Dose reference level for barium enemas at state hospitals in the Western Cape South Africa

Caroline Nabasenja, Florence Davidson, Tobie Kotze, Penelope Engel-Hills

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Abstract

Radiation doses for barium enema (BaE) examinations were measured using dose area product meters at three hospitals in theWestern Cape in South Africa. Thirty adult patients, aged from 18 to 85 years, weighing 50-90 kilograms (kg), were included inthe study. The mean age and weight of the patients were 58.3 years and 68.8 kg respectively. The mean DAP was 28.7 Gycm2 andthe third quartile DAP value was 36.5 Gycm2. The mass of the patients, fluoroscopy time, and the use of digital or conventionalfluoroscopy equipment, were the factors considered for dose variation between the three hospitals. The recommended dose reference level (DRL) for BaE at state hospitals in this region of South Africa is 36.5 Gycm2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalSouth African Radiographer
Volume52
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

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