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Medical Professional Radiation Dosimeter Usage

Reasons for Noncompliance

McCulloch, Molly M.1; Fischer, Karl W.2; Kearfott, Kimberlee J.1

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000957

The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes of occupationally exposed employees at a large teaching hospital about wearing their assigned personal radiation dosimeters. A 16‐question multiple-answer survey was used to report the reasons why medical professionals may not wear their dosimetry during procedures involving ionizing radiation. In all, 302 employees responded to the survey. The majority of respondents who reported always or almost always wearing their dosimeters do so because they consider themselves well informed concerning the importance of personal dosimetry measurement and appreciate the importance of federal and state regulations. For respondents who reported not always wearing their dosimeters, the most commonly stated reason was the inconvenience of remembering to bring and wear their dosimeters when working in multiple locations, for which a potential solution would be to provide dosimeters to each affected wearer in each location where they work.

1University of Michigan, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Ann Arbor, MI 48109;

2University of Michigan, Environment, Health, and Safety, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

For correspondence contact: Kimberlee J. Kearfott, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2355 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109‐2104, or email at

(Manuscript accepted 25 July 2018)

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