Complete written/oral information about dose exposure in CT: is it really useful to guarantee the patients’ awareness about radiation risks?

Complete written/oral information about dose exposure in CT: is it really useful to guarantee the... Aims and objectives According to the European directive 2013/59/Euratom, starting from February 2018, the information relating to patient exposure will be part of computed tomography (CT) reports, but the impact of this information on patients has not been deeply evaluated. Aim of our study was to evaluate patients’ perception of radiation exposure related to routine CT and their understanding after communication of their dose exposure. Materials and methods A survey, investigating patient’s knowledge of radiation dose, was given to all adult patients (> 18 years) undergoing a CT examination both before and after CT scan. The first survey was the same for all patients. After CT scan, a second questionnaire was administered (after receiving the CT dose bill report and medical written and/or explanation about ionizing radiation risk). Results of the pre- and post-CT questionnaires responses were compared accord- ing to demographics characteristics and among the four post-CT groups. Results For some questions, statistically significant differences were found between the two centres. Seventy per cent of the patients answered that the presence of CT parameters in the report is considered useful. Even if not always statistically significant there was a slight increase in awareness of ionizing radiation risk comparing the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png La radiologia medica Springer Journals

Complete written/oral information about dose exposure in CT: is it really useful to guarantee the patients’ awareness about radiation risks?

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Italian Society of Medical Radiology
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Imaging / Radiology; Diagnostic Radiology; Interventional Radiology; Neuroradiology; Ultrasound
ISSN
0033-8362
eISSN
1826-6983
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11547-018-0909-0
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Abstract

Aims and objectives According to the European directive 2013/59/Euratom, starting from February 2018, the information relating to patient exposure will be part of computed tomography (CT) reports, but the impact of this information on patients has not been deeply evaluated. Aim of our study was to evaluate patients’ perception of radiation exposure related to routine CT and their understanding after communication of their dose exposure. Materials and methods A survey, investigating patient’s knowledge of radiation dose, was given to all adult patients (> 18 years) undergoing a CT examination both before and after CT scan. The first survey was the same for all patients. After CT scan, a second questionnaire was administered (after receiving the CT dose bill report and medical written and/or explanation about ionizing radiation risk). Results of the pre- and post-CT questionnaires responses were compared accord- ing to demographics characteristics and among the four post-CT groups. Results For some questions, statistically significant differences were found between the two centres. Seventy per cent of the patients answered that the presence of CT parameters in the report is considered useful. Even if not always statistically significant there was a slight increase in awareness of ionizing radiation risk comparing the

Journal

La radiologia medicaSpringer Journals

Published: May 31, 2018

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