Radiation Safety Tips
This content is designed for healthcare professionals who
work with medical radiation in imaging procedures. It is divided into two
sections. Section 1 reviews ways to decrease your exposure to radiation during
a procedure. Some of these tips only apply to operators who are in the room
during procedures, such as interventionalists. Section 2 reviews various ways
to help decrease the dose of radiation delivered to the patient during a
The recommendations in both sections are based on the
principles of ALARA, or As Low As Reasonably Achievable. ALARA is founded on
three basic concepts to decrease radiation dose: decreased time of exposure,
increased distance from radiation source and use of proper shielding. Making
ALARA an integral part of your work habits can have a positive impact on
reducing levels of radiation exposure for everyone.
addition to the ALARA principles, there are procedure-specific considerations
that can help reduce radiation exposure. For example, in CT scanning, making
adjustments to tube current (mA), tube potential, gantry rotation time, and
helical pitch can all make a substantial difference in the radiation dose
delivered to the patient. Healthcare providers should take steps to employ
appropriate radiation safety practices to ensure that the principles of ALARA
Healthcare is committed to providing low-dose equipment, education and training
to help ensure the benefit from medical imaging can be achieved while the risks
from radiation exposure are reduced.
information on our extensive training programs, click
information on our Brilliant program, OEC Radiation Safety Quick-Guide, and OEC
Surgery iPad app, click here, or explore the
following GE Healthcare resource for
more detail: Brilliant.
12 helpful tips on reducing dose in Interventional procedures, download the PDF.
Please click here for Industry Resources.