Bon Secours Physicians Recognized by the Endourological Society and the Journal of Endourology

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center announced, today, that their team of urologists and fellows, lead by Dr. Michael Fabrizio, Dr. Shaun Wason and fellows, Dr. Ashley Brandon and Dr. Arjun Poddar, have been awarded by the Endourological Society & the Journal of Endourology first place in their annual essay contest.

The paper entitled, “Novel use of an image enhancement device to reduce fluoroscopic radiation exposure during ureteroscopic lithotripsy: randomized prospective clinical evaluation of Lessray®,” was presented at the 33rd World Congress Meeting in London, United Kingdom.

This publication and award recognize the ongoing efforts of Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center and the urology team to provide innovative technology to both patients and staff. The Lessray system is a groundbreaking technology that facilitates the use of low radiation imaging in surgical cases. As results found in the aforementioned publication, the surgeon’s were able to reduce patient radiation exposure levels threefoldin urologic procedures while also reducing fluoroscopy time and surgeon radiation exposure.

Over the last few years there has been great concern on a national level to minimize radiation exposure in the operating room. Studies show that being exposed to just three minutes of radiation increases a person’s lifetime risk of cancer by over one precent.1 It has been reported that the most prevalently occurring cancers due to radiation exposure are manifesting as leukemia, thyroid, breast, and lung cancer.2Additionally, an average surgeon beginning his or her career at age 30 will have exceeded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission radiation dose lifetime limit in less than 10 years.3

Despite the 17 million fluoroscopic procedures in the United States annually, radiation reduction techniques are limited due to concerns for image quality. With each drop in radiation dose emitted by an X-ray machine comes a proportional drop in image quality. While lower dose images would be preferred, the poor quality they yield can limit their safety and effectiveness. Lessray’s proprietary software platform allows lower dose X-rays to be enhanced to make them appear more like conventional radiation images. The result is greater usability of low radiation images.

References:

(1) National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: BEIR VII Phase 2. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2006

(2) Ionizing Radiation and Cancer Risk: Evidence from Epidemiology from radiation research

(3) Radiation Exposure During Pedical Screw Placement in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Is Fluoroscopy Safe? Maahir IU Haque, BA, Harry L. Sufflebarger, MD, Michael O’Brien, MD, and Angel Macagno, MD