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Radiation Protection of Patients : Postgraduate Medical Science - Richard Wootton

Radiation Protection of Patients

Postgraduate Medical Science

By: Richard Wootton (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9780521426695
Number Of Pages: 168

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This concise volume provides essential advice and guidelines for all those medical personnel involved in the administration of radiation for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Legislation has been introduced in Europe and the UK to reduce patient radiation doses. In the UK, the Ionising Radiation (Protection of Patients Undergoing Medical Examination or Treatment) Regulations, known colloquially as the POPUMET Regulations, requires medical personnel to have received essential training in radiation protection. This volume covers the background material required by those taking approved training courses and summarises the core of knowledge which forms the basis of the POPUMET regulations. It will therefore be an essential textbook for all staff who are concerned with diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine or radiotherapy and who are about to undertake this training.

The need for radiation protection of the patient
Nature of ionising radiation and its interaction with tissue
Genetic and somatic effects of ionising radiation and how to assess their risks
Radiation doses
The principles of dose limitation and the various means of dose reduction to the patient including protection of the gonads
The principles of quality assurance and quality control applied to both equipment and techniques
The specific requirements of women who are, or who may be, pregnant and also of children
The precautions necessary for handling sealed and unsealed sources
Organisation for radiation protection. The organisational arrangements for advice on radiation protection and how to deal with a suspected case of overexposure
Statutory responsibilities
Factors influencing the choice of diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
The value of pre-existing patient information
Priorities for spending in the National Health Service
Dental radiography
Cardiology and orthopaedic work
Appendix. Making the best use of a Department of Radiology Royal College of Radiologists.
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521426695
ISBN-10: 0521426693
Series: Postgraduate Medical Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 31st May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.27 x 15.39  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.27

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