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1 Department of Physics, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria

2 Department of Physics and Science Laboratory Technology, First Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

3 Department of Physics, Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State, Nigeria

Abstract

Radiation encompasses a spectrum of electromagnetic and particle radiation, posing potential health risks when exposure surpasses recommended limits. This study assesses the health impact of low ionizing radiation on professional radiation workers in selected South Eastern Nigerian hospitals, comparing doses among medical and non-medical personnel with International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) standards. Among medical workers, Centre (A) records the highest effective dose (0.9160±0.2248 mSv), followed by center (B) (0.7726±0.1374 mSv), and center (C) with the lowest (0.7204±0.1561 mSv). Non-medical workers exhibit a similar trend, with center (A) having the highest dose (0.6247±0.2561 mSv), followed by center (B) (0.5687±0.1413 mSv), and center (C) with the lowest (0.4429±0.1546 mSv). Despite slightly higher doses for medical workers, all values fall below ICRP limits, emphasizing safety adherence. Statistical analyses confirm significant differences in mean doses between medical and non-medical workers across all centers, providing valuable insights into radiation health impact in these tertiary hospitals.

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Assessing Low Ionizing Radiation Exposure and Health Impact on Professional Workers in South Eastern Nigerian Hospitals: A Comparative Study across Medical and Non-Medical Personnel

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