In the 1950s, we thought medical imaging radiation to the gonads and fetus could cause harm to unborn children. Since then, large studies have found no such harm from medical imaging. In addition, medical imaging radiation doses have reduced 95% over 70 years!
Experts around the world want us to stop gonadal and fetal shielding during medical imaging. After careful review of the evidence, Interior Health decided to adopt this change in practice. Going forward, we will no longer be routinely using shielding on patients.
We understand that some patients may be uncomfortable with this change. You will not be denied a shield if you ask for it. This change in practice might seem sudden. Scientific knowledge is always changing. This change is overdue. We understand it will take time for people to become used to this change. We are committed to providing the best possible care, with the best possible information.