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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: How Are We Protecting Ourselves From Radiation Exposure? A Nationwide Survey
Author: Borges C.F.
Reggio E.
Vicentini F.C.
Reis L.O.
Carnelli G.R.
Fregonesi A.
Abstract: Results: A total of 332 completed questionnaires were analyzed (7.3 %); the median age of the respondents was 43.3 ± 10.8 years. Lead aprons and thyroid protection are utilized in every procedure by 84.4 and 53.89 % of respondents, respectively. Protective eyeglasses are never used by 72.12 % of the respondents. Older urologists were more likely not to use adequate protection. Of the urologists who responded, 76.42 % never use dosimeters.Methods: A 13-question e-mail questionnaire was sent to 4,526 Brazilian urologists; the questions addressed demographic characteristics, radiation exposure, and the utilization of shielding devices and dosimeters. The reasons why these devices were not used were also investigated.Conclusion: This study shows an unsatisfactory utilization of radiation-shielding devices and dosimeters, revealing a low compliance to the as low as reasonably achievable principle among Brazilian urologists.Purpose: We performed a nationwide survey of Brazilian urologists to study behaviors toward radiation exposure and the use of protective and monitoring equipment.
Editor: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s11255-014-0882-z
Date Issue: 2014
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