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Revista chilena de radiología

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CARVAJAL B, M. Carolina et al. Public perception of radiation-related risks of imaging studies. Rev. chil. radiol. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.2, pp.80-84. ISSN 0717-9308.

Introduction: In recent years, diagnostic procedures using ionizing radiation have achieved a great boom, although patients are often unaware of the risks they involve. Objectives: To know how is ionizing radiation perceived by the population attending Clínica Dávila, Department of Radiology (DRCD).Methods: A voluntary and anonymous survey was conducted on patients and / or companions. Results: A total of 330 adults were surveyed. An 57% had completed higher education, whereas 7.9% had only finished elementary schooling; 78.8% had undergone three or more imaging tests. CT examination was considered to pose the highest levels of risk (42.4%), followed by Ultrasonography (30.6%). Discussion: The survey group was made up of young adults, mostly college graduates, and predominantly female. Surprinsingly enough, considering that obstetric sonography is commonly used during pregnancy, US was ranked second in terms of associated health risks. There is an evident interest in the subject, since 90% of responders would like to receive further information.

Palabras clave : Adverse effects; Imaging; Patient medical education; Patient radiation dose; Public perception, Radiation risk.

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