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The Level of Compliance With the Use of Personal Radiation Monitoring Devices by Qualified Radiographers at Provincial Hospitals in the Tshwane District Area

Sethole, Khethiwe Margaret1; Ahrens, Erika2; Kruger, Ursula3

doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000001064
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When researchers accompanied radiography students during their work integrated learning, it was observed that there is non-compliance with regards the use of personal radiation monitoring devices by radiographers in the Radiology Departments at Provincial hospitals in the Tshwane district area. The aim of this research study was to identify the level of compliance with the use of radiation monitoring devices by radiographers. A quantitative descriptive study method was used, and the data collection tool was questionnaires that were hand delivered to all settings. The sample size of radiographers was 96, and consent was received from 61 participants. The data was collated in a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet, and the variables were statistically analyzed for frequencies and percentages. The Fisher’s exact test was used for association to answer the level of compliance and management of the radiation monitoring device. Results showed compliance of radiographers in the wearing of radiation monitoring devices but inconsistency as to where the radiation monitoring device should be worn. A lack of awareness about policies from the Radiation Board was also noted.

1Department of Radiography, HW Snyman North 4-37, University of Pretoria, South Africa

2Department of Radiography, HW Snyman North 4-40, University of Pretoria, South Africa

3Department of Radiography, HW Snyman, North 4-29, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Khethiwe Margaret Sethole received a Bachelor of Radiography (BRad) (Medical University of South Africa); National Higher Diploma in Nuclear Medicine (Technikon Natal), BRad.Hons (University of Pretoria); Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Pretoria), and she is currently doing MRad (Diagnostic) Research. She is interested in image interpretation and radiation protection. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Radiography at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her email is margaret.sethole@up.ac.za.

Online date: April 30, 2019

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