An Introduction to Radiation Protection in Medicine

Jamie V. Trapp, Tomas Kron

March 13, 2008 by CRC Press
Textbook - 296 Pages - 81 Color & 81 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781584889649 - CAT# C9640
Series: Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


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  • Examines the framework of radiation protection guidelines introduced by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
  • Provides the physical and biological background of the subject
  • Discusses the units and tools used in radiation protection
  • Introduces concepts of a system of radiation protection in the workplace
  • Presents detailed information on the practical applications of radiation protection in the three areas of medicine where radiation is most widely used: radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiotherapy
  • Includes worked examples, real-world case studies, and a glossary of terms
  • Summary

    Combining facets of health physics with medicine, An Introduction to Radiation Protection in Medicine covers the background of the subject and the medical situations where radiation is the tool to diagnose or treat human disease. Encouraging newcomers to the field to properly and efficiently function in a versatile and evolving work setting, it familiarizes them with the particular problems faced during the application of ionizing radiation in medicine.

    The text builds a fundamental knowledge base before providing practical descriptions of radiation safety in medicine. It covers basic issues related to radiation protection, including the physical science behind radiation protection and the radiobiological basis of radiation protection. The text also presents operational and managerial tools for organizing radiation safety in a medical workplace. Subsequent chapters form the core of the book, focusing on the practice of radiation protection in different medical disciplines. They explore a range of individual uses of ionizing radiation in various branches of medicine, including radiology, nuclear medicine, external beam radiotherapy, and brachytherapy.

    With contributions from experienced practicing physicists, this book provides essential information about dealing with radiation safety in the rapidly shifting and diverse environment of medicine.