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Radiation Protection in Radiotherapy

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  1. Radiation Protection inRadiotherapy IAEA Training Material on Radiation Protection in Radiotherapy Lecture Course Outline

  2. The IAEA • International Atomic Energy Agency • Statutory function: “to establish standards of safety for the protection of health … and to provide for the applications of these standards.” • Objective to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world. Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  3. Radiotherapy • Constitutes a peaceful application of ionizing radiation • Is an essential part of cancer management • Issues of safety, quality assurance and organization must be considered VARIAN Oncology Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  4. Content of the Lecture Course A Background (Radiotherapy, effects of radiation, principles of protection) B Properties of equipment used in radiotherapy C Radiation exposure (Occupational, medical and accidental) D Associated issues (Transport, discharge of patients, organization) Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  5. Essential Reading • International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources, Vienna 1996 (IAEA, FAO, ILO, OECD/NEA, PAHO and WHO) Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  6. Structure of the Course • 18 Parts • Two weeks • Lectures for each modules • Quick test after each module • Many modules involve also a practical session • Final examination Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  7. Other Features • Local relevance • Handouts, references • On-going support • Questions/Interaction encouraged Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  8. Other Features • Local relevance • Handouts, references • On-going support • Questions/Interaction encouraged • … cannot replace other publications and particularly not protocols Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  9. Note Radiation units & quantities are in the process of undergoing consensus through ICRU and IAEA. There may be changes necessitating incorporation in this CD. Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  10. Feedback? Is encouraged throughout the course and explicitly asked for at the end of the course. Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  11. Any questions? Part 0: Lecture Course Outline

  12. Acknowledgement • Material and inspiration was received from many people - particular mention deserve: Pedro Ortiz-Lopez, Modupe Oresegun, Madan Rehani, Lee Collins, John Drew • Material was used from many web pages and brochures from professional organizations, educational institutions and the following companies - they are gratefully acknowledged: Aktina, Bicron, Brainlab, CMS, CIRS, Elekta, Gammasonics, Gammex RMI, General Electric, Hitachi, Leybold-Heraeus, MDS Nordion, MedTec, Mentor, Nomos, Nucletron, Phantom Lab, Philips/ADAC, PTW, Radionics, IDL (Scanditronix, Wellhofer), Siemens, Sun Nuclear, Standard Imaging, Tomotherapy Inc. and VARIAN • Thanks also to the European Medical Radiation Learning Development, EMERALD • It was aimed at having many relevant products from many important companies represented. However, the course is by no means a complete summary of equipment available and inclusion of material from companies does not constitute an endorsement of the particular product. Part 0: Lecture Course Outline