Spine Surgeon Dr. Larry T. Khoo Urges Colleagues to Be Wary of OR Radiation Exposure

  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

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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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