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Radiation Protection



Chances are that you will work with radioactively labeled agents during practical courses or research projects. There is still some misunderstanding with respect to the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. In order to work with radioactive agents, it is vital to be informed on the potential risks involved. This applies not only to working with radionuclids, but also to clinical applications such as diagnostics in nuclear medicine.

Course objectives

  • You acquire basic knowledge of the physics of ionizing radiation and skills to do basic calculations on radiation physics;

  • You can select the most appropriate detector or detection method for a given type of radiation and field of application;

  • You can make dose calculations for external radiation and internal contamination;

  • You can name some biological effects and risks of radiation and you are capable of describing risk factors and dose limits;

  • You can assess whether your own working environment is up to legal and other standards;

  • You can describe the starting-points of radiation protection for employees and third parties and you can apply these to your own working environment;

Mode of instruction

Lectures, working groups with self study assignments, practicals.

Assessment method

Participation in practical part (mandatory presence and satisfactory report) as well as written examination (multiple choice and open questions). Both part weigh equally in determining the final mark.

Reading list

Brouwer, G. & Eijnde, J.H.G.M. van den (zesde druk, 2008). Praktische Stralingshygiëne. Heron-reeks. Arnhem: Syntax Media, ISBN 978 90 77 23 61 5.


Satisfactory results for the written exam and practical course entitles you to the nationally validated diploma of Stralingsdeskundigheid niveau 5B (ex. Besluit stralingsbescherming Kernenergiewet).