Assessment of Physicians’ Awareness of Radiation Exposure and Patient Radiation Protection in Mogadishu, Somalia
Keywords:Awareness of radiation, radiation protection, radiation exposure, patient safety, Somalia
Objectives: Diagnostic investigations using radiation have become a critical feature of medical practice in recent times, and the possibility of doctors’ underestimation of over-exposure risks to patients from diagnostic radiation is a matter of concern. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate medical doctors’ awareness of radiation exposure in selected diagnostic radiology centers in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Methods: Online questionnaires were distributed to 200 medical doctors working in 3 state and seven private hospitals in Mogadishu. In addition, the level of radiation awareness and its relationship with other variables was analyzed.
Results: There were 200 participants. Sixty-two % had no formal training on radiation exposure. Eighty-six % of the respondents had no idea regarding the radiation dose of commonly performed diagnostic studies.
Conclusions: Therefore, basic principles of diagnostic imaging, including radiation exposure associated with frequently performed imaging studies, radiation-related risks, and cautions that should be taken during these studies, should be taught during medical training and residency training.
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