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Radiation Protection and Medical Applications

Module MEMA-STRB002

This Module is offered by TUM Medical Education Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

MEMA-STRB002 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Imaging in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 75 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


- Epidemiological evidence of long-term health effects in population cohorts exposed to radiation in medicine, occupation and nuclear accidents and in particular the Japanese Atom-bomb survivors.
- History of radiation protection and the international organizations involved in setting standards of radiation protection
- Introduction into concepts, dose specification and risk/benefit balance. Legal regulations of radiation protection
- Introduction into radiological procedures in the diagnosis and therapy of diseases and the associated radiation exposures. Risk/benefit in radiation therapy and diagnosis.
- Applications of reactor neutrons in medicine and biomedical research
- Demonstrations of the function of hardware used in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.
- Diagnostic concepts in nuclear medicine based on the tracer method and its application in oncological and non-oncological questions

Learning Outcome

After participating in module 2 of the TUM MSc Radiation Biology students acquire the competence
- to understand the indications of the different radiological imaging methods and the associated radiation exposures of the patients and the technical and anatomical factors which influence exposure,
- to understand and apply the rules and regulations of occupational radiation protection and of radiation protection of the general population and patients undergoing diagnostic or interventional procedures involving radiation.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Lecture Radiation Protection and Medical Applications Bartzsch, S. Ganter, C. Karampinos, D. Kessel, C. Münch, S. … (insgesamt 11)
Responsible/Coordination: Combs, S.
Assistants: Scheidhauer, K.
Tue, 13:00–14:30, 51.0.52
Tue, 15:00–16:30, 51.0.52
SE 1 Seminar Radiation Protection and Medical Applications Dobiasch, S. Münch, S. Mustafa, M. Pfeiffer, D. Schmid, T. Thu, 10:30–11:30
Tue, 17:00–18:00
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Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of lectures, demonstrations, seminars and tutorials. Teaching is performed as an integrated program of organ specific blocks. 15 hours will be dedicated to radiation protection, 45 hours will be dedicated to diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology, 15 hours to seminars. The fundamentals of radiation protection (historical and current), the effect of radiation and the use of radiation in medicine (Nuclear medicine, Radiology and Radiooncology) will be taught in a constitutive block of lectures of 1-2 weeks. The lectures with focus on medicine will be supplemented by demonstrations in clinical diagnostics and therapy to clarify the useful application of radiation. In the seminars, both examples of radiation protection and medical applications of radiation will be presented and discussed.


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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The written module examination tests whether the competences described above have been achieved by requesting the answer in free text to questions related to radiation protection issues in specific aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. Duration: 120 min.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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