Ionising radiation is regularly used for the benefit of patients either in diagnosing or treating medical conditions. In this section you will learn about the different types of licence that can be issued for the use of ionising radiation for medical purposes.
Licences may be granted for the following medical purposes:
- medical diagnosis – including radiology, cardiology, nuclear medicine, endocrinology, sentinel node biopsy, musculoskeletal, haematology, general practice, medical specialist, bone densitometry, breath testing and otolaryngology
- medical therapy – including oncology, ophthalmology, nuclear medicine, endocrinology, haematology, palliative, rheumatology, blood irradiation and liver cancer
- dental diagnosis
- diagnostic imaging – including medical radiography and nuclear medicine imaging
- other medical purposes – including research on humans, podiatric, chiropractic, and medical physics.
Cores of knowledge set out the basic level of radiation safety knowledge an applicant must demonstrate to be granted a licence. They are available for:
- Use of DEXA bone densitometers for medical diagnosis and/or research (doc, 104 KB)
- Use of I-131 for treatment of thyroid disease (doc, 107 KB)
- Use of irradiating apparatus for medical imaging (cardiology, urology, orthopaedic and vascular procedures) (doc, 104 KB)
- Use of radioactive material for medical diagnostic purposes (doc, 114 KB)
- Use of technetium-99m for sentinel node biopsy (doc, 110 KB)