At Sutter, we’ve stopped using lead shields for radiation-based imaging exams. Your imaging technologist will perform your X-ray or CT exam without placing a lead shield over your gonads (sex organs) or fetus (if you’re pregnant).
In the past, lead shields were used to protect the testes or ovaries, or a fetus (baby). However, more than 50 years of research has shown that shielding doesn’t help and could actually increase the amount of radiation used for the exam. Modern advancements in imaging technology also capture better images using much less radiation.
We’ve made this change based on the best scientific evidence available and because it’s supported by multiple national medical organizations. Sutter is committed to continually evaluating our practices in order to provide you with the safest care possible.