XRT 216 - Radiation Protection and Biology
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of radiation. It focuses on radiation safety principles and statutory regulations from the NRC, NCRP and the New York State Department of Health. It also presents a comprehensive study of protection with emphasis on the basic concepts of dose measurement, interaction of radiation with matter, maximum permissible dose, radiation effects in biological systems, and personnel and patient protection methods.
Prerequisite: XRT 153 with a grade of C or better.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify various classifications of radiation.
2. Identify units of measurements of radiation.
3. Compare units of measurements of radiation.
4. Identify the major sources of ionizing radiation.
5. Discuss the basic interactions of radiation with matter.
6. Discuss maximum permissible dose equivalents.
7. Describe the various biological effects of radiation.
8. Discuss the practical applications of the cardinal rules of radiation protection.
9. Discuss the practical applications of the ALARA principle.
10. Discuss protection concepts related to equipment, room design, and shielding requirements.
11. Discuss radiation protection issues with the patient, other health care workers, or the general public in day to day situations.
Course Offered Fall only