The ‘Radiation Protection for Cardiology’ e-learning course has been developed by the British Institute of Radiology in collaboration with representatives from the Royal College of Physicians’ Specialist Advisory Committee in Cardiology, scientists involved in the delivery of radiation protection courses for cardiologists (Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester), clinicians, radiographers and HEE e-Learning for Healthcare.
The course specifically addresses the requirements of the Training Curriculum in Cardiology, in particular the need for trainee cardiologists to have completed a course on the Ionising Radiation [Medical Exposure] Regulations (IR[ME]R). Experienced cardiologists will find the material useful as a refresher or a means of demonstrating continuing education.
The course consists of six 30-minute sessions, namely:
Principles of Ionising Radiation
- Factors Affecting Radiation Dose
Patient Safety Regulations
Staff Safety Regulations
Alternative Imaging Modalities
Use of Contrast Agents
The material is tailored to the needs of cardiologists with practical examples drawn from the cardiac catheter laboratory. Later sessions also explore other imaging techniques that may be relevant to cardiologists (e.g. CT, MR and ultrasound) and provide an introduction to topics such as the use of nuclear medicine in specialised cardiology training.
The course is highly interactive and includes examples and photographs taken from the working environment. An assessment is included at the end of each session and a certificate is issued on completion of the course.