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Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia

Kholoud J. Sandougah, Afnan F. Alhallafi, Salman F. Alkhodairy, Mossab M. Aldosary, Mohammed M. A Qahtani.

Abstract
Background and Aims:
Nuclear medicine is considered one of the main medical specialties exposing practitioners to high radiation doses. Therefore, the assessment of knowledge about protection measures is imperative to ensure the safety. The aim of the study is to assess knowledge among medical students about nuclear radiation at Riyadh universities, Saudi Arabia.

Methods:
We conducted cross-sectional as an online survey which assesses knowledge about nuclear radiation safety and radiation protection awareness. We distributed it to medical students in Riyadh’s governmental universities.

Results:
A total of 584 responses were collected. The participants represented four universities in Riyadh, and 64.9% of them were in clinical years. The study found that 16.1% had adequate knowledge and awareness toward nuclear radiation. Moreover, 44.7% had moderate knowledge while 39.2% had inadequate knowledge. Limitations include the lack of knowledge about personal monitoring devices (81.5%), how to use them (70.7%) and dose limits (51.5%). Furthermore, 74.1% of interns showed adequate awareness, when compared to clinical and preclinical students, who had figures of 16.3% and 8.1% respectively. 70.8% preferred obtaining information from medical websites, while 44.7% opted E-learning. Moreover, it emerged that King Saud University students had the highest level of awareness while Imam Mohammed bin Saud University students showed the lowest.

Conclusions:
The study revealed that the level of awareness among medical students about nuclear radiation protection is low. This stems from the lack of knowledge about personal monitoring devices with regards to safety and how best to use them.

Key words: students, awareness, radiation, nuclear, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh


 
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Sandougah KJ, Alhallafi AF, Alkhodairy SF, Aldosary MM, Qahtani MMA. Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2023; 11(1): 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007


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Sandougah KJ, Alhallafi AF, Alkhodairy SF, Aldosary MM, Qahtani MMA. Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. https://www.mjhs-mu.org/?mno=97892 [Access: May 31, 2023]. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007


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Sandougah KJ, Alhallafi AF, Alkhodairy SF, Aldosary MM, Qahtani MMA. Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2023; 11(1): 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007



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Sandougah KJ, Alhallafi AF, Alkhodairy SF, Aldosary MM, Qahtani MMA. Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci. (2023), [cited May 31, 2023]; 11(1): 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007



Harvard Style

Sandougah, K. J., Alhallafi, . A. F., Alkhodairy, . S. F., Aldosary, . M. M. & Qahtani, . M. M. A. (2023) Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci, 11 (1), 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007



Turabian Style

Sandougah, Kholoud J., Afnan F. Alhallafi, Salman F. Alkhodairy, Mossab M. Aldosary, and Mohammed M. A Qahtani. 2023. Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences, 11 (1), 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007



Chicago Style

Sandougah, Kholoud J., Afnan F. Alhallafi, Salman F. Alkhodairy, Mossab M. Aldosary, and Mohammed M. A Qahtani. "Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia." Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences 11 (2023), 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Sandougah, Kholoud J., Afnan F. Alhallafi, Salman F. Alkhodairy, Mossab M. Aldosary, and Mohammed M. A Qahtani. "Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia." Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences 11.1 (2023), 68-81. Print. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Sandougah, K. J., Alhallafi, . A. F., Alkhodairy, . S. F., Aldosary, . M. M. & Qahtani, . M. M. A. (2023) Assessment of Knowledge about Nuclear Radiation, and Awareness of Radiation Protection among Medical Students in Riyadh Universities, Saudi Arabia. Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences, 11 (1), 68-81. doi:10.5455/mjhs.2023.01.007





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