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Objective: To assess the radiation protection awareness levels of medical radiation technologists working
in three major hospitals of Peshawar metropolitan.
Material and Methods: The authors developed two questionnaires along with curriculum vitae form for
the radiographers and radiation technologists. The questionnaires contained questions pertaining to
radiation protection practices, procedures, dose limits and existing national and international standards
They were asked to complete the questionnaires and the same were collected back on the spot. Forty one
technologists were included in this pilot survey.
Results: The educational qualification of the 41 technologists in all the three specialities ranged from
secondary school certificate to Master of Arts. The experience duration (mean ± SD) of the sample group
professional practice in medical radiation science (MRS) technology was 15 ± 8 years, with duration
ranging from 1-32 years. It was observed that the radiation awareness knowledge levels in the sample
group varied widely with a range of 35-95% and a median score of 75%. It was observed that educational
background and duration of experience in the medical radiation science profession affects the awareness
Conclusion: The survey results revealed that there is a strong need for technologists training programme
in all the three MRS specialities both at regional and national level. Moreover there is also a need for
relevant educational background in science and introduction of personal qualities (PQA) tests for MRS
technologists at the time of selection and recruitments.
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