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RADIOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF LEAD APRON INTEGRITY IN FIVE SELECTED HOSPITALS IN ABUJA, NIGERIA
Ilupeju Y, Ibrahim U, Yusuf S.D, Mundi A.A, Idris M.M.
Background: The general consensus is that any exposure to ionising radiation carries a risk. Diagnostic radiology is the largest (87%) contributor to man-made ionising radiation, therefore any economical and socially acceptable means of reducing dose without compromising the diagnostic value of the procedure must be worth implementing.
Aim: This study is aimed at evaluating lead apron integrity in five selected Hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria.
Methodology: The methodology approach includes the application of a large area beam for transmission measurement with the placement of OSLD before and behind the ten (10) lead aprons to determine the entrance and exit dose as well as the transmission factor. In this study, a lead apron consisting of 0.25mm and 0.35mm thickness were examined.
Results: The result shows that the transmittance factor of the entrance and exit dose through the lead equivalent aprons is directly proportional to the age of the apron with NHA1 having the highest transmission factor (0.83) and oldest age (16 years). WGH2 has the lowest transfer factor (0.12) and the least age (1 year).
Conclusion: Lead aprons loses their attenuation capability over time and should be replaced after 15 years at most for effective protection against ionizing radiation.
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Ilupeju Y, Ibrahim U, Yusuf S., Mundi A., Idris MM. RADIOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF LEAD APRON INTEGRITY IN FIVE SELECTED HOSPITALS IN ABUJA, NIGERIA. J Radiogr Radiat Sci 2021;35(1):1–5. https://doi.org/10.48153/jrrs/2021/SZCV3165
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