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Title: Hematological findings in x-ray technicians
Authors: Meo, Sultan A.
Keywords: Occupational hazards
X-ray radiations
Blood cell count
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Citation: Saudi Medical Journal: 25 (7); 852-856
Abstract: Objective: In view of the known health hazards of x-ray radiation, this study focuses on the basic hematological parameters: red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs) and platelets count in x-ray technicians. The aim was to identify the affect of x-ray radiation on blood cell counts in x-ray technicians. Methods: The present study was conducted in the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the year 2002. In this study, a group of 40 apparently healthy male x-ray technicians with age ranging from 25-50-years were recruited. They were matched with another group of 40 apparently healthy control subjects in terms of age, sex and ethnic origin. Both groups met with exclusion criteria as per standard. Red blood cells, WBC and platelets count were performed by using a blood cell auto analyser (Beckman coulter counter). Results: The mean value of platelet count was significantly decreased (p<0.01) in x-ray technicians when compared to controls. However, no significant difference was observed in RBC and WBC count between the groups. Conclusion: The present study suggests that exposure to x-ray radiation causes decreased platelet count. Further, studies are needed to study the long-term effects of x-ray radiation on blood cell count in x-ray technicians.
Description: Corresponding Author: Dr. Sultan Ayoub Meo, Department of Physiology College of Medicine, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2925. Riyadh 11461. K.S.A. Tel: +966-146-71604. Fax +9664671046. Email: sultanmeo@hotmail.com, smeo@edu.ksu.sa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3364
ISSN: Electronic:1658-3175. Print: 0379-5284
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