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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is working in a radiology department longterm unsafe?

4 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
No: 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.
Dr. Steven Greenberg
Radiology 33 years experience
No: 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.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Absolutely not!: 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.
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Should be Safe: 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.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Not safe. All your life you will carry higher risk for cancer, Leukemia,genetic mutation.........
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Monitoring exposure does not reduce risk........The fact is that it is dangerous........remember Hirozima/ Nagasaki .........they are still suffering
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology 42 years experience
It is as safe as working anywhere. Radiations workers are way more likely to be hurt accidents than radiation. The IAEC has determined exposure limits to reduce potential added risk of radiation injury to project radiation workers.
Oct 8, 2015

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