LOS ANGELES--()--SpineGuard applauds Dr. Larry T. Khoo, The Spine Clinic of Los Angeles, for his efforts in raising awareness about the dangers of repeated, long-term exposure of OR radiation to his fellow spine surgeons and their OR staffs and patients.
Spine surgeons double their lifetime radiation exposure limits in less than 10 years. Radiation exposure in spine surgery is excessive, protection is underutilized, and the long-term biological effects can be deadly. There is a growing concern among influential spine surgeons such as Dr. Larry Khoo, who are calling for the reduction of radiation vulnerability in the OR.
It has been reported that a 95%* of physicians grossly underestimate how much radiation both they, and their staff, are absorbing; and, that only 14%* of doctors have undergone training on radiation susceptibility. Nonetheless, there are simple steps that can be adopted, validated under rigorous clinical study protocols, to dramatically reduce radiation exposure in the OR.
*“Glow-in-the-Dark Doc: Radiation Exposure”, Orthopedics This Week, volume 5, issue 29, Sept. 22, 2009
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