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World J Radiol. Feb 28, 2016; 8(2): 142-147
Published online Feb 28, 2016. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v8.i2.142
Importance of establishing radiation protection culture in Radiology Department
Agapi Ploussi, Efstathios P Efstathopoulos
Agapi Ploussi, Efstathios P Efstathopoulos, 2nd Department of Radiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 12462 Athens, Greece
Author contributions: All authors equally contributed to the design of the manuscript and the literature review.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None declared.
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Correspondence to: Efstathios P Efstathopoulos, PhD, 2nd Department of Radiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1 Rimini St, 12462 Athens, Greece. stathise@med.uoa.gr
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Received: August 28, 2015
Peer-review started: August 31, 2015
First decision: September 8, 2015
Revised: October 16, 2015
Accepted: December 16, 2015
Article in press: December 18, 2015
Published online: February 28, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Radiation protection culture (RPC) is a combination of knowledge, beliefs and practices related to radiation safety. The establishment of a RPC in a Radiology Department demands substantial knowledge of radiation risks, safety rules and active participation of all stakeholders. Professionals have the key role in the creation of a RPC. A strong RPC provides more effective diagnosis and treatment, improves patient and staff safety and reduces radiation exposure. The objective of our study is to highlight the role of RPC in a Radiology Department with an emphasis on promoting RPC in the Interventional Radiology environment.