Knowledge of CT exposure parameters among Norwegian student radiographers
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OriginalversjonKada, S. (2020). Knowledge of CT exposure parameters among Norwegian student radiographers. BMC Medical Education, 20(1). 10.1186/s12909-020-02233-y
Background Improvements in the competency levels of student radiographers in computed tomography examinations (CT) are important due to the increasing number of these examinations being undertaken in imaging departments. The present study assesses the knowledge of student radiographers regarding CT exposure parameters. Methods The level of knowledge related to CT exposure parameters was evaluated using a twenty-one-item questionnaire that was distributed to final-year student radiographers. The questionnaire consisted of questions around CT exposure parameters and either allowed respondents to answer “true,” or “false” or choose a response from a range of responses where only one answer was correct. Correct answers were given one mark, while no mark was given for an incorrect answer. The score out of possible 21 was converted to a percentage, with a higher percentage signifying greater knowledge. Results Seventy-two students completed and returned the questionnaire, resulting in a 71% response rate. The mean score was 53%. Only 33% of students correctly identified that kilovoltage peak (kVp) should be increased when patients have metallic implants, and milliampere seconds (mAs) should be increased as body part thickness increases. No one answered all the questions correctly. There was no significant knowledge difference between students who had CT facilities on campus and those that did not. Conclusion Overall, student radiographers’ knowledge of CT exposure parameters was reported to be satisfactory.
Appendix from Figshare: Kada, S. (2020). Additional file 1 of Knowledge of CT exposure parameters among Norwegian student radiographers. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12955291.v1