The E-Learning in Nuclear Medicine was developed by the Asian School of Nuclear Medicine (ASNM) through the TC regional project, RAS/0/047 to respond to the need for continuing education of physicians, technologists and other allied professionals working in Nuclear Medicine. ASNM is the collaborating member of the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) and is involved in some educational activities of the IAEA.
Ten various cases on different types of organ-system were collected from nine member countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Thailand). About 100 cases covered the following organ-systems:
Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology/Hepatobiliary, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Pediatrics, Nephrology/Urology, Infection, Muskulo-skeletal, Ophthalmology.
Material details: v.1, ENG, PDF
Although medical physicists, especially clinical medical physicists working in hospitals, have in-depth knowledge in radiation dosimetry, including dose reconstruction and dose measurements, they are usually not involved in Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (NRE) situations. However, in a few instances where medical physicists were involved in NREs, it appeared that many lacked some specific knowledge and skills that are required in such situations. This lack of specific knowledge and skills is probably due to the fact that most current medical physics curricula do not include a specific module on this topic. As a response to this finding, the IAEA, in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) and the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), developed a specific training package to help prepare medical physicists to support NRE situations. The training package was developed with the kind support of the Government of Japan and in collaboration with Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS). The package was endorsed by the Japan Society of Medical Physics (JSMP).
The training package was applied for the first time at the International Workshop that was held in 2015, in Fukushima, with the support of FMU and NIRS. Using lessons learnt and experience acquired during the first Workshop, the IAEA teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) (International Programs) to organize the 2nd Train the trainers Workshop on Medical Physics Support for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies. The workshop was held in Atlanta, Georgia, on 23-27 May 2016, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Radiation Studies Branch), and supported by the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS). The Emory University School of Medicine made the Emory Center for Experiential Learning available for the practical exercise portion of the workshop in collaboration with the Department of Emergency Medicine.
This online course contains material developed during:
- 1st Train the Trainers Workshop on Medical Physics Support for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies, 22-26 June 2015, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan
- 2nd Train the Trainers Workshop on Medical Physics Support for Nuclear or Radiological Emergencies, 23-27 May 2016, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA