Sources of Radiation Exposure

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Effective use of protective equipment requires a clear understanding of the sources of ionising radiation that a patient is exposed to while undergoing a radiological investigation. These sources include the primary beam and secondary radiation from several sources. Knowledge of the relative intensity of each of these sources should guide radiation protection practice. There has been confusion evident in the literature concerning the terminology, generation process, and relative intensity of some of these sources of secondary radiation. This chapter aims to provide the current knowledge available to help guide protection practice for all professional groups engaged in the examination of patients.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGuidance on using shielding on patients for diagnostic radiology applications
PublisherBritish Institute of Radiology
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


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