XR: Radiation Protection and Safety

This program discusses the safety protocols that technologists must know in order to maximize their safety, as well as issues surrounding radiation safety in the imaging department.

Radiation Protection and Safety
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Medical imaging is heralded as one of the greatest accomplishments of the past century, according to the membership of the National Academy of Sciences. Yet, radiation is still described by some as deadly or harmful, when in fact, its controlled use in medicine can be incredibly beneficial. This program examines the use of radiation in medical imaging to address how this great, yet potentially dangerous discovery can actually provide a benefit.

After completing this program, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the need to minimize radiation exposure.

  2. Describe how time, distance, and shielding can be manipulated to minimize radiation dose.

  3. Define and discuss the key concepts of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable).

  4. Identify dose reduction techniques and methods to protect the radiographer.

  5. Describe several dose reduction techniques and methods to protect the patient.

  6. List several associations that either develop or enforce radiation protection standards.

REQUIREMENTS

Course objectives for this program specifically target radiologic technologists. Other technologists and medical personnel may also benefit from viewing this program.

CURRICULUM

  1. Standards Organizations and Regulatory Agencies

  2. Essential Radiation Protection Concepts

  3. Radiation Exposure Management

  4. Current Radiation Management Issues