Awareness of Non-Radiological Background Saudi Physicians Regarding Risk of CT-Scan’s Radiation on Children

Hussain, Almohiy (2016) Awareness of Non-Radiological Background Saudi Physicians Regarding Risk of CT-Scan’s Radiation on Children. Medical Journal of Cairo University, 84 (2). pp. 227-232. ISSN 0045- 3803

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Background: Children are radiosensitive compared to the adult patient. Despite this, the level of concern about and well-informed interest concerning exposure to ionizing radiation on children is not known among physicians. Aim of Study: To assess knowledge and practice among referring physicians on risks associated with radiation exposure during pediatric computed tomography imaging was assessed. Methods: The study questionnaire was distributed to 105 Saudi physicians who were randomly selected from Aseer Central Hospital, Aseer Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Radiologists were excluded. Results: Less than half of physicians (48.6%) were aware that their hospital’s policy indicates to openly discuss with the pediatric patient’s parents about the possible risk on children due to exposure to CT radiation, 34.3% were familiar with the principle of the “as low as reasonably achievable” and 11.4% discuss radiation doses with parents of sick children. Physicians’ awareness regarding differential risk of exposure to radiation according to child’s body parts differed significantly according to their specialty ( p<0.01). Most physicians depend on self-directed learning to build up their education and training related to CT scans. Conclusions: Physicians’ awareness about hazards of radiation exposure from CT scans among children are both inadequate and insufficient, which would mandate necessary immediate proper training measures.

Item Type|تصنيف النتاج العلمي: Article| منشور علمي
Subjects | مجال موضوع النشر: Rehabilitation science
Divisions | الكلية: College of Applied Medical Sciences > Radiological Sciences
Depositing User: Hussain Almohiy
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 05:05
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 05:05
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/3046

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