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Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training

Continuing education for radiation safety specialists in hospitals and other medical facilities

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Introduction

Personnel responsible for radiation safety activities in medical institutions are faced with numerous administrative and technical issues. New technologies are continuously being developed, often with unique radiation safety techniques associated with them. New research projects and clinical trials at medical institutions require the RSO to continuously evaluate new protocols, requiring a sound foundation in radiation safety. In order to meet the need within the medical community, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Medical Radiation Safety Officer Training. The American Academy of Health Physics will grant 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day lecture/laboratory course introduces course participants to current issues and technologies in the medical applications of radiation. The issues and technologies are discussed in the context of improving and developing an institution’s radiation safety program.

Who should attend

This course is designed for individuals who presently have or anticipate having the responsibility for radiation safety officer activities at medical institutions. Participants should be familiar with the basics of health physics and radiation safety. Individuals new to the field are advised to attend the Introduction to Radiation Safety course as a prerequisite.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome and Registration
9:00 AM RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE RSO: CHAIN OF COMMAND AND RSO AUTHORITY
10:00 AM COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING
11:00 AM INVENTORY CONTROL AND RECORDS
1:00 PM SECURITY OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
2:00 PM SURVEY INSTRUMENTS
3:15 PM TRANSPORTATION OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Tuesday
8:00 AM DOSIMETRY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
9:00 AM OVERVIEW OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
10:00 AM Demo/Lab: Radionuclide Package Receipt/Leak Testing (ST-106, ST-200) and Radioactive Spills and Decomtamination
12:30 PM CURRENT NUCLEAR MEDICINE PRACTICE: POTENTIAL FOR CONTAMINATION AND EXPOSURE
3:00 PM DEALING WITH THE RADIOACTIVE PATIENT
Wednesday
8:00 AM INSTRUMENTATION QUALITY CONTROL
9:00 AM Lab/Demo: Survey Instrument and Dose Calibrator
10:00 AM CLINICAL MEDICAL ACCELERATORS
12:30 PM OVERVIEW OF BRACHYTHERAPY PHYSICS
1:30 PM PATIENT PROTECTION DURING FLUOROSCOPIC PROCEDURES
3:00 PM ETHICS OF RADIATION PROTECTION IN HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Thursday
8:00 AM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY FOR THE MEDICAL RSO
9:30 AM TREATMENT FOR INTERNAL CONTAMINATION
10:30 AM MEDICAL RADIATION REGULATIONS/PART 35
12:30 PM RSO RESPONSE TO DELIBERATE MISUSE OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
1:30 PM COMPLIANCE WITH OTHER REGULATORY AGENCIES
2:30 PM RADIATION SAFETY IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE
3:30 PM RADIONUCLIDES AND RADIATION SAFETY IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
Friday
8:00 AM RADIATION EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
9:00 AM INSPECTIONS AND AUDITS
10:30 AM RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
Noon Course Critique and Adjourn

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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