The importance of public health in radiology and radiation protection

  • Zuzana Bárdyová
    Faculty of Health and Social Care, Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia.
  • Martina Horváthová
    Faculty of Health and Social Care, Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia.
  • Katarína Pinčáková
    Faculty of Health and Social Care, Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia.
  • Darina Budošová
    Faculty of Health and Social Care, Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia.


The ionizing radiation belongs to the basic physical factors that can be measured. We forget often about its risks and the possible damage to our health. The imaging methods which use the ionizing radiation increase the diagnostics quality and they have become a certainty for many medical workers. Therefore, they are being used without rational thinking many times. With this is related to increasing the cumulative dose of patients. Next problem can be radiation safety knowledge of medical workers. The enormous increase in the use of sources ionizing radiation in medicine and rapid development, there may be a disproportionate acquisition of radiation safety knowledge of healthcare workers. At the same time, constant attention must be paid to the biological effects of radiation and realize epidemiology studies. In all the areas mentioned the public health has space. However, it is sad that presently, the radiation safety is not considered important enough in Public Health.  Based on many sources, it is safe to say that this is a major problem, because the public health itself can play an important role in radiation safety. It is important to point out, that safety and effectivity of using the source of ionizing radiation is one of the main components of Good Medical Practice.


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