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    gonad shielding during x-rays

    Hi everyone,

    My daughter had a routine scoliosis x-ray today and I think they may have shielded her incorrectly. It was a PA x-ray (shot back to front, with her facing the x-ray plate and the x-ray beam coming from behind). They taped the shield to her tummy, and were very quick about everything, but later I thought they shielded her from the wrong side! I think they should have placed the shield at her back.

    I called the Dr's office where the x-ray was done and spoke to the rad tech. What she told me sounds strange: she said "the main x-ray beam is not harmful at all, it is the scatter that bounces back that is harmful." I know about scatter, but I think the statement "the main x-ray beam is not harmful at all" can not possibly be correct. I asked if this was something new and she said no. So does this sound strange to anyone else?? We have never had x-rays done here before.

    I know what's done is done, but any thoughts?
    Last edited by leahdragonfly; 09-12-2008 at 09:34 AM.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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