Training of doctors using fluoroscopy

Realising the increasing use of fluoroscopy by doctors (non-radiologists and non-cardiologists), the IAEA, in discharge of its responsibility of providing for application of radiation safety standards, started a training course for this group of doctors (gastroenterologist, urologists, orthopaedic surgeons, gynaecologists, neuro-surgeons). Traditionally this group of specialists lack training in radiation protection as evidenced by survey conducted among doctors participating in these courses [Table 1]. The first training course was conducted by the IAEA in September 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand for doctors from Asian countries. Subsequent training courses have been conducted as per list below [Table 2].

Participants in training course held at Sofia, Bulgaria 16-17 May 2008.

Practical exercise in training course held at Montevideo, Uruguay 7-9 April 2008.

TABLE 1 - Survey Report

Question regarding Radiation Protection (RP) Auckland, New Zealand 2006 Dubai, UAE 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria 2008 Montevideo, Uruguay 2008
Is this 1st time you are attending a structured program on RP.
Answer: Yes
100 % 100% 100% 95%
Any conference you attended where there was lecture on RP.
Answer: No
100% 87% 100% 100%
Do you measure radiation dose to patient.
Answer: No
100% 95% 89% 95%
Do you use badge to monitor your personal exposure.
Answer: Yes
20% 9% 78% 47%
Was this course relevant to you
(highly relevant)
100 %
100 %
100 %

TABLE 2 - Countries that have participated

Year Place Participation of Doctor(s) from countries
2006 Auckland, New Zealand Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam
2007 Dubai, UAE Bangladesh, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Yemen, UAE
2008 Sofia, Bulgaria Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria
Montevideo, Uruguay Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

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