RADON 240 Radiation Biology • 3 Cr.


Explores types of radiation, interaction of radiation with matter, and the effects of those interactions in human tissue. Students learn methods and principles of radiation protection for both patient and therapist. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe atomic structure and identify different nuclear arrangements
  • Describe characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of interactions with matter.
  • Identify units of dose and exposure, and apply the correct unit to the appropriate situation.
  • Describe radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues and the body as a whole.
  • Analyze factors affecting biological response, including acute and chronic effects of radiation.
  • Apply principles of radiation protection, including the responsibilities of the therapist for patients, personnel and the public.
  • Discuss pertinent radiation events to determine fact versus fiction and possible early versus late effects to the population.
  • Identify federal and state guidelines governing the proper use of ionizing radiation for medical purposes.