Lead gown on chest radiograph

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking

Presentation

Chest pain and cough. 10 weeks pregnant.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

The lungs and pleural spaces are clear. Cardiomediastinal contours are normal.

Abdominal lead gown noted.

Case Discussion

Lead gowns are typically used for abdominal shielding during CXRs of pregnant women but their use is decreasing as studies are showing less benefit in radiation reduction as initially thought. The use of a lead gown for CXR has the potential to increase patient dose due to the AEC trying to penetrate through the shield.

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Case information

rID: 73067
Published: 27th Dec 2019
Last edited: 27th Dec 2019
System: Obstetrics, Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included