May 24th was a 12 hour chat on the perception of medical radiation dose by the public (and non-medical radiation professionals). Our May paper is Singh et al. A snapshot of patients’ awareness of radiation dose and risks associated with medical imaging examinations at an Australian radiology clinic. Radiography, 2017. 23(2) 94-102
Ukkola et al. Patient information regarding medical radiation exposure is inadequate: Patients’ experience in a university hospital. Radiography in press.
Coppolino et al. Quantifying Worry in the Face of Uncertainty: Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging. JMIRS in press.
Start time: 3am Vancouver, 6am Toronto, 10am GMT, 8pm Sydney, 10pm Wellington
Last hour (moderated chat): 2pm Vancouver, 5pm Toronto, 9pm GMT, 7am Sydney, 9am Wellington
- This study concluded that most patients wanted to be informed about the risks from radiation exposure, under the guidance of the referring doctor, in a shared decision making environment. Do referrers, specifically GPs, have the (a) time or (b) the knowledge to provided this?
- What role should Medical Radiation Professionals have in providing information about the risk from radiation exposure for these procedures?
- Are Medical Radiation Professionals equipped with the information / tools necessary to provide this information?
Extended discussion points:
- Is the theory (LNT) behind the risk from radiation exposure contemporary? Are low radiation dose examinations safer than we have traditionally thought?
- Are some of the gaps in knowledge of patients in this area partially attributed to our profession’s poor visibility in the healthcare landscape?
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