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Awareness of dental graduates about radiation protection: A cross sectional study

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Reddy Lavanya, Neeharika Satya Jyothi Allam, Mamatha Boring, Shefali Waghray, Dara Balaji Gandhi Babu and Raj Kumar Badam
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Abstract: 

Background: Radiography in dentistry has got paramount importance in diagnosing oral diseases and conditions. However, this useful diagnostic aid carries dangerous risk of radiation exposure hazards. Though the radiation dosage of dental radiographs is relatively low, the cumulative effect caused by repeated exposures is of concern. Hence certain measures and protocols for radiation protection are to be followed. Objective: The present study intends to know and analyze the knowledge and attitude of emerging dental practitioners i.e. the interns regarding radiation protection. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional, structured questionnaire containing 16 questions regarding awareness of radiation protection was distributed among interns who attended a pre-dated, state-level Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Program, near Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The results were further statistically analyzed using SPSS software. Results: A total of 211 interns have participated in the study and were asked to fill the questionnaire. The results have shown that the participants’ knowledge regarding radiation protection was relatively poor. Conclusion: Though the knowledge and way of practice of the respondents was relatively poor, they showed a positive attitude towards the need for radiation protection and safety. They were willing to practice dental radiography with safety precautions. The results of study also show the need of continuing dental education programs regarding radiation protection and safety.

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