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Radiologists’ Knowledge and Attitudes towards CT Radiation Dose and Exposure in Saudi Arabia—A Survey Study

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Department of Radiological Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha 61421, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Medical Physics and Instrumentation, National Cancer Institute, University of Gezira, Wad Medani 20, Sudan
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Radiation Safety Institute, Sudan Atomic Energy Commission, Khartoum 1111, Sudan
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Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516, Egypt
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Department of Radiology, Khamis Mushayt General Hospital, Khamis Mushayt 62457, Saudi Arabia
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Diagnostic Radiology Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Jazan University, Jazan 45142, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha 61421, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Radiology, Asir Central Hospital, Abha 62523, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Radiological Science, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam 31441, Saudi Arabia
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College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha 61421, Saudi Arabia
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Arar Central Hospital, Arar 73241, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Applied medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha 61421, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Radiological Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Najran University, Najran 1988, Saudi Arabia
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Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan
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Department of Medical Imaging Sciences, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut 11-0236, Lebanon
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Med. Sci. 2020, 8(3), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci8030027
Received: 11 April 2020 / Revised: 29 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 July 2020 / Published: 20 July 2020
Computed tomography (CT) is a key imaging technique in diagnostic radiology, providing highly sensitive and specific information. While its use has increased dramatically in recent years, the quantity and associated risks of radiation from CT scans present major challenges, particularly in paediatrics. The fundamental principles of radiation protection require that radiation quantities be as low as reasonably achievable and CT use must be justified, particularly for paediatric patients. CT radiation knowledge is a key factor in optimising and minimising radiation risk. The objective of this study was to analyse knowledge level, expertise, and competency regarding CT radiation dose and its hazards in paediatrics among radiologists in Saudi Arabian hospitals. A self-reported, multiple-choice questionnaire assessed the attitudes and opinions of radiologists involved in imaging studies using ionising radiation. Among the total respondents, 65% ± 13.5% had a good comprehension of the dangers of carcinogenicity to the patient resulting from CT scans, with 80% presuming that cancer risks were elevated. However, only 48.5%, 56.5%, and 65% of the respondents were aware of specific radiation risks in head, chest, and abdominal paediatric examinations, respectively. Regular, frequent, and specific training courses are suggested to improve the fundamental knowledge of CT radiation among radiologists and other physicians. View Full-Text
Keywords: computed tomography; radiologist; ALARA principle; paediatric; CT radiation risk computed tomography; radiologist; ALARA principle; paediatric; CT radiation risk
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Almohiy, H.M.; Hussein, K.; Alqahtani, M.; Elshiekh, E.; Loaz, O.; Alasmari, A.; Saad, M.; Adam, M.; Mukhtar, E.; Alelyani, M.; Alshahrani, M.; Abuhadi, N.; Alshumrani, G.; Almazzah, A.; Alsleem, H.; Almohiy, N.; Alrwaili, A.; Alam, M.M.; Asiri, A.; Khalil, M.; Rawashdeh, M.; Saade, C. Radiologists’ Knowledge and Attitudes towards CT Radiation Dose and Exposure in Saudi Arabia—A Survey Study. Med. Sci. 2020, 8, 27. https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci8030027

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Almohiy HM, Hussein K, Alqahtani M, Elshiekh E, Loaz O, Alasmari A, Saad M, Adam M, Mukhtar E, Alelyani M, Alshahrani M, Abuhadi N, Alshumrani G, Almazzah A, Alsleem H, Almohiy N, Alrwaili A, Alam MM, Asiri A, Khalil M, Rawashdeh M, Saade C. Radiologists’ Knowledge and Attitudes towards CT Radiation Dose and Exposure in Saudi Arabia—A Survey Study. Medical Sciences. 2020; 8(3):27. https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci8030027

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Almohiy, Hussain M., Khalid Hussein, Mohammed Alqahtani, Elhussaien Elshiekh, Omer Loaz, Azah Alasmari, Mohamed Saad, Mohamed Adam, Emad Mukhtar, Magbool Alelyani, Madshush Alshahrani, Nouf Abuhadi, Ghazi Alshumrani, Alaa Almazzah, Haney Alsleem, Nadiayah Almohiy, Amgad Alrwaili, Mohammad M. Alam, Abdullah Asiri, Mohammed Khalil, Mohammad Rawashdeh, and Charbel Saade. 2020. "Radiologists’ Knowledge and Attitudes towards CT Radiation Dose and Exposure in Saudi Arabia—A Survey Study" Medical Sciences 8, no. 3: 27. https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci8030027

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