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Radiation Safety and Protection in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Semester 1

This Clinical Training course is designed primarily for health physicists, medical physicists and other radiation protection professionals to facilitate the design and management of radiation protection programmes for radiology facilities. The course is designed to equip the student with the necessary skillset to recommend safety actions, train hospital staff, to plan and design new radiology facilities and to remodel existing ones. Radiation safety is a concern for patients, physicians, and staff in radiology departments. Appropriate knowledge and practice of radiation protection helps to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure with a goal to minimize the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

  • Design of a facility
  • Radiation hazard assessment
  • Personnel dosimetry
  • Unintended and accidental exposure in diagnostic radiology
  • Safety in MRI imaging
  • One Written Report 40%
  • Clinical Evaluations 60%
Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Implement a personnel dosimetry service at a local level.
2. Perform a hazard assessment of procedures and facilities for staff and members of the public.
3. Apply dose reduction techniques for radiology staff, other employees and members of the public.
4. Implement a response to an unintended or accidental exposure occurring in a radiology department affecting staff, patients or members of the public.
5. Identify shielding for an x ray facility using diagnostic x ray imaging systems for energies between 15 and 150 kVp. Facilities include hospitals, clinics, mobile systems, and dental installations.
6. Perform assessments of MRI radiation safety.
7. Investigate accidents and incidents involving MRI

Course Code: 
2 Credits
Level 2
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