About this courseIn this course we will look at the various possibilities for using ionizing radiation from radionuclides and X-ray apparatuses in the wide field of medical research. The lecturers are radiation protection experts from the Radboudumc and scientists from the Radboudumc and Radboud University.
Since the discovery of radionuclides and X-rays at the end of the nineteenth century, ionizing radiation has been used extensively in medical and scientific research. But very soon after this discovery it became clear that working with this type of radiation is not without risks. Nowadays these risks are negligible, which is the result of much more sensitive detection methods as well as working according to strict rules and procedures.
In this course we will look at the various possibilities for using ionizing radiation from radionuclides and X-ray apparatuses in the wide field of medical research. The lecturers are radiation protection experts from the Radboudumc and scientists from the Radboudumc and Radboud University. In the various practicals you will train skills for working with radionuclides, such as detection of radiation and decontamination of radioactive spills. But you will also perform an experiment in one of the research laboratories of the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences.
The course also functions as 'information and training' which is mandatory for employees and students working with ionizing radiation without continuous supervision. This information and training gives insight in the risks of exposure to ionizing radiation and an appropriate introduction to legislation as well as local rules and procedures. As such it is a good preparation for doing research in an isotope laboratory.
This course is concluded with an exam. After passing this exam you will receive the official diploma for radiation protection officer 'toezichthoudend medewerker stralingsbescherming - Verspreidbare radioactieve stoffen - niveau D'. This is a legal document which is valid in the Netherlands and accepted in most European member states.
The course is intended for laboratory staff and students who work with open radioactive sources.
The course functions as 'information and training' which is mandatory for employees and students working with ionizing radiation without continuous supervision.
You will learnMain learning goals
After completion of the course you are able to:
• do research with radioisotopes in a standard isotope laboratory
• work safely with ionising radiation
• explain the risks of exposure to ionizing radiation
• apply the local rules for working with radioisotopes
• understand the additional information and instructions from the radiation protection officer
• check their workplace and themselves for radioactive contamination
• perform simple decontaminations
• supervise workers in a class D isotope laboratory
The course dates are June 14-15-16-17 with exam on June 25. Re-exam July 16.
The course price depends on the type of organization you work or study for and refer to “registration”.
Course: 4 working days (09:00 AM-05:00 PM) and an exam.
The course is intended for labaratory staff and students who work with open radioactive sources. There are no further admission requirements.
On request, accreditation will be requested for laboratory technicians and analysts.
When canceling 14 or more days in advance, you will be charged a € 35 administration fee. When cancelling less than 14 days in advance, you will not receive a refund.
Geert Grooteplein 21
6525 EZ Nijmegen
The lessons are partly online, with virtual classrooms. The practicals are at the Study Center medical Sciences, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen.
The course is given in 4 days. During the course you need to do quite a bit of self study to be able to pass the exam.
The courses TMS-VRS-D Working with radionuclides are basically meant for students from the faculty NWI (Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde, Informatica). This course is always 4 days in the same week, and exam a week later.
The course TMS-VRS-D Research in ionizing radiation is basically meant for students from the faculty BMS (Biomedical Science). This course is always spread over 4 weeks (every week 1 course day), and exam on day 4.
The content is the same.
Program at a glance:
- about the course set-up and the use of radiation in reasearch
- about research methods with ionising radiation
- about the effects of radiation and legislation
- 'Research with ionising radiation' at the Radboud institute for molecular life sciences
- 'Safe working at the isotope laboratory'
- about practicals, lectures and excercises
- covering basic knowledge about radioactive decay, properties of radiation including shielding and uses of radiation. This e-learning is in part a refresher of secundary school physics, but also goes deeper into these subjects.
The course will be given (partly) online, with virtual classrooms. The practicals are 'live'. In order to obtain the diploma, participation in the practicals is mandatory.