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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93-99

A cross-sectional study based on the assessment of the radiation dose for medical radiation workers


1 Radiological Sciences Program, College of Applied Medical Sciences; King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre; King Abdul-Aziz Medical City-Ministry of National Guard Health Affiars, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre; King Abdul-Aziz Medical City-Ministry of National Guard Health Affiars; Department of Preventive Science, College of Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre; King Abdul-Aziz Medical City-Ministry of National Guard Health Affiars; Occupational Therapy Program, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ali Aldhebaib
Radiological Sciences Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/KKUJHS.KKUJHS_25_21

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Background: A monitoring for radiological technologists and radiation workers must be implemented to ensure the radiation safety. Aims: The aim of our study was to measure the occupational radiation dose for medical workers from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Nuclear Medicine, Dental Services, Endoscopy, and Surgery at King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Materials & Methods: This study was conducted at KAMC, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Across-sectional study and a suitably and structured questionnaire was adapted from the previous similar studies and monitored radiation doses designed in line with the study's objectives were collected among the different medical workers. A total of 223 medical radiation workers were involved in this study, and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. Results: It is noted that the diagnostic radiology department recorded the highest value of effective dose followed by cardiac catheterization laboratory and nuclear medicine and so on. The measured amount of effective dose for diagnostic radiology, cardiac catheterization laboratory, nuclear medicine, dental services, endoscopy, and surgery at KAMC was found to be 14.35, 5.23, 4.56, 3.88, 3.52, and 1.87 mSv, respectively. Conclusions: This study provide an evidence that the occupational radiation dose for all the monitored departments at KAMC are well below the international recommended dose limit (20 mSv).


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