Radiology and X-Ray

Discontinuation of Lead Shielding Starting October 1, 2022
Starting on October 1st, Southern NH Medical Center will stop the routine use of lead shielding for patients receiving radiation-based imaging exams (X-ray, CT scans). This change is based on the best scientific evidence available and supported by multiple national medical organizations, including the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Many healthcare organizations across the globe have already shifted their practice based on this guidance.
Lead shields were introduced in the 1950s to protect the testes or ovaries, or a fetus (baby). However, more than 50 years of research has shown that shielding provides little to no benefit and could actually increase the amount of radiation used for the exam. In addition, modern advancements in imaging technology capture better images while using much less radiation.
We will continue to evaluate our practices and update our technology in order to provide patients with safe care. Should patients have additional questions or concerns, we encourage them to discuss this with our Radiation Safety Officer who can be reached at 603.281.8809 or the Chair of the Radiation Safety Committee who can be reached at 603.281.6895.


We offer X-Ray onsite at multiple convenient locations in and around Nashua. All other services are located at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

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