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Online training in radiation protection

The use of ionizing radiation in medical diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic procedures benefits patients, but it also involves a risk because of the radiation exposure involved.. At the 2012 “International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade” in Bonn, Germany, the “Bonn Call for Action” was issued to encourage action to ensure an appropriate balance between the benefits and the risks of using ionizing radiation in medicine. These online courses support the Bonn Call for Action  by guiding and informing on radiation protection and safety.

Available courses:

» Tips & Tricks: Radiation Protection in Radiography
» Safety and Quality in Radiotherapy
» Radiation Dose Management in CT

The IAEA continually develops educational and training resources on topics related to the safe use of ionizing radiation in medicine. Future e-learning courses will address further issues in patient protection.

If you wish to receive a completion certificate after successfully finishing the course, please take the following steps:

  1. Register with NUCLEUS 
  2. Confirm the email link received after your registration
  3. Once your IAEA Nucleus account is activated, click on RPOP e-learning page and select one of the courses
  4. Enroll yourself in the course
  5. After viewing the material, take the course quiz/quizzes. If you answer correctly at least 80%, you can obtain a certificate of completion.
     

Tips & Tricks: Radiation Protection in Radiography

Tips & Tricks: Radiation Protection in Radiography is a collection of individual short lectures on topics in radiography. The course is designed to provide education for diagnostic imaging professionals regarding radiation protection in radiography.

The first topic discusses Radiation Protection During C-Arm Fluoroscopy. 

Throughout this e-learning course the participants are expected to:

  1. Improve their understanding of radiation protection in different subspecialties of radiography.
  2. Learn techniques for applying the principle of optimization.
  3. Understand the role and ethics of medical radiation technologists.
  4. Grasp the importance of proper communication with patients and legal guardians in terms of radiation protection.
  5. Become familiar with reject/repeat analysis programs (RAPs) and their role in quality control.

The estimated time for each topic is approximately 1 hour. After completing each topic, participants can take a final exam to receive a certificate of completion.

Safety and Quality in Radiotherapy

Safety and Quality in Radiotherapy provides continuing safety and quality education to radiotherapy professionals. Participants improve their understanding of safety in radiotherapy, learn techniques to reduce and avoid radiotherapy incidents and understand the value and use of incident learning systems.

The course aims to help participants:

  • Improve their understanding of safety in radiotherapy;
  • Learn techniques to reduce and avoid radiotherapy incidents;
  • Understand the value and use of incident learning systems;
  • Learn about useful sources of information to enhance safety in radiotherapy;
  • Gain insight into improving safety culture in medical clinics/facilities;
  • The course is organized into twelve modules, each with a short quiz at the end. These quizzes serve as a self-check for participants to review their own understanding of the material.

The course covers major incidents in radiotherapy, learning and reporting incidents, process maps, severity metrics, basic causes and safety barriers, failure modes and effects analysis, fault tree analysis, and safety culture.

Each of the course’s 12 modules includes  a short quiz to help participants review their  understanding of the material.

The course, offered in English, is estimated to take five hours to complete. Participants who wish to do so can receive a certificate of completion. 
 

Radiation Dose Management in Computed Tomography (CT)

Radiation Dose Management in Computed Tomography (CT) provides continuing education to health professionals on the safe and effective use of CT. This e-learning course explores the technical applications of patient radiation protection in CT imaging.

The course aims to help participants:

  • Learn the appropriate use of CT and be able to apply this understanding in a clinical setting;
  • Understand the dose reduction potential of various CT  scan parameters, automatic exposure control, reconstruction algorithms and other CT techniques;
  • Understand different dose metrics for CT and learn how radiation dose tracking methods can be used;
  • Address the unique needs of various CT protocols, including those for chest, abdomen, and head, as well as those for pregnant or paediatric patients.

The course covers justification and optimization of radiation dose, overviews of referral guidelines, explanations of the technical parameters of CT scanning, dose metrics, and specific CT protocols for body regions and for patients particularly vulnerable to radiation risk.

Each of the course’s 11  modules concludes with a short series of questions to help participants review their  understanding of the material.

The course, offered in English, is estimated to take up to five hours to complete. Participants who wish to do so can take a final exam to receive a certificate of attendance. The course is also available for viewing without obtaining a certificate