As a x-ray tech I'm sick of these memes. A procedure is completely harmless to the patient. When we do 100s a day, hours of live video x-ray (fluoroscopy) and several surgeries a day for years, that could be harmful to us. We have limits of the amount of radiation we can get in a year, 50msv. Patients even with frequent exposure never even come close to that
@WeAreVenom, Also why are the memes referring to a doctor hiding behind the shield? Unless it was an interventional radiologist or a very critical patient I have yet to see any physician consistently attending while procedures are being performed.
@fettman1138, our radiologists will perform some fluoroscopy procedures and CT biopsies but never standard procedures.
@WeAreVenom, I’m thrilled to hear this side of the story
@wtninja, a standard chest x-ray which is the most common procedure done is a dose of only 0.1msv. We can receive 50msv a year. Does that give a little perspective?
@WeAreVenom, that gives great perspective. I’ve always suspected it was something like this, but hearing it explained in numbers makes a lot of sense and I understand it better now.
@wtninja, most occupational dose comes from something called Compton scatter. Most x-rays are absorbed by the body, a small amount hit the plate that makes the x ray. Others are scattered in crazy directions out of the body. Most body tissue isn't radio sensitive. Younger people are more susceptible especially in reproductive organs.
@WeAreVenom, and this is why I came into the comments for this post. Thank you for enlightening me!
@WeAreVenom, I always forward these to my techs and laugh and laugh cause it portrays the doctor taking standard x-rays .
@WeAreVenom, as someone who understands memes, stop being offended because you’re being made fun of. We know why doctors stand behind it.
@fettman1138, because it’s a meme, not a medical journal
@fettman1138, nice one snowflake. Downvoting all my content because I call y’all out? Lol
@BeauTheServiceDog, Cool story bro!
@WeAreVenom, what’s that? Can’t hear you from behind the wall... also this lead vest is uncomfortable
@WeAreVenom, I'm glad someone said this bc I'm also sick of these
@WeAreVenom, I'm not even in the medical field and knew this. People are dumb.
@WeAreVenom, I work at a nuclear reactor and I get about 3 Rem whole body dose per year. My hands get around 30-35 Rem.
@Velocitaptor, not great, but not terrible
@Dudeliness, Like an xray to the chest
It’s safe because they put a lead weight on your genitals. They don’t have that luxury.
This literally applies to so many professions. Please kill this meme. So terrible. Miner: mining is safe. Also miner: blows up large pieces of ground but doesn’t stand right next to the explosion.
Had this conversation with my dentist while getting x-rays last week. Went something like this:
"I never understood x-rays. If it's pointed at my head, why do I need the lead vest?"
"We pretty much only use it to protect your thyroid."
"Soo... You worry about the hormone factory, but not the brain that runs it that literally has the machine pointed at it?"
"Exactly! Now you got it! Now, bite down on this while I go shoot another x-ray at your face!"
@TheHippoAbides, true, the more complex the cell the less radio sensitive it is. Nerve cells are the least sensitive in the body, a d the skull absorbs a lot.
@WeAreVenom, Interesting. TIL! Total honesty: I kinda forgot that the skull was a thing that existed for a little bit there.