Journal Article

Population dose from medical diagnostic exposure in Taiwan

C. J. Tung, C. H. Yang, C. Y. Yeh and T. R. Chen

in Radiation Protection Dosimetry

Volume 146, issue 1-3, pages 248-251
Published in print July 2011 | ISSN: 0144-8420
Published online April 2011 | e-ISSN: 1742-3406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncr162
Population dose from medical diagnostic exposure in Taiwan

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Medical exposure showed a continuous increasing trend. This trend was due to the growth of diagnostic procedures such as computed tomography (CT) and interventional fluoroscopy (IVF). In the present work, results of a recent study on medical exposure in Taiwan are reported. This study analysed data from the National Health Insurance Research Database. Surveyed data on the dose indices, including the entrance surface dose in radiography, dose area product in fluoroscopy, CT dose index in CT and mean glandular dose in mammography, were applied. Using programmes and databases, dose indices were converted to the effective dose. For the year 2008, individual effective doses in Taiwan were estimated as 0.16, 0.37, 0.12 and 0.12 mSv for conventional radiography and fluoroscopy, CT, IVF and nuclear medicine, respectively. The total collective effective dose and the effective dose per individual for medical exposure were 17 788 person-Sv and 0.77 mSv, respectively.

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Subjects: Nuclear Chemistry, Photochemistry, and Radiation

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