Use of social media to achieve interaction with the public on medical radiation protection

The IAEA’s Division of Public Information organized an interactive session with the public through social media to encourage people to address their medical radiation protection questions to experts. Questions received over a stipulated period of about a week were pooled. Two experts answered selected questions that pertained to medical radiation protection.

According to the IAEA’s Division of Public Information, the event “Ask an Expert in Radiation Protection” had unprecedented popularity. 140 people connected to and tweeted this event, commenting or asking questions. The overall discussion was very scientific. The information on radiation protection of patients posted during the event week received an average of 35,000 impressions per post and over 50 likes.

More than 15,000 impressions (number of people who saw these posts) for each video have been observed during the three weeks following the posting of the videos.

The feedback on the videos and the important scientific information contained therein was very positive, congratulatory and appreciative.

Please see links below for answers to questions:

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Professor Marilyn Goske, Cincinnati Children Hospital, Cincinnati, USA

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Dr Madan M Rehani, Radiation Safety Specialist, International Atomic Energy Agency

List of selected questions received during “Ask the expert” campaign through facebook

Marilyn Goske

  1. Are there any benefits of radiation for the human body?
  2. Is it true that exposure to high energy radiaton alters the probability of getting cancer?
  3. Does risk from low dose radiation really exist?
  4. Is ultrasound in any way risky?
  5. What amount of radiation or how many scans are actually safe for people?

Madan Rehani

  1. What are the methods to calculate fetus doses from CT, Nuclear medicine, radiotherapy , etc.?
  2. Are we still exposed to X rays in the control booth of an X ray room?
  3. Is there a recommended cap on the number of X rays and CTs per year?
  4. Is it possible to formulate our own diagnostic reference levels? If yes, How?
  5. What level of radiation will have an effect on human body and what precautions may be taken?
  6. Can moving away from radiation cause you to feel better right away?
  7. On what basis are annual limits fixed for both public and radiation personnel?
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