Recommendations to use gonadal shielding have been present for several decades and are found in guidance documents around the world. In 2019, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) published a Position Statement recommending discontinuation of the use of gonadal shielding.
To date, this statement has been endorsed by leading medical imaging and radiation safety organizations from across the globe.
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM)
Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)
Description of activity and work performed
(1) Gonadal shielding is a deeply entrenched practice. Most patients have an expectation that shielding will be used. Most technologists continue to train in shielding techniques at schools today.
(2) State regulatory bodies enforce regulations mandating the use of gonadal shielding
Overcoming the challenges listed above is daunting unless a team is equipped with some of the knowledge and resources below. These information has been developed, or is currently under development, by CARES.
The procedure to discontinue gonadal shielding will vary based...
Conclusion and recommendations
Discontinuing routine gonadal shielding has been successfully implemented in several pediatric and adult hospitals within the US. This effort has been recognized by major media entities ( Fig. 7 ). Education, support, and compassionate communication with staff, administrators, and patients is essential when altering this traditional practice.
S. McKenney; Stanford, CA/US - nothing to disclose R. Marsh; Aurora, CO/US - nothing to disclose D. P. Frush; Durham, NC/US - nothing to disclose K. J. Strauss; Cincinnati, OH, OH/US - nothing to disclose B. Schueler; Rochester/US - nothing to disclose D. Gress; Reston/US - nothing to disclose C. McCollough; Rochester, MN/US - nothing to disclose
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