Review: Artificial and Natural Radioactivity, Units of Radioactivity (Bq, Ci, etc). Modes of Radioactive decay, Activity, half life and mean life of radio nuclides.

Basic Radiation Physics: Formation of radio nuclides, Interaction of Radiation (Charged Particles and Photons) with matter, Interaction of neutrons with matter, Human Exposure to Radiation.

Radiation Dosimetry: Absorbed Dose, Exposure, Exposure-Dose Relationship, Measurement of Absorbed Dose and Exposure, Dose Evaluation, Inhaled and Ingested radioactivity, Internally deposited radioisotopes.

Biological effects of Radiation: Dose-Response Characteristics, Acute and Delayed effects of Radiation, Risk Coefficient estimates, Quality factor and Radiation Weighting Factor.

Health Physics Instruments: Radiation Detectors: gas filled particle counters, Scientillation Counters, semiconductor detectors. Dose Measuring Instrument: Personal Monitoring (Pocket dosimeters, Film Badges), Thermoluminsence and electronic dosimeters, survey meters. Detection of Neutrons.

Nuclear Medicine: Introduction, Radiopharmaceuticals, Collimeters, Gamma camera, X-Radiography, Computed Tomography, SPECT & PET. Introduction to MRI, Ultrasound in medicine, Radiation Therapy.

Recommended Text:
1. Camber H., “Introduction to Health Physics”, 3rd Edition, Pergamon Press (1996).
2. Rachel. A. Powsner, & Edward R. Powsner; “Essential of Nuclear Medicine”, Black well Science, (1998).
3. Bushberg J T, Seibert J A et al., “The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging”, Williams and Wilkins (1994).
4. William R, Hendee and Russel Ritenour, “Medical Imaging Physics”, 3rd Edition, Mosby-Year Book (1992).
5. J.E. Coggle, “Biological Effects of Radiation”, 2nd Edition, Taylor & Francis ltd, (1983).
6. Knoll G.F, “Radiation Detection and Measurements”, 2nd Edition , John Wiley (1990)
7. Martin and Harbison, “An Introduction to Radiation Protection” 3rd Edition, Chapman & Hill (1986).
8. William R, Handee Geoffrey S. Ibbott, “Radiation Therapy Physics”, 2nd Edition, Mosby-Year Book Inc. (1996).
9. Lilley J. S. “Nuclear Physics Principles and Applications”, John Wiley, (2003).
10. Murray R.L, “Nuclear Energy”, Butter Worth-Heinemann; (2001).