AANA Journal Course: Update for Nurse Anesthetists—Part 2—Radiation Safety for Anesthesia Providers
Many modern diagnostic and surgical procedures rely heavily on the use of ionizing radiation. These procedures include computed tomography, nuclear medicine procedures, interventional radiology, and cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology procedures. An overview of some of the basic principles of radiation biology, radiation physics, and radiation protection and specific guidelines related to radiation exposure and pregnancy are described. The authors of this course state that the effects of radiation exposure are cumulative and permanent, and an understanding of these principles and practices will help anesthesia providers keep their occupational exposure to a minimum.
Keywords: ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable), anesthesia provider, electromagnetic radiation, inverse square law, ionizing radiation, radiation safety, x-rays.