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Radiation Protection Strategies in Medical Diagnostic Centers in Lagos State, Nigeria

Adeniji, A. R. and Ezema, I. C. and Aderonmu, P. A and Adesipo, Adeyinka (2019) Radiation Protection Strategies in Medical Diagnostic Centers in Lagos State, Nigeria. In: 1st International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructural Development, 2019, Online.

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In recent years, Medical imaging has recorded a canonized level of advancement in the medical chronicles of achievement feats. This has made the diagnosis of ailments easy in reducing the death rate of patients. Imaging machines have different functions and some of them use radiation that is dangerous to the human body. Although radiation is important and it is needed for the patients in need of treatment but not needed by the machine operators, staff and visitors of the building where the imaging machines are been housed. The aim is to investigate different design and construction strategies employed to reduce transfer of radiation in various diagnostic imaging centres in Lagos State Nigeria; in order to reduce health risk associated during radiation emission in medical facilities. Qualitative method of research was adopted and data were collected via review of pertinent literature and field work of three diagnostic centres in the study area. The data were analysed using content analysis and presented with sketch and pictures. The finding reveals that lead lining was the most common material used to shield the different diagnostic rooms in the study area. This shielding was not only done for walls but also embedded in the doors. In addition, Lead glass was also used to protect the machine operators from radiation. Finally, this study recommended that other less harmful materials need to be explored for radiation shielding other than the use of Lead. For competency in Educational, professional, curricular practices and even hygienic exigencies; further research may advance investigations to find out other protective materials and strategies that are relevant to medical exploits as well as Architects design specification knowledge for the design of medical facilities

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diagnostic-Centers, Medical-Imaging, Protection, Radiation, shielding
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 13:11
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 13:11

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