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Conclusions

In conclusion, the results of my


survey were fairly close to what I
had predicted. A vast majority of
people in the general public hadnt
heard of medical dosimetry or knew

Medical
Dosimetry
Survey

what it was. Most people who took


it were middle age so would have
had more opportunities to learn
about it, but hadn't. The prediction
regarding radiation types was also
correct. When offered 1, 2 or 3 possible types as options, most people
didnt know there was 3, although
most people did think there was
more than one. However, it is hard
to know whether they guessed or
actually knew this for a fact. This
ties into the third prediction of over
75% of people knowing someone
who dealt with cancer. Over 90%
of people had so it is possible that
they had some prior knowledge.

This graph shows one of the many significant results hat were separate from any
hypothesized one. Depicted here is how
much the uncertainty and mystery of treatment affects fear of the disease in general.
Most people said it has at least some effect
which begs the question if that can be
alleviated. By educating on the job of the
dosimetrist, it may be reassurance that
their disease is individually treated with
assurance to be done well. Other results,
such as the most common types of cancer
seen, offer interesting facts to research
further on. In that particular instance it
was breast and lung cancer.

This also shows how applicable my


project can be to the general public.

By Sierra Lee
ISM Period 1

Most Significant Results

Hypotheses
My first hypothesis was that medical dosimetry
was a very unknown career. I predicted that less
than 50% of people would have heard of it and/or

Question #

Majority Answer

Minority Answer

Yes (93%)

No (7%)

of people wouldnt know that there are multiple

Yes (82%)

No or N/A (12%
& 7%)

might just assume its the same disease so the

Yes or dont
know (9% &
16%)

75% of people asked had personally known some-

3 (46%)

fairly common so most people would know some-

No (76%)

1 or 2 (20% &
34% or 64%)

known what it is. I also thought that the majority


types of radiation for treating cancer. Most people
same method is used. Lastly, I predicted that over
one with cancer who received radiation treatment.
Unfortunately, cancer comes in many forms and it
one who has it.

Participants

pose of my project is to inform society so I


needed a basis of how applicable my message
would be and how much was already known.
In total I had 92 responses to my ten questions asked.

Questions
1.

Are you male or female?

2.

How old are you?

3.

Have you ever known someone personally who has cancer?

4.

Did they receive radiation treatment for


their disease?

5.

What type of cancer was it?

6.

Have you ever heard of medical dosimetry?

7.

How many types of radiation do you


think there are for specifically treating
cancer?

8.

How much does the uncertainty of cancer treatments affect your fear or opinion
about the disease?

9.

Who creates cancer treatment plans?

I conducted my survey online through a website


called Survey Monkey. Having a link to send to

Purpose

people via the internet was a simple and efficient


way to give many people easy access to taking it.
My survey participants were a wide range of peo-

This survey had two main purposes behind it.

ple of all ages. However, mostly females took it,

Firstly, I wanted to see how common knowledge

and the most common age group selected was 36

of medical dosimetry was. This includes not only

-50. There was no real criteria needed to take my

what it is, but also aspects of it such as the cancer

survey because I wanted to see in the general

treatment and radiation planning process. The

public how much was known about medical dosim-

other purpose was to see how common certain

etry and the frequency of cancer. Part of the pur-

10. MD Anderson is one of the best cancer


treatment facilities in the ____.

types of cancer was in order to assess the applicability of my project. If a certain type was more
prevalent or cancer in general was a commonly
dealt with disease, then hopefully knowledge
about treatment options can help reduce stress,
since the main point of health care is to help the
patient.

My survey was conducted using Survey Monkey:


surveymonkey.com