Basic Health Physics. Problems and Solutions. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2180299
  • March 2010
  • 768 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Designed to prepare candidates for the American Board of Health Physics Comprehensive Examination (Part I) and other certi¿ cation examinations, this monograph introduces professionals in the ¿ eld to radiation protection principles and their practical application in routine and emergency situations. It features more than 650 worked examples illustrating concepts under discussion along with in–depth coverage of sources of radiation, standards and regulations, biological effects of ionizing radiation, instrumentation, external and internal dosimetry, counting statistics, monitoring and interpretations, operational health physics, transportation and waste, nuclear emergencies, and more.Re¿ ecting for the first time the true scope of health physics at an intro–ductory level, Basic Health Physics: Problems and Solutions gives readers the tools to properly evaluate challenging situations in all areas of radiation protection.

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Part I Radiation Protection Fundamentals

1. Introduction

Part II Introduction to Radiation Protection

2. Dosimetric Quantities and Units

3. Natural and Human–Made Sources of Radiation Exposure

4. Standards and Regulations

5. Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation

6. Instrumentation

7. External Dosimetry –

Basic Source Geometries and Attenuation Relationships

8. Internal Dosimetry

9. ALARA and Shielding

10. Counting Statistics

Part III Applications

11. Monitoring and Interpretation

12. Operational Health Physics

13. Transportation and Waste

14. Nuclear Emergencies

Part IV Specialty Health Physics Areas

15. Medical Health Physics

16. University Health Physics

17. Fuel Cycle Health Physics

18. Research Reactor Health Physics

19. Power Reactor Health Physics

20. Environmental Health Physics

21. Accelerator Health Physics

22. Nonionizing Radiation

Part V Answers and Solutions

Part VI Appendices

I. Mathematical Review

II. Physical Constants

III. Particle Properties

IV. Supplementary Information for Gamma–Ray Dose Calculations

V. Selected Data on Radionuclides and Decay Relationships

VI. Electromagnetic and Mechanics Relationships

VII. Conversion Factors

VIII. Physical Quantities and their Units

VIV. Production Equations


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Joseph John Bevelacqua, PhD, CHP, is the President of Bevelacqua Resources. A theoretical nuclear physicist by training, Dr. Bevelacqua is a Certified Health Physicist and Certified Senior Reactor Operator and has over 30 years of professional experience. This experience includes the medical, fuel cycle, accelerator, power reactor, environmental, and non–ionizing areas. He was a key player in the Three Mile Island and Hanford cleanup activities, and is an active researcher with over 75 publications. His research areas include heavy ion cancer therapy, theoretical physics, and health physics applications. He recently received California University's Professional Excellence Award for his accomplishments.

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