Elective Course

This course is designed to cover the basic principles of radiation biology as it pertains to radiation interactions with biological systems, the short and long term consequences, regulatory issues and the underlying science, nuclear and radiological accidents and health effects, radiological terrorism, and countermeasures. Radiological hazards will be defined in the contact of radiological dispersal devices (dirty bombs) and other nuclear devices. Relative radiation risks and consequences as a function of exposure to photons (X- and gamma-rays), beta particles, alpha particles, and neutrons will be addressed. Concepts relating to radiation detection systems, biological exposure and the inverse square law, LD-50 for bone marrow and GI toxicity, and long-term effects such as mutagenesis, carcinogenesis, and birth defects will be covered along with information on currently available medical and chemical interventions to reduce these risks such as the use of radiation protector, mitigators, and chelation therapy drugs.