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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-34

Pediatric radiography entrance doses for some routine procedures in three hospitals within eastern Nigeria

1 Department of Radiography, University of Calabar, Nigeria
2 Department of Physics, University of Calabar, Nigeria

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Department of Radiography, University of Calabar
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-6203.39422

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A survey of the entrance surface doses in the routine radiography of children in eastern Nigeria has been carried out in three hospitals, using thermoluminescence detectors. Chest, abdomen, lumbar spine, skull and pelvis were covered in this study. Findings reveal that doses are higher than the recommended reference values elsewhere, as well as values reported for Sudan. The mean percentage difference in entrance doses for chest radiography for this study and an earlier one carried out for three hospitals in the west of Nigeria is about 44.7%. The high doses are traceable to a lack of standardization in procedure, resulting in use of low tube voltages and high currents for examination, as well as the status of facilities in the area. Recommendations are made for immediate corrective measures to lower the doses.

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