Investigation on the Radiation Safety Management in Computed Tomography Radiological Technologists
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This study aimed at investigating the attitudes, knowledge and behaviors of radiological technologists on radiation, and how they are preparing plans to reduce unnecessary radiation doses on practitioners, patients and their caretakers.
This study was conducted with 231 radiological technologists working in a CT examination room. For this, we contacted radiological technologists working at hospitals for at least 1 month from March to April of 2016. The following findings were obtained. Data collected through the survey was analyzed using SPSS ver. 23.0.
Knowledge level of radiation safety management by general characteristics showed statistically significant differences according to clinical experience (p < 0.05), hospital size (p < 0.05), and educational level (p < 0.05). Attitude level of radiation safety management by general characteristics showed statistically significant differences according to age (p < 0.01), marital status (p < 0.01), and hospital size (p < 0.001). Behavior level of radiation safety management by general characteristics showed statistically significant differences according to clinical experience (p < 0.001) and hospital size (p < 0.05). In the relation between knowledge, attitude, and behavior on radiation safety management, higher level of radiation safety management knowledge correlated to higher levels of attitude and behavior. In addition, higher levels radiation safety management attitudes correlated to higher levels of radiation safety management behavior.
The correct radiation safety management through practitioner training was necessary to reduce radiation doses on computed tomography radiological technologists and patients.
Radiation safety management, Knowledge, Attitudes, Behavior, Radiological Technologists, CT, IJST.