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NMDT 405. Radiation Protection

Credits: 1-3
Department: Nuclear Medicine Technology
Description: Properties of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, their effects on human beings, and methods for protecting patients and staff from unnecessary exposure and possible injury.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the characteristics of radiation and define radiation measurement units.
2. Identify the agencies and interpret/comply with the appropriate regulations associated with radiation exposure and receipt, use, and disposal of radioactive materials.
3. Define radiation exposure limits and apply safe radiation protection techniques in accordance with the ALARA philosophy.
4. Use appropriate radiation detection and monitoring equipment and evaluate readings.
5. Employ the practical and appropriate methods of radiation protection (time, distance, and shielding) and predict exposure levels based on calculations.
6. Assess a scenario and utilize proper protocols to prevent a medical event.
7. List what constitutes an error, an excess exposure, and a medical event and employ the appropriate course of action.
8. Identify and manage radioactive material spills and contamination.
9. Describe the Nuclear Medicine Technologists' role and responsibility in radionuclide therapy procedures.

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