Evaluation of the radiation protection effectiveness of a lead-free homopolymer in cone beam computed tomography

Sarıbal G. Ş., CANGER E. M., YARAY K.

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, vol.136, no.1, pp.91-101, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Objective: The objective was to compare the radiation protection effectiveness of a lead-free thermoplastic homopolymer (Anti-RAD) to conventional lead shielding in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) exposures. Study Design: Thermoluminescent dosimeters were placed on a human bone- and soft tissue-equivalent phantom to record equivalent doses in the thyroid gland, thyroid skin, and breast areas. CBCT images were obtained with the following 3 protocols: (1) without radiation shielding; (2) with 0.5-mm lead equivalent lead-containing shielding; and (3) with 0.5-mm lead equivalent Anti-RAD shielding. Independent t tests were used to evaluate the results. Results: Compared with exposures without shielding, both lead and Anti-RAD protective devices reduced thyroid gland equivalent doses by approximately 40%, thyroid skin doses by approximately 75%, right breast skin doses by approximately 80%, and left breast skin doses by 75%. The differences in equivalent dose for both types of shielding compared with exposure with no shielding were statistically significant (P ≤ .042). However, there were no significant differences in dose reduction at any site between lead and Anti-RAD shielding (P ≥ .135). Conclusions: Radiation protection equivalent to lead can be provided with the Anti-RAD shield. With the use of this material, disadvantages such as damage to the aprons, lead toxicity, weight of lead aprons, and microbial contamination can be reduced.