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Pharmaceutical Radioisotopes

The instructor will first recall the basic information related to the atomic structure and the difference between stable and radioactive isotopes. The main types of radiation will be discussed in details: their origin, energy, interaction with matter, detection and finally the protection and shielding from each type.

After this major introductory part; the biological effect of radiation will be discussed followed by their medical application in diagnosis and therapy. Production of radionuclides and quality control issues specific to radiopharmaceuticals will be discussed. Finally, students will be introduced to the safety precautions that should be taken in dealing with radioactive substances.