Potential Radiation-Related Effects on Radiologists

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Mar;208(3):595-602. doi: 10.2214/AJR.16.17212. Epub 2016 Dec 22.


Objective: The risk of injury associated with long-term occupational exposure to ionizing radiation is low for radiologists. The purpose of this article is to systematically review and inform radiologists about radiation-related effects to which they are potentially susceptible.

Conclusion: Formal education and training on radiation safety and management, careful attention to good radiation protection habits, and continued emphasis on radiation management and the as low as reasonably achievable principle are recommended for all radiologists.

Keywords: occupational injury; radiation; radiologist; work-related injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / etiology*
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health / education
  • Occupational Injuries
  • Radiation Exposure / adverse effects
  • Radiation Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Radiologists*
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety Management / methods
  • Safety Management / organization & administration