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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 158–162 | Cite as

Radiation exposure during chest X-ray examinations in a premature intensive care unit: phantom studies

  • T. Duetting
  • Birgit Foerste
  • Thilo Knoch
  • Kassa Darge
  • Jochen Troeger

Abstract

Background. There are few reports on the radiation dose received by infants, their family and radiographers exposed to scatter radiation in a premature baby intensive care unit. Objective. To evaluate the degree of radiation exposure from diagnostic X-ray examinations with mobile X-ray machines in a premature intensive care unit. Materials and methods. The radiation exposure of an adjacent newborn, the radiographer and other persons in the room was simulated using phantoms during X-ray examination of the chest using vertical and horizontal beams. Results. Most of the measured doses were below the registration limit of the measuring apparatus and had to be extrapolated by multiple exposures. Without exception, the maximal doses were significantly lower than the permitted limit for persons not professionally exposed to X-rays. Conclusions. Recommendations to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure are given.

Keywords

Radiation Intensive Care Unit Radiation Dose Radiation Exposure Premature Baby 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Duetting
    • 1
  • Birgit Foerste
    • 1
  • Thilo Knoch
    • 2
  • Kassa Darge
    • 1
  • Jochen Troeger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paediatric Radiology, Ruprecht-Karls University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 150, D-69 120 Heidelberg, GermanyDE
  2. 2.Central Radiation Protection, University Hospital, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, GermanyDE

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