Radiation Dosimetry and Radioprotection
Reference DHBIOM00000025
Taught in Majors List Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 15.0
Studytime (D) 180.0
Studypoints (E) 6
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Hubert Thierens
Department GE05
Co-lecturers Klaus Bacher
Key Words

medical radiation dosimetry, radiation protection

Position of the Course

The student learns the basic principles of theoretical and clinical radiation dosimetry with the medical applications in the field of radiotherapy and patient dosimetry in radiology and nuclear medicine. This course deals also with the practical knowledge for the reduction of the radiation burden of the patient, practician and members of the public to a minimum. After a detailed overview of measures and procedures for dose reduction, the legislation with respect to radiation protection is discussed. This course learns the student to work out solutions for biomedical problems based on biological, medical and technical considerations. In this framework the student learns to reply in an adequate way to a concrete question, which is relevant to the medical sciences, based on the actual scientific and medical knowledge in the field.


  • The radiological units with respective relations, with reference to dosimetry standards and their applications in medicine.
  • Overview of techniques and instrumentation used in clinical dosimetry: ionometry, thermoluminescence dosimetry, semiconductor detectors, radiographic and radiochromic film, phantoms.
  • Reference dosimetry in radiotherapy: principles and clinical protocols for low and high energy X-ray beams and electron beams.
  • Dosimetry in radiology: specific quantities and procedures for patient dosimetry with special attention to pediatrics, interventional radiology and cardiology and screening.
  • Compartmentmodel analysis for biodistributions as the basic method for dosimetry in nuclear medical applications of radionuclides.
  • Dosimetry at the cellular and subcellular level.
  • Basic standards of radiation protection with respect to the limitation of doses.
  • Physical and medical control, general protection measures and procedures.
  • Measures and legislation with respect to the medical applications of ionising radiation
  • Diagnostic reference levels of diagnostic investigations frequently applied in radiology and nuclear medicine.

Starting Competences

Having successfully completed the courses Physics, Cytology and general histology, Introduction to biology and genetics, Biological model systems, Cell biology and Human pathogenesis from the bachelor program biomedical sciences, or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means.

Final Competences

  • The student has theoretical knowledge and insight in patient dosimetry and radiation protection for medical applications.
  • The student has the practical knowledge for dose determination in patients in radiotherapy, radiology and nuclear medicine.

Teaching and Learning Material

Syllabus (dutch), legislation with respect to radiation protection (10 Euro).


  • Radiation dosimetry (G. Shani, CRC Press, 2001)
  • Radiation protection in the health sciences (M. Noz & G.Q. Maguire World scientific, 2007)

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

After electronic appointment with the lecturer

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures;

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period

Evaluation Methods

During examination period: oral closed-book exam, written preparation

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