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Is working in a radiology department longterm unsafe?

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Dr. Stephen Saponaro answered

Specializes in Radiology

There are dangers in every workplace. Radiology departments are under a great deal of state and federal scrutiny, so they are typically safe. Try these links to learn more: http://www.Radiology.Ucsf.Edu/patient-care/patient-safety/radiation and http://www.Healthecareers.Com/article/workplace-safety-considerations-for-the-radiologic-technologist/161493.

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Dr. Steven Greenberg answered

Specializes in Radiology

Working in a radiology department long term is safe. As long as appropriate procedures are followed, radiation exposure to providers and patients is extremely low.

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Dr. Joseph Accurso answered

Specializes in Radiology

All employees who have any potential radiation exposure risk are constantly monitored with personal dosimeters (to measure their radiation exposure). Also, the rooms and equipment are all designed to limit radiation exposure to employees. Finally, the amount of radiation used is specific to each examination and patient, to use just enough to create a high quality image.

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Dr. Stephen Hofkin answered

Specializes in Radiology

In a radiology department medical radiation is used and there should be care to make sure that there is no accidental exposure to others in the area. Usually the walls are lined with lead blocking the radiation and unless you are very close to the source (6 feet or closer) simple reasonable distance will protect you. If you work close to the source badges are usually warn to monitor exposure.

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