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 labaratory 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 18-June 20th, 2019. Exam: June 28th, 2019 in the afternoon.
The course price depends on the type of organization you work or study for and refer to “registration”.
Course: 3 full working days (09:00 AM-05:00 PM) and an exam (01:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
The course is intended for labaratory staff and students who work with open radioactive sources. There are no further admission requirements.
Accreditation is 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.
ProgramThe 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:
- 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.