Volume 58, Number 1, January - March 2023
|Page(s)||31 - 36|
|Published online||24 February 2023|
Evaluation of the knowledge and observance of radiation protection for pregnant radiology technologists and pregnant patients in radiology and CT scan departments of Arak
Department of Medical Physics and Radiotherapy, School of Paramedicine, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
* Corresponding author: Farzanegan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 24 October 2022
Considering the harmful effects of radiation on the fetus and the important role of radiology technologists in protecting pregnant patients and applying special considerations to pregnant technologists working in imaging departments with ionizing radiations. This study was conducted to investigate the level of knowledge and observance related to the fetal radiation protection in the Hospitals affiliated to the Arak University of Medical Sciences. This study was conducted using a questionnaire designed by researchers based on the related resources. The sample size included 71 radiology technologists. The results of this study showed that radiology technologists’ awareness of the principles of radiation protection for pregnant mothers and fetuses and compliance with these principles are 53% and 79.31%, respectively. There was a significant relationship between radiation workers’ education and compliance with radiation protection for pregnant patients. Moreover, there was a significant relationship between demographic characteristics and radiation protection for pregnant radiology technologists. In general, the level of awareness and observance of the principles of radiation protection for patients and radiology Technologists working in the imaging departments of Arak was average. Accordingly, holding training courses, evaluation tests and using the latest scientific information can be effective in improving the knowledge for more radiation protection.
Key words: radiation / protection / pregnancy
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