Non-Ionising Sources: Radiation Risks, Safety and Bioeffects (SPE156)

Work-based learning outcomes

  1. Undertake non-ionising radiation risk assessment, demonstrating an understanding of the control measures available to ensure safe practice
  2. Provide safety information to staff, patients and their carers
  3. Calculate estimated exposures to patients and staff
  4. Undertake a room risk assessment for a non-ionising radiation facility
  5. Explain modality specific risks and the relevant exposure limits
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Critically review policies and procedures for compliance with non- ionising radiation protection legislation and guidance

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2 1,4

Undertake a risk assessment for a clinical laser or Ultraviolet practice and make recommendations regarding safe operating procedures

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3 2

Write local rules or guidance notes for a clinical laser and Ultraviolet practice

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4 2

Assess the requirements for Personal Protective Equipment and make recommendations with regard to the specifications of Personal Protective Equipment

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5 2

Collect data for the calculation of exposure to patients

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6 2,5

Provide training to a relevant staff group on the implementation of radiation safety practices

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7 3

Carry out measurements of occupational exposure for a source of non-ionising radiation

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8 4

Perform and report on non-ionising radiation protection audits

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9 1,4

Critically appraise risk assessments and safe operating procedures for clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging and ultrasound

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10 5

Demonstrate understanding in environmental exposure to non- ionising radiation

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You must complete
1 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Assess the sensitivity/low contrast penetration of an ultrasound system DOPS
Determine the slice thickness of an ultrasound transducer DOPS
Assess the accuracy of Doppler ultrasound velocity measurement DOPS
Characterise an ultrasound field/pulse using hydrophone measurements DOPS
Measure the output from a therapeutic ultrasound device DOPS
Perform B-field strength assessment in MRI DOPS
Make measurements of occupational exposure for a non-ionising source DOPS
Make audible noise assessments around an MRI facility DOPS
Carry out a safety audit of a non-ionising radiation facility DOPS
Assess and interpret image quality of ultrasound/MRI images DOPS
Provide safety training to staff for a non-ionising radiation source DOPS
Undertake MRI safety screening of a patient or member of staff. DOPS
Communicate significance of UV (patient) dosimetry results to clinical staff OCE