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Have any of you ever stayed in a room with a patient for xrays? I work in a pedo office and find myself doing this more often than I’d like. I am shielded with a thyroid lead apron but even so, don’t like doing it. My employer runs his practice as though it’s a given that if the child will not sit for xrays on his/her own, then the practioner will “help” them with the process. Any thoughts?



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I have also had to “help” pedo patients with x rays. I always wore my disunity badge and nothing ever showed up.

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I would feel uncomfortable with that as well!

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Occasionally I stay in the room to help smaller children to hold the sensor in place when they cannot bite down all of the way. Its not all that often and I try my best to not be in the room. But sometimes I have to, to get a good picture. If I had to do it all of the time I may be more concerned but its great that you wear a thyroid lead apron. If you are doing this a lot with your patients I would ask your Dr for a xray badge to wear every day.

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I think we all have stayed in the room on occasion for all the necessary reasons. I know that when I was a DA and our current DA’s stay in room more often. Since I have more education as an RDH…. I leave the room and sometimes get irritated if anyone is helping push the button and I’m not fully out of the room yet. I do think that since we use less and less radiation then we aren’t exposing ourselves as badly if at all since radiation doesn’t scatter and bounce off the walls like in the past.

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