Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 116--120

Attitude and awareness about radiation protection among dental surgeons in North Karnataka: A questionnaire study


Rajeshwari Javali1, Raghunath Dantu2 
1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, S.B Patil Dental College and Hospital, Bidar, Karnataka, India
2 Consultant Radiologist, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rajeshwari Javali
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, S.B Patil Dental College and Hospital, Naubad, Bidar - 585 402, Karnataka
India

Aim and Objectives: To assess the attitude and awareness about radiation protection among dental surgeons in North Karnataka. Materials and Methods: The study participants comprised 200 dental practitioners (general and specialist) in North Karnataka. The information was collected from each participant through structured questionnaires regarding attitude and awareness towards radiation protection. Pearson correlation coefficient test was used to assess the validity and reliability of questionnaire, and any P ≤ 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: Among 200 dentists, 98.5% of the dentists considered clinical examination of patients before taking radiograph, almost 51% of the dentists explained to the patient about radiation risks/benefits before the radiographic exposure, but 56.5% of the dentists did not take informed consent of the patient before acquiring radiograph. Nearly 81% of the dentists were aware that collimator was used in X-ray unit/machine. Approximately 70.5% of the dentists stood behind the lead shield when they were not using lead apron. Majority of the dentists did not use lead apron and thyroid collars during radiographic examination, and 60% of the dentists got the radiography equipment periodically checked. Conclusion: The current study shows the utmost need for further implementation of radiation protection principles among dental surgeons in North Karnataka. Majority of them did not practice radiation protection procedures. Emphasis on radiation safety, mandatory continuing professional education, and development of radiographic selection criteria is recommended.


How to cite this article:
Javali R, Dantu R. Attitude and awareness about radiation protection among dental surgeons in North Karnataka: A questionnaire study.J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol 2018;30:116-120


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Javali R, Dantu R. Attitude and awareness about radiation protection among dental surgeons in North Karnataka: A questionnaire study. J Indian Acad Oral Med Radiol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Aug 9 ];30:116-120
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