Radiation Exposure During Intramedullary Nailing of Femoral and Tibial Fractures: How Much Radiation Does an Orthopedic Surgeon Receive and Habits to Reduce Radiation Exposure
Gary Ulrich1* and David Rich2
1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Kentucky College of Medicine,
Lexington, KY, USA
2Eclipse Orthopaedics LLC, Warsaw, IN, USA
*Corresponding Author: Gary Ulrich, Department of Orthopedic Surgery,
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA.
July 18, 2023; Published: July 29, 2023
Radiation exposure is omnipresent in the orthopedic field, especially with the advent of minimally invasive techniques such as intramedullary nailing. A thorough understanding of radiation is necessary due to the health effects of accumulating exposure. In this review, we discuss radiation with a focus on the radiation exposure during the intramedullary nailing of femoral fractures and tibial fractures. We also discuss habits to reduce radiation exposure in the operative room and adhere to the principle of keeping operative radiation exposure “as low as reasonably achievable.” With a thorough understanding of radiation and habits to reduce radiation exposure, an orthopedic surgeon can safely navigate treating these long bone fractures.
Conclusion: Calcaneal Fractures; Minimally Invasive; Sinus Tarsi Approach.
Keywords: Radiation Exposure; Radiation Dose; Intramedullary Nailing; Femoral; Tibial; Fluoroscopy; Personal Protective Equipment
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