Medical Exposure of Korean by Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Examinations

진단방사선 및 핵의학 검사에 의한 한국인의 의료상 피폭

  • Kwon, Jeong-Wan (Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Hanyang University) ;
  • Jeong, Je-Ho (Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Hanyang University) ;
  • Jang, Ki-Won (Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Hanyang University) ;
  • Lee, Jai-Ki (Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, Hanyang University)
  • 권정완 (한양대학교 원자력공학과) ;
  • 정제호 (한양대학교 원자력공학과) ;
  • 장기원 (한양대학교 원자력공학과) ;
  • 이재기 (한양대학교 원자력공학과)
  • Published : 2005.12.30


Although medical exposure from diagnostic radiology procedures such as conventional x-rays, CT and PET scans is necessary for healthcare purposes, understanding its characteristics and size of the resulting radiation dose to patients is much of worth because medical radiation constitutes the largest artificial source of exposure and the medical exposure is in a trend of fast increasing particularly in the developed society. Annual collective doses and per-caput effective doses from different radiology procedures in Korea were estimated by combining the effective dose estimates per single medical procedure and the health insurance statistics in 2002. Values of the effective dose per single procedure were compiled from different sources including NRPB reports, ICRP 80, MIRDOSE3.1 code and independent computations of the authors. The annual collective dose reaches 27440 man-Sv (diagnostic radiology: 22880 man-Sv, nuclear medicine: 4560 man-Sv) which is reduced to the annual per-caput effective dose of 0.58 mSv by dividing by the national population of 47.7 millions. The collective dose is far larger than that of occupational exposures, in the country operated 16 nuclear power plants in 2002, which is no more than 70 man-Sv in the same year. It is particularly noted that the collective dose due to CT scans amounts 9960 man-Sv. These results implies that the national policy for radiation protection should pay much more attention to optimization of patient doses in medicine.


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