Radiobiology and Radioprotection

A.Y. 2020/2021
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Learning objectives
- To acquire the basic principles of mechanisms underlying the biological effects of ionizing radiation (IR), of IR detectors, of dosimetric quantities and of dose measurements used in Radiotherapy and Radioprotection, of the concept of dose optimization as well as of the related italian policy and regulations (D. Lgs. 187/2000)
- to acquire knowledge regarding IR interactions with inorganic matter, with simple and complex molecular structures, with biological tissues, organs, body regions, individuals and on populations
- to know the basic mechanisms underlying Oncogenesis
- to acquire knowledge on the relationship between radiobiological concepts and historical evolution of clinical Radiation Therapy and its technological and clinical developments
- to acquire knowledge on potential risks of utilizing IR and on lessons learned from IR accidents
- to acquire knowledge necessary to inform subjects (operators, patients, population) undergoing diagnostic imaging exams or radiotherapic treatments on the risks connected with the use of radiation and on the procedures aiming at preventing unnecessary radiation exposure.
Expected learning outcomes
- To acquire knowledge of the effects of ionizing radiation, methods and instruments for measuring dose in radiotherapy and radioprotection and to know the current Italian policy and regulations on the subject
- to learn the basic information on radiobiological interactions with inorganic and organic matter (molecular structures, cells and tissues, organs, body regions, individuals and populations) and to understand their application in the clinical setting
- to have insights in the relationship between radiobiological principles and technical, technological and clinical evolution of Radiation Oncology
- to be able to identify radiotherapy-induced main side effects and describe the main phases of the carcinogenesis process
- to have deep knowledge of the risks associated with the use of radiation and of the experiences related to accidents occurring using ionizing radiation
- to know and to use the radiation protection techniques and aids proper for any type of examination that involves the use of ionizing radiation or electromagnetic fields
- to know the emergency management plan
Course syllabus and organization
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