Education Courses TMS-VRS-D Working with radionuclides

About this course

The course functions as 'information and training' which is mandatory for employees and students working with ionizing radiation without continuous supervision.

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About this course

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.

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. 

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In short

  • The course is intended for labaratory staff and students who work with open radioactive sources.


  • You will learn

    Main 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

     

  • Costs

    The price includes the exam, a possible re-examination and teaching materials, lunches and coffee/tea. 

    FNWI employee: free.
    Radboud University employee: €1275.
    Radboud university medical center employee: €1275.
    External student or employee: €1595.
     

Location

Entrance: Study Center Medical Sciences
Route: 140

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Location

Visiting address

Geert Grooteplein 21
6525 EZ Nijmegen

Directions

Enter building at: Study Center Medical Sciences
Follow route 140

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Program

The course is given in 3 days and an exam on the fourth day. During the course you need to do quite a bit of self study to be able to pass the exam.

Program at a glance:

Introduction:
- about the course set-up and the use of radiation in reasearch

Lectures:
- about research methods with ionising radiation 
- about the effects of radiation and legislation

Practicals:
- 'Research with ionising radiation' at the Radboud institute for molecular life sciences
- 'Safe working at the isotope laboratory'

Response seminars: 
- about practicals, lectures and excercises

E-learning:
- 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.

Program

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