The University of Iowa Department of Radiology offers excellence in patient care, education and research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and expert providers, our department provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients both within the State of Iowa and surrounding areas.
Where’s the lead shield
UI Health Care experts are not putting lead shields on patients for imaging exams. This is due to:
- Updates in technology.
- Findings from over 70 years of research studies.
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements has found that lead shields are no longer needed. For patient safety, they should not be used.
- Our clinics now have better imaging devices. They reduce radiation exposure by over 95%.
- Researchers have found that reproductive organs are not affected by imaging systems.
- Shields may hide parts of the body that need to be seen. This can stop accurate diagnosis.
Many hospitals no longer shield patients for imaging exams. Doing x-rays and other radiology exams without a lead shield is safe. It is not a risk to a patient’s reproductive health. It will also allow for better diagnosis.
Why Choose Us?
Delivering exceptional and compassionate care to our patients is central to our core mission. Our team of trained specialists are nationally recognized leaders in radiology, and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of only a few hospitals in the region that offers a full complement of unique imaging services to patients both within and outside the State of Iowa.