. With PediGuard, we have been able to keep our radiation exposure low and operate through the end of the year.”
“I certainly feel that this is a time bomb waiting to go off. I think PediGuard can reduce radiation exposure to a very significant extent which could be a really important factor for surgeon safety, for my patient’s safety and for the safety of my staff who works with me.”