[Patients' knowledge of the effects of X-rays]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2000 Nov 20;120(28):3427-8.
[Article in Norwegian]


Background: Exposure to radiation from different non-medical sources in the community is given more attention in the media. The effects of radiologic examination, however, seldom receive the same amount of interest.

Material and methods: 295 patients were interviewed immediately after an X-ray examination at Haukeland Hospital to investigate what they knew about the effects of X-rays on the human body. In addition we wanted to find out whether referring doctors had informed their patients about possible unwanted effects of the radiological examination.

Results: The patients were more aware of possible effects of radiation from high-voltage cables than of the effects from X-raying. Only three patients had been informed by their referring doctors that X-ray examination could have unwanted effects.

Interpretation: Information to patients about diagnostic radiation should be improved.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knowledge*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Radiation Effects*
  • Radiation Injuries*
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires