CHALLENGES IN SETTING UP QUALITY CONTROL IN DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY FACILITIES IN NIGE

Inyang S O, Egbe N O, Ekpo E

Available online Jul 19, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 24, Issue 4, 2015, Pages 344-347


Abstract

BACKGROUND
The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) was established to regulate and control the use of radioactive
and radiation emitting sources in Nigeria. Quality control (QC) on diagnostic radiology equipment form part of the
fundamental requirements for the authorization of diagnostic radiology facilities in the Country.
METHOD
Some quality control tests (output, exposure linearity and reproducibility) were measured on the x-ray machines in
the facilities that took part in the study. Questionnaire was developed to evaluate the frequencies at which QC tests
were conducted in the facilities and the challenges in setting up QC.
RESULTS
Results show great variation in the values of the QC parameters measured. Inadequate cooperation by facilities
management, lack of QC equipment and insufficient staff form the major challenges in setting up QC in the facilities
under study.The responses on the frequencies at which QC tests should be conducted did not correspond to the
recommended standards; indicating that personnel were not familiar with QC implementation and may require
further training on QC.


Keywords

Quality control, challenges, exposure reproducibility, regulation, diagnostic radiology,

October -December 2015

Volume 24 | Issue 4

Page Nos. 344-347

Online since Jul 12, 2018

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