Reconsidering the Value of Gonadal Shielding During Abdominal/Pelvic Radiography

Authors:  Keith J. Strauss, MSc, Eric L. Gingold, PhD, and Donald P. Frush, MD

Shielding the gonads, especially when imaging children with ionizing radiation, has been widely accepted as good radiologic practice since it was introduced approximately 60 years ago [1, 2], when some of the first estimates of radiation dose to the reproductive organs were presented [3, 4]. Less than 10 years ago, some began questioning the value of this “best” practice [5. In this column we address a few basic questions about the efficacy of gonadal contact shielding.

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