According to a study published online in Radiology
, patients want to know more about the potential risks of radiation used in medical imaging.
A series of focus groups conducted for the study found patients have only a general awareness of the safety concerns associated with ionizing radiation exposure. Participants said they are eager to learn more from their doctors about the specifics of these risks, which modalities use radiation and why imaging procedures are ordered.
“Patients want this information, and they prefer to receive it from doctors they know and trust,” senior author Jennifer Hay, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said in a press release
The findings are based on more than nine hours of conversations with 30 patients who had undergone medical imaging procedures. Five focus groups featured cancer patients and a sixth focus group featured participants from a lung cancer screening program.
Participants generally saw clear benefits from imaging and most said having conversations about the risks would likely not impact their decision to proceed with the procedure.