Radiation awareness in an Italian multispecialist sample assessed with a web-based survey

Marzia Giaccardi, Matteo Anselmino, Maurizio Del Greco, Giuseppe Mascia, Alessandro Paoletti Perini, Paola Mascia, Gaetano Maria De Ferrari, Eugenio Picano

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Abstract

Introduction: The awareness of radiation doses and risks, also during interventional cardiology procedures, is essential today in order to apply the risk-benefit assessment and to reinforce the principles of justification and optimisation in clinical practice. Methods: A voluntary survey with 10 questions and multiple-choice answers was run on a popular cardiology website (www.cardiolink.it) independently by a scientific publisher, in order to evaluate the contemporary level of radiation awareness in a multi-speciality sample of physicians in Italy. Results: One thousand eight hundred and sixty-one physicians completed the test. The survey showed good results since both prescribers and practitioners (mostly cardiologists) working in Italy are largely aware of the cancer and non-cancer risks of medical radiation use, regardless of their subspecialty background. Conclusion: Physicians are largely aware of the cancer and non-cancer risks of medical radiation use, regardless of their subspecialty background. However, there is still broad space for improvement; in the future, the awareness of radiation risk is a prerequisite to create a culture of respect for radiation hazard and a commitment to minimise exposure and maximise protection.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Cardiologica
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • cancer risk
  • cardiac electrophysiologist
  • Radiation dose
  • radiation risk
  • Survey
  • zero fluoroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Giaccardi, M., Anselmino, M., Del Greco, M., Mascia, G., Paoletti Perini, A., Mascia, P., De Ferrari, G. M., & Picano, E. (Accepted/In press). Radiation awareness in an Italian multispecialist sample assessed with a web-based survey. Acta Cardiologica. https://doi.org/10.1080/00015385.2020.1733303