A Survey on the Radiation Protection Status among Radiology Staff

Masoumi, Hamed and Hasanzadeh, Hadi and Jadidi, Majid and Mirmohammadkhani, Majid and Bitarafan-Rajabi, Ahmad and Abedelahi, Ali and Emadi, Alireza and Bokharaeian, Mitra and Shabani, Fatemeh and Moshfegh, Shima and Seifi, Danial and Khani, Tahereh and Pursamimi, Mohamad and Ehtiati, Athar and Vali, Mohammad Hosein and Ziari, Abbas and Vali, Sanaz (2018) A Survey on the Radiation Protection Status among Radiology Staff. Iranian Journal of Medical Physics, 15 (3). pp. 176-182.

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Abstract

Introduction: Radiation exposure during radiological examination is a health concern, of which radiology professionals should be cognizant. We sought to evaluate the radiation protection knowledge, attitudes, and practice (KAP) amongst radiology staff of hospitals across 10 provinces of Iran. Materials and Methods: For evaluating the level of radiation protection KAP, 553 radiology staff were enrolled. A 32-item questionnaire was designed to assess radiation protection KAP, the validity which was confirmed by members of the Medical Physics and Biostatistics departments. The questionnaire evaluated the respondents' knowledge, practice, and attitudes towards the basic principles of radiation protection, the necessity of using protective equipment, and their performance in the implementation of radiation protection recommendations. Results: We found no significant difference in the level of radiation protection KAP between male and female radiology staff and among those with different educational levels and ages (P>0.05). However, there was a significant association between radiation protection KAP and working experience, hospital size, and hospital type (P<0.05). Further, no significant difference was observed in the radiation protection KAP level among radiology staff of different regions (P>0.05). Conclusion: Our results showed that the level of radiation protection KAP among radiology staff is inadequate. This might be due to the lack of ongoing training courses concerning protection against ionizing radiation. Thus, sustained training of radiation protection principles can promote KAP among the staff of radiology departments, and in turn, reduce public dose from medical diagnostic modalities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WN Radiology . Diagnostic Imaging
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Medical Physics
Depositing User: ijmp ijmp
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 08:30
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 08:30
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/9868

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