At the end of the curricular unit the students should have achieved knowledge, skills and competences that will allow to:
- Understand differences between ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation; understand the radiation interaction with
matter; understand the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation with the human body.
- Identify differences in medical applications of radiation, namely in diagnostic and therapeutic processes.
- To know different diagnostic and therapeutic processes that use radiation.
- To have basic concepts in radiation protection.
Filipe Ribeiro Ferreira da Silva
Weekly - 2
Total - 68
Edward L. Alpen
Academic Press, 1998, 2nd Ed.
Electromagnetic Fields and Radiation
Riahd W. Y. Habash
Teaching methodology is focused on lectures. The teaching board will also present lectures by using e-learning
techniques. These lectures are transmitted to the students and supported in situ by the responsible of the curricular unit.
The last 8 hours are expected to be oral seminars in a Research topic (4 h) and visit to a hospital (4 h). The evaluation is
obtained through examination (40%), oral seminar presentation (40%) and visit report (20%).
The evaluation is obtained through examination (40%), oral seminar presentation (40%) and visit report (20%).
Curricular unit of Radiation Sciences is divided in 5 blocks:
Block 1 – Introduction: general concepts and units; ionizing and non-ionizing; the electromagnetic spectrum; (2 h)
Block 2 – Radiation interaction with matter: excitation and ionization processes; attenuation effects; Electromagnetic
radiation (X and γ rays); electrical charged particles (α and β particles), Auger electrons, electron beams, positrons,
protons and ions; Neutral particles (8 h)Block 3 – Radiation effect in the human body, non-ionizing radiation sources and biological effects of non-ionizing
radiation. Low energy electrons and its interaction with biological components. Ionizing radiation: applications in medicine
Block 4 – Radiation protection: dose concept and security rules (2 h)
Block 5 – Seminar in Research topic (4 h) and clinical visit (4 h)
Programs where the course is taught: