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An Investigation of the Level of Public Awareness of the Adverse Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Health in Trinidad & Tobago
The ability to diagnosis diseases has improved exponentially since x-rays was discovered on November 8th 1895 by German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen. Countless lives have been saved during that 115 year time period because of that discovery. Radiographic technology has come a long way since its origins in Mr. Röntgen’s lab. Radiographic technology is not just limited to imaging bone anymore but can image blood vessels and organs with the use of contrast media and a CT scanner can take images that cuts the patient’s body into slices. Even the smallest of tumors and cancerous bodies can not hide from the path of this amazing beam. Exams using x-rays have diagnosed many diseases thereby assisting in the preservation of many lives but this ‘saviour of lives’ has a dark and dangerous side and, if the proper precautions are not taken, can be the cause of the very diseases that it helps to diagnose. Despite the risks that exposing a patient to ionizing radiation my have, the benefits of examinations that utilizes ionizing radiation, in most cases, greatly out way them. Sometimes however the risks are taken for granted by doctors and radiographers and the patient is put in harm’s way. If patients were adequately aware of these risks they would be better equipped to protect themselves and give informed consent… but is the average patient aware? Is enough being done to inform patients and thereby uphold a patient’s right to give informed consent? This study seeks to ascertain the level of awareness of the public of Trinidad and Tobago when it comes to the adverse effects of ionizing radiation on health, thereby highlighting the need for medical staff to inform patients of these effects before radiological examinations.
Implications associated with the implementation of a Computed Radiography System in the Radiology Department of a local Hospital.
With the advent of computers, man has been highly dependent on them; hence it is only fitting for hospitals like any other institutions to adopt the sense of modernisation and be part of the digital world. Computers have proven to make work easier as well as improve overall standards of the product of service being offered. The study was patented to look at the impact to which the introduction of a Digital system has had on the efficiency of the Radiology Department at a Hospital. The researcher explored the trends associated with Conventional Radiography as to that of Digital. This paper illustrates the impact of implementing this system into the department. The research was conducted within the department amongst the staff, patients and student population at the site. Questionnaires, surveys and interviews were conducted to sort the information from the sample population. Research was also done by reviewing historical literature at various libraries. Conducting checks and balances are important; therefore it was necessary to conduct a research such as this one. The information will not only help the department, but also the entire hospital system, for this can be a resolution to other departments to introduce the computerized system.
Jyoti Priya Deonarine2011TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO