NMTEC 240 Radiation Safety • 1 Cr.


Covers principles and practices for radiation safety. Topics include calculation of doses absorbed from procedures, personnel monitoring, handling and disposal of radioactive materials, and licensing of a nuclear medicine department. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Delineate the regulatory responsibilities of the various federal, state, and local agencies involved in monitoring radiation and radioactive materials, particularly including radioactive materials licenses.
  • Discuss the operation of personnel dosimeters, state limits and discuss concerns relating to occupational radiation exposure, and assess situations for overexposure.
  • List and apply basic rules for working with radioactive materials and outline the cleaning of a radioactively contaminated area.
  • Outline issues and calculations relating to transportation, receipt, and disposal of radioactive materials.
  • Describe and apply the concepts and mathematics of radiopharmaceutical dosimetry and effective dose calculations.
  • Discuss basic principles of radionuclide therapy and their application to a variety of medical conditions.
  • Develop plans for dealing with, assess scenarios, and outline the role of the nuclear medicine technologist in a radiation emergency.
  • Synthesize radiation biology, radiation protection, and radiation safety knowledge for use in communicating about radiation issues with patients, health care professionals, regulators, and the general public.