This presentation reviews various aspects of a radiation safety culture and how veterinary practices can manage these to better protect the health of staff, patients, and the public. Medical imaging using ionizing radiation has grown tremendously in the last 50 years and has become a go-to diagnostic tool, revolutionizing medical practice across the globe in both human and veterinary patient care. Despite this fact, many workers in the human and veterinary health care fields have little or no training in radiation safety and protection.

Discussion Topics:

  • Understanding radiation safety culture is a combination of knowledge, beliefs, and practices related to radiation safety.
  • Review ways to reduce radiation exposure.
  • Identify three basic methods of limiting radiation exposure.
  • Understand how a radiation safety culture provides more effective diagnosis and treatment in a collaborative workplace.