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Practical Radiation Protection in Healthcare

Practical Radiation Protection in Healthcare

Hardback Oxford Medical Publications

Edited by Colin J. Martin, Edited by David G. Sutton

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 252mm x 28mm | 925g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192630822
  • ISBN 13: 9780192630827
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: numerous black & white photographs, line illustrations and tables
  • Sales rank: 898,480

Product description

Practical Radiation Protection in Healthcare is a practical guide for medical physicists and others whose work involves any aspect of hospital radiation protection. Written by workers experienced in the field, the book includes discussion of general radiation protection principles and provides detailed coverage of specialist topic areas involving both ionising and non-ionising radiations. The book provides guidance on methods that may be used to tackle the wide range of tasks that a physicist working in this area might encounter and should provide the first port of call when a problem in radiation protection is encountered. The book has been written in a format to allow easy reference, so that it can be used as a working guide as well as a textbook. Throughout, the emphasis is on a practical approach. The first half of the book covers general principles and topics applicable to all areas of radiation protection. The subject is dealt with in general terms, with descriptions of techniques and methods required to implement radiation protection measures. The chapters covering background material provide the basic knowledge which is important in understanding the subject. The second half of the book deals with practical guidance on the approach and techniques used in hospitals. The book contains comprehensive coverage of all areas that a radiation protection physicist would encounter. Each specialist area is covered in a separate chapter to allow easy reference with individual chapters being assigned to different types of non-ionising radiations.

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Author information

Colin J Martin is Head of Health Physics, Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-Engineering, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust David G Sutton is Head of Radiation Physics, Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee

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This is the book I have been seeking for years to use as the text for my radiation protection course for graduate medical physics students... a superb textbook for all those interested in radiation protection in medicine. I highly recommend it to professional medical physicists, students and teachers. Medical Physics, Vol 30, No 5 The text is easily readable and more than adequately delivers the objectives of the editors... The contributors and editors should be commended on the production of such an excellent text. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Vol 106, No 2

Table of contents

PART I - IONISING RADIATIONS: HAZARDS, DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT ; 1. The development of radiation protection ; 2. Interaction of ionising radiations with matter ; 3. Biological effects of ionising radiation ; 4. Radiation measurements ; PART II - PROTECTION AGAINST IONISING RADIATION ; 5. Ionising radiation legislation ; 6. Principles on control methods ; 7. Operational radiation protection ; 8. Personal monitoring ; 9. Control of radioactive substances ; 10. Intervention, incidents and emergencies ; PART III - IONISING RADIATIONS IN MEDICINE AND RESEARCH ; 11. Risk control in medical exposures ; 12. Diagnostic radiology: equipment ; 13. Diagnostic radiology: facility ; 14. Diagnostic radiology: patient dosimetry ; 15. Nuclear medicine and radionuclide laboratories ; 16. The nuclear medicine patient ; 17. Radiotherapy: external beam therapy ; 18. Radiotherapy: brachytherapy ; PART IV - NON-IONISING RADIATIONS ; 19. Lasers ; 20. Non-coherant optical radiation sources ; 21. Electromagnetic fields ; 22. Ultrasound