Volume 3, 2017
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Pelvis & Acetabulum|
|Published online||07 April 2017|
Orthopedic surgeons’ knowledge regarding risk of radiation exposition: a survey analysis
Bezmi-Alem University, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Medipol University, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Istanbul University, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Bakırköy Sadi Konuk Education and Training Hospital, Radiology Department, Istanbul, Turkey
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 14 January 2017
Introduction: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the knowledge levels of orthopedic surgeons working in Turkey about the uses and possible risks of fluoroscopy and assess methods for preventing radiation damage.
Methods: A questionnaire with a total of 12 questions was sent to 1121 orthopedic surgeons working in Turkey. The questionnaire evaluated participants’ knowledge about the uses and risks of fluoroscopy and methods for preventing damage. One thousand and twenty-four orthopedic surgeons were found to be suitable for inclusion in the study. The effects of fluoroscopy on patients were not assessed in our study.
Results: The data obtained were statistically evaluated. Of the surveyed surgeons, 313 (30%) had used fluoroscopy in over 50% of their operations. The average number of fluoroscopy shots per case was 54.5. A lead apron was the most commonly used (88%) protection from the harmful effects of radiation. Fluoroscopy shots were performed with the help of operating room personnel (86%). A dosimeter was used 5% of the time.
Conclusion: According to the survey results, the need for fluoroscopy was very high in orthopedic surgery. However, orthopedic surgeons have inadequate knowledge about the uses and risks of fluoroscopy and methods for preventing damage. Therefore, we believe that training on this topic should be provided to all orthopedic surgeons.
Key words: Orthopedics / Fluoroscopy / Scatter radiation / Radiation hazards / Radiation protection
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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