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A comparison of radiation exposure with the conventional versus mini C arm in orthopedic extremity surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18275738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The mini C arm is a mobile fluoroscopic device for use on extremities. It has been reported that this type of device has several advantages over a conventional C arm, the most important of which is a decreased level of radiation scatter to the surgeon.
METHODS: This was a case control study. The radiation dose to the surgeon was calculated from the radiation exposure time and distance from the x-ray emitter. Cases using the mini C arm were compared with operation-matched controls that had the identical procedure performed with a conventional C arm.
RESULTS: The mini C arm caused statistically less radiation scatter to the surgeon, but there was no statistically significant difference in the radiation exposure to the patient. This was despite a significantly larger number of exposures with the mini C arm for each operation type.
CONCLUSIONS: The mini C arm should be used in preference to the conventional C arm for extremity surgery, if both are available.
Amer Shoaib; Ulfin Rethnam; Ravi Bansal; Anirban De; Nilesh Makwana
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot & ankle international     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1071-1007     ISO Abbreviation:  Foot Ankle Int     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-15     Completed Date:  2008-04-17     Revised Date:  2014-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433869     Medline TA:  Foot Ankle Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Fluoroscopy / instrumentation*
Occupational Exposure*
Radiation Dosage*
Retrospective Studies
Scattering, Radiation

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