Radiation safety awareness is not just for patients, but for the physicians and clinical teams treating patients as well. Radiation exposure has a cumulative effect over the course of a physician’s career. In cardiac catheterization labs, interventional radiology suites and electrophysiology, radiation exposure is a significant but often overlooked risk for medical staff.

To address this issue, a new online resource LowerMyDose.com has just been launched by Unfors RaySafe, a Fluke Biomedical Company.  The website includes many informational links, resources, case studies, and news reports on the topic of dose reduction in medicine to health care professionals. The aim is to give physicians and staff an opportunity to have a conversation about what’s really happening and enable staff safety & protection to be as high priority and equally accepted as patient safety and protection.

From the last 35 years, the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada has been working raise awareness about radiation safety through its various programs and services.  Recently we have launched our free eLearning courses on occupational radiation safety.  The Institute also offers certificate courses for Radiation Safety Officers and X Ray Safety Officers.

We encourage medical professionals to take advantage of these resources.  With the right information, physicians will be better equipped to champion awareness and affect the change that is needed in the industry to protect future generations of physicians and technicians.