Professional Development / Perfectionnement professionnel
CNSC Practical Instrumentation Information Session
Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31
Having the right instruments for the job is important to radiation protection personnel. Radiation measurements are essential in order to assess, verify, or demonstrate the credibility and effectiveness of a radiation protection program. This session will explore different types of instruments and provide hands-on, practical exercises using radiation detection instrumentation. Limitations of electronic personal dosimeters and response to skin contamination incidents will also be discussed.
Radiation Shielding—A Lost Art?
Friday, May 31
Is radiation shielding a lost art? Are modern computer resources making non–Monte Carlo techniques for radiation shielding obsolete? Do we always need a voxelized phantom model when a blob of water may well do the job?
This course will explore these questions and provide some insight into the evolution of radiation shielding calculations and design.
For the radiation protection professional, radiation shielding represents the primary engineered barrier for the prevention of external dose, and it is an essential component of any ALARA (“as low as reasonably achievable”) program. As such, radiation protection personnel and engineers must work hand-in-hand to ensure the safety of shielding design.
This presentation will briefly review the history of radiation shielding, provide an overview of key concepts related to neutron and gamma radiation shielding calculations, and discuss a variety of applications, including specific examples from medical X-ray facilities, radiation sources, and power reactors. The overall goals of radiation shielding will be presented with the intent of providing a general refresher on the importance of radiation shielding.