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Course description: 

Radioactivity is a fundamental tool of nuclear medicine. Radioactive processes result in the emission of radiation. In nuclear medicine, this radiation is utilized for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. This course is all about radioactivity. It starts with an historical overview of how scientists came to understand the concept of 'atoms'. It explores some of the forces that govern the whereabouts of atomic nuclei, and some basic concepts from nuclear physics. Based on that knowledge it explains why radioactive processes take place, and it presents an overview of frequently occurring forms of radioactive decay. It looks briefly at the production of radionuclides. The course concludes by discussing the clinical applications of some radionuclides.




Course objectives: 

After studying this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Outline the historic development of the scientific understanding of atoms
  • Discuss the current insight in how atoms are build
  • Describe some fundamental forces that govern the subatomic
  • Analyze how those forces lead to stable and unstable atomic nuclei
  • Describe the scientific notation of atoms
  • Understand some basic mathematics of radioactive decay
  • Present the different modes of radioactive decay and their outcomes
  • Discuss in general terms the interaction of tissue and radiation
  • Present two different ways to produce radioactive isotopes
  • Understand the basic interaction of radiation and human tissue
  • Give an overview of some of the radioisotopes that have clinical application
  • Make a comparison of the radiation burden of X-ray procedures and nuclear medicine examinations
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

Willem Van Hoorn

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