Knowledge and awareness of CT radiation dose and risk among patients

Haytham Al Ewaidat, Xiaoming Zheng, Yousef Khader, Kelly Spuur, Mostafa Abdelrahman, Mostafa Khaled Mustafa Alhasan, Zeid A. Al-Hourani

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Abstract

The study aims to assess the level of patients’ awareness and knowledge regarding radiation and dosage along with the associated risks from computed tomography (CT) scan. This cross-sectional study used questionnaires, which were distributed to the diagnostic imaging departments of six large local hospitals in Jordan between September 2014 and March 2015. A total of 600 patients completed the questionnaire, out of which, 52.33% of respondents were female and 47.6% male. The findings show insignificant effects of gender on patient’s knowledge (P = .596) and significant effect of employment and profession on positive scores (P = .000). Similarly, no statistical differences were found between gender and correct answers (P = .707). This cohort of patients demonstrated a lack of awareness and knowledge about the use of ionizing radiation for diagnostic imaging. Thus, there may exist a similar lack of information that will require imaging professionals to raise patients’ awareness and offer them the appropriate information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-355
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Volume34
Issue number5
Early online date17 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2018

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    Al Ewaidat, H., Zheng, X., Khader, Y., Spuur, K., Abdelrahman, M., Khaled Mustafa Alhasan, M., & A. Al-Hourani, Z. (2018). Knowledge and awareness of CT radiation dose and risk among patients. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 34(5), 347-355. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479318776214