Spine Surgeon Dr. Larry T. Khoo Urges Colleagues to Be Wary of OR Radiation
“We lost a very dear colleague to thyroid cancer for OR radiation exposure.
Why wouldn’t we want to reduce our exposure? And, fortunately, we can.” Dr.
Larry T. Khoo
LOS ANGELES -- February 19, 2013
SpineGuard applauds Dr. Larry T. Khoo, The Spine Clinic of Los Angeles, for
his efforts in raising awareness about the dangers of repeated, long-term
exposure of OR radiation to his fellow spine surgeons and their OR staffs and
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Spine surgeons double their lifetime radiation exposure limits in less than 10
years. Radiation exposure in spine surgery is excessive, protection is
underutilized, and the long-term biological effects can be deadly. There is a
growing concern among influential spine surgeons such as Dr. Larry Khoo, who
are calling for the reduction of radiation vulnerability in the OR.
It has been reported that a 95%* of physicians grossly underestimate how much
radiation both they, and their staff, are absorbing; and, that only 14%* of
doctors have undergone training on radiation susceptibility. Nonetheless,
there are simple steps that can be adopted, validated under rigorous clinical
study protocols, to dramatically reduce radiation exposure in the OR.
*“Glow-in-the-Dark Doc: Radiation Exposure”, Orthopedics This Week, volume 5,
issue 29, Sept. 22, 2009
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