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A study on plain radiography rooms in Sri Lanka with emphasis on radiation protection

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W Nilantha ,

Department of Radiology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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AS Pallewatte,

Department of Radiology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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JCN Rajendra

Department of Physics, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Abstract

Aim: To ensure radiation safety, the design of X-ray Rooms require consideration of various aspects including size of the room, shielding requirements, wall thickness, distance from focal spot to operator, the warning light, lead lined doors etc.

Methods: Data was collected from sixty three X-ray rooms in twenty seven hospitals.

Results: Results show 89% of X-Rooms are larger than recommended size of 20 m2. 64 % had sufficient wall thickness. Only 12.5% had warning lights but 95.3% had lead lined doors. TLD and protective aprons were available in majority of hospitals.

Conclusion: Therefore, some of the plain X-ray rooms surveyed need design improvements to comply with recommended guidelines. A larger detailed study is needed to assess overall impact from these findings on general population.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljr.v1i0.3

Sri Lanka Journal of Radiology Vol.1 2015: 13-18

How to Cite: Nilantha, W., Pallewatte, A. & Rajendra, J., (2015). A study on plain radiography rooms in Sri Lanka with emphasis on radiation protection. Sri Lanka Journal of Radiology. 1, pp.13–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljr.v1i0.3
Published on 25 Mar 2015.
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