Dr Oz: Thyroid Shields & Mammograms
Dr Oz followed-up his discussion on Thyroid Guards with a discussion of the harm of using a Thyroid Guard during Mammograms. Clearly if there are no negatives of using Thyroid Guards, then all of us should use them – better to be safe than sorry, right? But some of the doctors who disagree with Dr Oz said that Thyroid Shields actually can ruin Mammogram images, which means that the patient has to repeat it and will be exposed to twice the amount of radiation.
Dr Oz: Do Thyroid Guards Compromise Mammography?
Doctor Oz asked his panel of opposing doctors what price do we pay for using Thyroid Guards during mammography? Dr Phil Evans said that during a Mammogram the radiation does not hit the Thyroid directly, but by wearing a Thyroid Shield you can compromise the Mammogram. He showed a couple of Mammogram Images to show how the shield can cause part of the breast tissue to be cutoff. When this happens, they said they have to re-do the Mammogram, which means taking two images instead of one so you get more radiation overall.