An Introduction to Radiation Protection is a highly readable account of the nature of the hazards presented by ionizing radiation and the methods of protection for those new to the field and for the non-specialist.
The sixth edition of this established text takes readers through the general background of the subject, the technical principles underlying the control of radiation hazards, radiation detection and measurement, and the biological effects of radiation. These principles are followed by a consideration of radiation protection issues in the nuclear industry, the non-nuclear sector, and the medical field. Further specialised topics include risk assessment, waste management and decommissioning, radiological incidents and emergencies, relevant legislation, and organizational issues.
Supplemented by clear diagrams and photographs, summary sections, and revision questions, the book is suitable for the beginner as well as the more advanced radiation practitioner. It remains an ideal primer for those working in the nuclear industry, nuclear medicine technicians, radiographers and medical physics technicians, health and safety executives and occupational health professionals. It is also an invaluable companion for anyone training or undertaking a course in radiation protection.
"Overall, the sixth edition of An Introduction to Radiation Protection maintains the high standards of its predecessors and should remain as a key reference text for those working in radiation protection."
—Journal of Radiation Protection
The structure of matter
Radioactivity and radiation
Biological effects of radiation
Natural and man-made radiation
The system of radiological protection
Radiation detection and measurement
The external radiation hazard
The internal radiation hazard
Practical health physics techniques
Radiation protection in the nuclear industry
Radioactive waste and the decommissioning of radioactive facilities
Radiation protection in the non-nuclear industry
Radiation protection in medicine
Radiological incidents and emergencies
Legislation and regulations related to radiation protection
The organization and administration of radiation protection services
Appendix A: Relationship of units
Appendix B: Answers to numerical questions