Radiation Protection (SPE152)

Work-based learning outcomes

  1. Understand the hierarchy of control measures available to ensure safe practice in a diagnostic imaging room and in the safe handling of sealed and unsealed radioactive sources
  2. Calculate estimated absorbed, equivalent and effective doses to patients, and effective doses to staff and members of the public for diagnostic X-ray and radionuclide procedures
  3. Specify the theoretical and practical requirement involved in room design for diagnostic imaging facilities
  4. Compare and contrast the radiation safety requirements for diagnostic X-ray imaging, nuclear medicine imaging and radionuclide therapy
  5. Advise patients, colleagues and other professionals on radiation safety issues
  6. Deal with radiation incidents
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1,4

Undertake risk assessment for a range of radiation facilities and a range of radiation hazards, to include external and internal, low energy and high energy, X-ray, gamma, beta and positron

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2 1,3

Write local rules for a diagnostic imaging area, including contingency planning

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3 1,3

Write local rules for nuclear medicine facilities and services, including  contingency planning

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4 6

Critically appraise IRMER procedures for a radiation facility

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5 3,5

Review the results of whole body and extremity radiation dose monitoring of staff and take remedial action as appropriate

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6 5

Give advice to diagnostic and therapy patients on the precautions that they should follow on their return home, with particular regard to the safety of children, unborn foetuses and breast-fed infants

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7 5

Give radiation safety advice to a range of healthcare staff in connection with nuclear medicine patients

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8 6

Deal with a spillage of liquid radioactive material and perform subsequent decontamination measures

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9 1

Calibrate contamination monitors for measuring the surface activity of a range of radionuclides, including technetium-99m, iodine-131 and a pure beta emitter

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10 1

Manage a quality assurance programme for radiation monitors

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11 1,3

Participate in the management of the storage, disposal and record keeping of radioactive waste

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12 1

Perform radiation protection audits for nuclear medicine

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13 1

Critically review policies and procedures for regulatory compliance

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14 2

Collect data for the calculation of estimated absorbed, equivalent and effective doses to patients, and effective doses to staff and the public

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15 2

Calculate estimated radiation dose and radiation risk where relevant in relation to a particular incident

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You must complete
2 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Monitor a room for contamination DOPS
Perform a risk assessment of a new procedure DOPS
Decontaminate a room DOPS
Monitor radioactive waste and dispose where appropriate. Keep records of storage and disposal. DOPS
Calculate the absorbed dose to a patient undertaking a SPECT/CT scan. DOPS
Explain the radiation risks to a patient who is having an imaging test. OCE
Give advice to a diagnostic patients on the precautions that they should follow on their return home with particular regard to the safety of children, unborn foetuses and breast-fed infants. OCE
Give radiation safety advice to a member of healthcare staff in connection with a nuclear medicine patient. OCE
Give advice to a pregnant member of healthcare staff in connection with Nuclear Medicine patients OCE