Perception of radiation awareness among medical doctors in India

Sukumar, Suresh and Rajagopal, KV and Sabu, KM (2013) Perception of radiation awareness among medical doctors in India. International Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, 3 (3). pp. 371-376. ISSN 2230-7605

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Radiologic imaging is valuable as a diagnostic tool in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, but ionizing radiation used in the radiology examination also carries well-known potential risks. This qualitative study conducted in 2013 sought to understand the radiation awareness among the medical practitioners in India (n - 6) using purposeful sampling. A total of 6 In-depth interviews with Medical and Dental practitioners selected for the in-depth interviews. The interviews were conducted in south India, Karnataka, in a large multi-specialty, private, tertiary level hospital wherein people from all over India come to access care. It is well known for the good quality patient care and at relatively low cost. The in-depth interview was audio-taped and coded according to four major themes that emerged during the interview. This study highlighted the poor awareness among the medical doctors in India about the Justification of practices, Radiation and its hazards to pregnant woman and Pediatric patient during the radiology examination. Implementation of radiation protection courses could be an effective method to reduce the patient's dose in medical exposures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diagnostic tool; therapeutic procedures; radiation protection courses.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Health Information Management
Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Medical Imaging Tech
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2013 07:22
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2013 07:22

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