Occupational dose and radiation protection practice in UAE: A retrospective cross-sectional cohort study (2002-2016)

Wiam Elshami, Mohamed Abuzaid, Albert D. Piersson, Ola Mira, Mohamed AbdelHamid, Xiaoming Zheng, MG. Kawooya

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Abstract

A two-phased retrospective cross-sectional study analysed the occupational dose and radiation protection practice among medicalworkers in two hospitals in the UAE. Phase 1 evaluated radiation protection practice using a questionnaire, whereas phase2 assessed the occupational dose. Readings of 952 thermo luminescence dosimeters were analyzed. The result showed 52% of medical workers have a good level of radiation protection practice. Readings of 952 thermo luminescence dosimeters were analyzed. Average annual effective dose per worker ranged from 0.39 to 0.83 mSv. Cardiologists and nurses displayed a higher average of occupational radiation dose compared to other workers. There were no significant correlations between radiation protection practice and hospital, occupation or department. Finally, the occupational dose was within the international and national limits, but the reduction of radiation dose to cardiologist and nurses is essential. Moreover, training is essential to promote radiation safe practice among medical workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Oct 2019

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