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Exploring radiographers' perceptions and knowledge about patient lead shielding: a cross-sectional study in Greece and Cyprus

Stogiannos, N. ORCID: 0000-0003-1378-6631, Psimitis, A., Bougias, H. , Georgiadou, E., Leandrou, S., Papavasileiou, P., Polycarpou, I., Malamateniou, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2352-8575 & McEntee, M. F. (2023). Exploring radiographers' perceptions and knowledge about patient lead shielding: a cross-sectional study in Greece and Cyprus. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 199(13), pp. 1401-1409. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncad194


The present study aimed to explore radiographers' knowledge, clinical practice and perceptions regarding the use of patient lead shielding in Greece and Cyprus. Qualitative data were analyzed using conceptual content analysis and through the classification of findings into themes and categories. A total of 216 valid responses were received. Most respondents reported not being aware of the patient shielding recommendations issued by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (67%) or the guidance issued by the British Institute of Radiology (69%). Shielding-related training was generally not provided by radiography departments (74%). Most of them (85%) reported that they need specific guidance on lead shielding practices. Also, 82% of the respondents said that lead shielding should continue to be used outside the pelvic area when imaging pregnant patients. Pediatric patients are the most common patient category to which lead shielding was applied. Significant gaps in relevant training have been identified among radiographers in Greece and Cyprus, highlighting the need for new protocols and provision of adequate training on lead shielding practices. Radiography departments should invest in appropriate shielding equipment and adequately train their staff.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Publisher Keywords: Radiography; Shielding; Lead; Radiation protection; Greece; Cyprus
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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