Gonadal protection methods in neonatal chest radiography

Radiol Technol. 1997 Nov-Dec;69(2):157-61.


The ideal method of gonadal shielding in the neonatal unit provides the greatest radiation protection while minimizing the potential for cross-infection. This study evaluated two common methods of gonadal shielding used during neonatal chest radiography--direct shielding and shadow shielding. For direct shielding, lead was placed over the gonadal region of a phantom. For shadow shielding, lead was placed on top of the crib. Results showed that direct shielding provided a greater reduction in gonadal dose than shadow shielding.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / standards
  • Lead
  • Male
  • Phantoms, Imaging
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiation Protection / methods*
  • Radiography, Thoracic / adverse effects
  • Technology, Radiologic / standards*
  • Testis / radiation effects*


  • Lead