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Using Nomad portable X-ray system for a year, dental assistant diagnosed with leukemia. What to do?

My dental office in San Diego has been using the portable Nomad xray machines for a year .You stand in the room while taking the xray and now one of our wonderful assistants has been diagnosed with Leukemia. I am very concerned with all the staff being exposed to gamma radiation while standing in the room. We have young women thinking of having a family that are being exposed. My boss says it is completely safe. I cannot find any information showing negative exposure. I think they have not been out long enough to show the adverse affects of the Nomad xray machine. I am worried about all of our staff especially since we are moving into a new office next week which only have the portable machines. Do you have any thought on how we can fight this?



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First and foremost, my thoughts go out to the dental assistant. Cancer sucks!
 
I have not found any research either showing negative outcomes due to Nomad usage on the operator. In fact, I have found just the opposite; research has thus far shown that due to the Nomad’s backscatter shield, it blocks backscatter even more than traditional X-ray systems. The Nomad is FDA approved based on the research done. With only a year of use, the assistant’s diagnosis of leukemia sounds like correlation not causation – of course I’m not an oncologist though. On the same note, what did her oncologist say was the cause? Does she have a family history or other factors? My point is that it’s really hard to pinpoint the diagnosis to only a year of Nomad use.
 
As far as fighting the practice owner on the use of a Nomad system, you’d need to show direct causation of the assistant’s diagnosis. This might be situation where an attorney should be consulted. If the boss believes using a Nomad is completely safe and chooses to use it in his office, it is his practice and he has that right. Unfortunately, if you don’t agree with his practices, it may be time to move on from his office. Please don’t think I’m not sympathetic to the situation or think your concern is not valid; but it is the doctor’s business and it’s his money and choice as to what equipment is used.
 
Again, my thoughts go out to the assistant. I wish her the best in her fight against her diagnosis!
 
Here are some links explaining the backscatter shield:
 
http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-31/issue-4/features/run-and-hide-no-more.html
 
http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=ser&sub=def&pag=dis&ItemID=301168

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I would also suggest everyone in the back office wearing a dosimeter badge to get a definitive reading on how much radiation exposure they are receiving.

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