Healthcare staff working in OR are not fully protected from harmful radiation. To mitigate the risk of radiation exposure, the use of leaded aprons, thyroid and glasses are mandatory. However, the operators´ legs, arms, neck and cranium are at risk.
Endovascular surgical procedures are predominantly performed from the right side of the patient; therefore, the major scatter source is most often to the left side of the operator. The left side of the head experience twice the exposure levels of the right side 1. A study on brain and neck tumors occurring in physicians with exposure to ionizing radiation documented left sided malignancy in 85% of the operators 2. The disproportionate pattern of left-sided lesions has raised concerns among healthcare professionals 3,4.
HeadPeace is designed to provide radiation protection in the front and on the sides of the head and is clinically proven for its reduction of scatter radiation and its usability in the OR.
A pilot study to evaluate HeadPeace ability to reduce radiation doses to the operator’s head in clinical routine interventions was performed by researchers at Sahlgrenska University Hospital5. Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) were positioned to measure scattered radiation towards the operators head while performing X-ray based clinical interventions. In total, 42 measuring points at different positions were used on the in- and outside of HeadPeace. The TLDs were worn for a month. The absorbed doses to operators head surface were low, as expected, due to the use of basic radiation protection methods, such as increasing distance and use of lead shields. However, the absorbed dose was significantly lower on the inside of the HeadPeace, compared to nearest measuring points outside the HeadPeace (p-value < 0,01). The researchers concluded that HeadPeace reduces radiation exposure up to 20 times towards the operator’s head in clinical routine interventions.
Functionality and usability
HeadPeace was recently clinically proven for its functionality in the OR. Researchers at the Health Technology University of Halmstad, Sweden, investigated how HeadPeace affected anthropometric, biomechanic and ergonomic parameters during clinical interventions6. They concluded that 100% of the respondents experienced greatfunctionality and usability of HeadPeace in clinical environments:
- Easy to use
- Adequate fit and compatible with eyeglasses
No negative affecton head and work postures
HeadPeace has received CE mark, the legal requirement for access to the European market. The CE mark declares that HeadPeace meets the essential requirements of the Directive (89/686/EEC), outlining the safety and performance requirements for personal protection equipment (PPE). HeadPeace intended use is to reduce the cranial exposure to ionizing radiations in clinical interventions. Especially for long duration procedures. NOT for nuclear/gamma use.
Think ahead. Safety first.
HeadPeace 0,25 mm Pb complies with IEC 61331-1; has passed EC type examination and is certified in accordance with PPE 89/686/EEC. HeadPeace is available in three different sizes, choose size depending on head circumference as detailed below.
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1. Ryan R. Reeves, MD, Lawrence Ang, MD, John Bahadorani, MD, Jesse Naghi, MD, Arturo Dominguez, MD, Vachaspathi Palakodeti, MD, Sotirios Tsimikas, MD, Mitul P. Patel, MD, Ehtisham Mahmud, MD. Invasive Cardiologists Are Exposed to Greater Left Sided Cranial Radiation. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions Vol. 8, No. 9, 2015.
2. Roguin A, Goldstein J, Bar O. Brain tumours among interventional cardiologists: a cause for alarm? Report of four new cases from two cities and a review of the literature. EuroIntervention 2012;7: 1081e1086.
3. Venneri L, Rossi F, Botto N, Andreassi MG, Salcone N, Emad A, Lazzeri M, Gori C, Vano E, Picano E. Cancer risk from professional exposure in staff working in cardiac catheterization laboratory: insights from the National Research Council’s Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII Report. Am Heart J 2009;157:118e124.
4. Klein LW, Miller DL, Balter S, Laskey W, Haines D, Norbash A, Mauro MA, Goldstein JA, Joint Inter-Society Task Force on Occupational Hazards in the Interventional Laboratory. Occupational health hazards in the interventional laboratory: time for a safer environment. Radiology 2009;250:538e544.
5. Larsson M, Jonasson P, Apell P. Evaluation of a new personal radiation protection device for the operator’s head during X-ray diagnostics and interventions. Physica Medica 52. 2018; 1–98.
6. Elin Jonsson, HealthTechnology University Halmstad. http://halsoteknikcentrum.hh.se/portfolio/headpeace/. 2017-08-10.