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Radiation physics, biology, and protection 

Radiation physics, biology, and protection
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Radiation physics, biology, and protection
Author(s):

Nikant Sabharwal

, Parthiban Arumugam

, and Andrew Kelion

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759942.003.0002
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date: 02 July 2022

This chapter explains the basics of radiation physics, including an explanatory section on atoms and nuclei, and detail on radioactive decay including statistics. The interaction of X-ray and gamma photons with matter is also explained. Detail is provided on radiation exposure, including acute and late biological effects, and the principles and practical applications of radiation protection. A section on key UK legislation relevant to nuclear cardiology lists important medicines regulations and acts relating to radioactive substances.

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