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Availability of thyroid protective lead shields and their use by trainee orthopaedic surgeons
  1. N Maruthainar1,
  2. G Bentley1,
  3. A Williams2,
  4. J C Danin3
  1. 1Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK
  2. 2Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr A Williams, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH, UK;

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The sensitivity of the thyroid to radiation is well documented, and a preliminary study1 suggested an increased incidence of thyroid cancer in Australian orthopaedic surgeons. We have conducted a survey to assess the availability and use of thyroid shields by orthopaedic surgical trainees in the UK.

As most x ray radiation exposure to the surgeon occurs during surgery for trauma, 50 hospitals with acute orthopaedic services were studied. The survey was conducted by telephone and post. The orthopaedic registrar on-call was asked if a thyroid protective lead shield was available to them when …

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