Smart Shield:A Method for Affording X-ray Protection to Physician Operators of Interventional X-ray Equipment Such That Conventional Lead Apron Protec Smart Shield:A Method for Affording X-ray Protection to Physician Operators of Interventional X-ray Equipment Such That Conventional Lead Apron Protec Lead aprons are required by law to be worn by operators of fluoroscopy and during interventional procedures. In particular, the number of such procedures and the duration (complexity) are increasing. A significant population of physician users of x-ray fluoroscopy equipment has chronic back pain and fatigue from wearing protective aprons. This is well documented in the literature. In fact, the Society of Interventional Radiology has identified this issue as one of the major issues confronting their practice today. The Mayo ASU team proposes to build a prototype, or competitive prototypes of a Smart Shield that is able to function and while affording full and complete x-ray protection, is constructed in such a manner that the weight of the lead material is not supported by the physician, but rather by a set of components comprising the Smart Shield. Such a shield would move in an intelligent manner that accommodates the needs of the physician during the course of patient care. Various designs are potential solutions, and the fabrication and analysis of use is the goal of this proposal. Initial solutions will be designed using software simulation.
|Effective start/end date||11/9/09 → 11/30/10|
- Mayo Clinic Arizona: $18,000.00
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