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A Survey Analysis of Knowledge Levels of Urologists About Radiation Safety and Fluoroscopy Use
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  • emre altıntaş,
  • Tuncer Bahçeci,
  • Ali Furkan Batur,
  • Mehmet Kaynar,
  • Özcan Kılıç,
  • Murat Akand,
  • Serdar Göktaş,
  • Murat Gül
emre altıntaş
Akcakale State Hospital
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Tuncer Bahçeci
Sanliurfa Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi
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Ali Furkan Batur
Selcuk University
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Mehmet Kaynar
Selcuk Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
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Özcan Kılıç
Selcuk Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
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Murat Akand
Selcuk Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
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Serdar Göktaş
Selcuk Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
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Murat Gül
Selcuk Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the awareness of the use of fluoroscopy in endourological procedures, as well as the theoretical and practical applications of preventive measures. Material and Method: Between May 2018 - April 2019, a 26-question survey prepared using Google Docs was sent to urologists via e-mail. Personal information, radiation training and behaviors related to radiation and fluoroscopy usage, and the use of protective equipment were queried. Results: A total of 226 participants fully completed and returned the email survey. Of the 226 participants 78 (34,5%) were academics, 44 (19,4%) were residents while 104 (46.1%) were experts. More than 60% of the participants stated that they participated in the operation requiring less than five fluoroscopy-use per week. The majority of operations requiring fluoroscopy consisted of endourological procedures. The lead apron was used by 93% of the participants, but the use of protective glasses and gloves was very low (3.5%). The majority of academicians, experts and residents did not use dosimeters (76.9%, 82,7 and 81,8%, respectively). More than 50% of the participants did not have literature information about the harmful effects of radiation due to the use of fluoroscopy. The most common complaints on the day of fluoroscopy were fatigue and headache. Conclusion: The lack of information regarding the radiation protection measures and harmful effects of radiation are common among urologists in Turkey. Therefore, systematic training programs on fluoroscopy use and radiation exposure should be provided during urology residency. Keywords: Urologist, fluoroscopy, radiation, radiation protection

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

20 Aug 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
20 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
20 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
24 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned