Bushra Maqsood, Hafiz Ahsan Masood, Naveed Anjum

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Radiation Risks and Protections Associated with Imaging Modalities

Bushra Maqsood, Hafiz Ahsan Masood, Naveed Anjum



Aim: To explore the awareness of healthcare professionals about risk factors of radiation exposure. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Lahore general hospital for the period of May 2018 through June 2019. Systematic Non probability consecutive sampling technique was used in this study. Medical students, house officers, and postgraduate trainees were included in the study. 712 participants were included in the study. A pre-designed pre-tested questionnaire was used for data collection. Results: Response rate of this study was 89.6%. So our research was directed to 638 participants, among them, there were 221(34.6%) house officers, 167(26.2%) postgraduate students (PG), and 145(22.7%) medical students of final year and 105(16.3%) medical students of 4th year. 381 (59.7%) participants were female and 257(40.3%) were males. Mean age was 24±8 years. Participants were asked to self-assess their awareness on risk of radiation exposure. In this study, 139(83%) out of 167 house officers self-assessed and have very good knowledge. Among postgraduate students, 173(78.2%) out of 221 have the best knowledge about radiation risk awareness. Conclusion: It is concluded that the knowledge about the risk of radiation in medical students of 4th and 5th year is limited than the post graduates and house officers. Keywords: Radiation, X-ray, Imaging technique

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