Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: February | Volume: 3 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 37-41
Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Radiology among Medical Students at Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences
S. Vinod1, Prashant V Solanke2
1Assistant Professor of Radiology, 2Professor of Community Medicine,
Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences, Kulasekharam, District Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India.
Corresponding Author: Prashant V Solanke
ackground: Radiologists use a variety of imaging techniques such as X-ray radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine including positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose and/or treat diseases. Medical imaging is the technique and process of creating visual representations of the interior of a body for clinical analysis and medical intervention, as well as visual representation of the function of some organs or tissues (physiology).
Objective: To study knowledge, attitude & practice about radiology among students of Sree Mookambika Institute of medical sciences.
Methodology: It is a cross sectional study at Sree Mookambika Institute of Medical Sciences, Kulasekharam, Kanyakumari done during June & July 2015. Sample Size is 124.Sampling Technique was convenient sampling. Those who are in medical college more than 6 months were included. Data were entered in Excel spreadsheet, Chi square is used and analysed using SPSS trial version 16.0.
Result: The mean age was 21.48±2.88 years. 71 students had correct knowledge of radiology, while 49 students had incorrect knowledge of radiology. The knowledge of the imaging modalities in radiology showed that only 19 students listed 6 imaging modalities, with majority 52 listing 4 imaging modalities. Of the students liked radiology as a specialty in medicine (103) and 16 students did not. Males are seen to have more interest in radiology as a subject 79 than females that had 36 students. Overall, 70 of males have interest in radiology compared to those that don’t have interest in radiology 9. The result is statistically significant with a p<0.005. 56 % of the females are interested in radiology compared to 13% that are not interested in radiology. Majority of the students had done radiology posting (121) and only three students did not do the posting.
Conclusions: This study has clearly shown that awareness of ionizing radiation from diagnostic imaging is lacking among medical students. The knowledge and exposure to IR in medical school is limited.
Keyword: Ionizing radiation, medical students, knowledge, and attitude.