Practical Course in Reference Dosimetry

Specialism: Radiation

Skill Level: Advanced Level

Delivery Method: Classroom

Duration: 3 days

Course Status: Available

Price: £1,374

Course description

The course will consist of introductory lectures that cover:

  • Basic quantities and units.
  • An overview of dosimetry and the evaluation of uncertainties.
  • Practical advice on the handling and maintenance of secondary standard and field instruments, with an emphasis placed on recognising and dealing with measurement problems.


There will also be four separate practical sessions on:

  • Dosimetry of kV X-rays, covering both in-air and in-water measurements.
  • High-energy photons (Co-60 gamma-rays and 4 MV to 19 MV X-rays).
  • Electrons.
  • High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, including a session covering check source measurements.


The practical sessions will cover all areas of measurement, including basic metrology, estimating uncertainties and applying corrections.

Who is it for?

Primarily aimed at new/junior radiotherapy physicists.

Further Information

Certificate Type: NPL Certificate of Attendance
Available as open course: Yes
Available as in-house course: Yes

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Learning outcomes

  • Develop a good fundamental, theoretical and practical understanding of all aspects of reference dosimetry for kV X-rays, photons, electrons and HDR brachytherapy sources.
  • Be familiar with the UK primary standards used in reference dosimetry.
  • Understand the current Codes of Practice for kV X-rays, high-energy photons and electrons, and their application.
  • Be able to carry out basic metrology in reference dosimetry, including the application of correction factors and evaluation of uncertainties.

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Register your interest for this course below, or contact us on 020 8943 6615 or 020 8943 6164.

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