Radiation Safety in the Operating Room

Radiation Safety in the Operating Room

3.75 CE Credits
Expiry date: November 1, 2024

A continuing education course covering everything a technologist in the operating room needs to know about radiation safety and protection practices.


  • Approved by the ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) for 3.75 Category A CE Credits
  • Subscription duration: 365 days from purchase date
  • Downloadable transcript available
  • Meets the CE requirements of the following states: California, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New Mexico
  • Meets ARRT® CE reporting requirements
  • Accepted by the NMTCB®
  • Hassle-free 30-day full refund policy*

Radiation Safety in the Operating Room is a continuing education course for radiologic technologists that covers the radiation safety techniques that are currently used in the operating room when ionizing radiation is needed. While intraoperative imaging is especially important in minimally invasive operations, radiation exposure during these procedures continues to be a major source of concern for patients, surgeons, and other staff in the operating room.

This course highlights radiation measurements and the occupational exposure guidelines, as well as the dangers and risks related to radiation exposure. It also explains the core concepts of radiation protection and describes the personal radiation measurement devices and protective apparel that should be available and properly used by the concerned operating room staff.

Radiation Safety in the Operating Room is a specialty course designed for RTs in operating theaters, and is not particularly suited for technologists who do not perform this role. Students in radiologic technology programs will find this course accessible and interesting, and may find it useful for enhance their knowledge of the field.

Discipline Major content category & subcategories CE Credits provided
CT-2017 Safety
Radiation Safety and Dose 1.00
CT-2022 Safety
Radiation Safety and Dose 1.00
NMT-2017 Safety
Radiation Physics, Radiobiology, and Regulations 1.75
NMT-2022 Safety
Radiation Physics, Radiobiology, and Regulations 1.75
RA-2018 Safety
Patient Safety, Radiation Protection, and Equipment Operation 2.75
RA-2023 Safety
Patient Safety, Radiation Protection, and Equipment Operation 2.75
RAD-2017 Safety
Radiation Physics and Radiobiology 1.50
Radiation Protection 2.25
RAD-2022 Safety
Radiation Physics and Radiobiology 1.50
Radiation Protection 2.25
THR-2017 Safety
Radiation Physics, Equipment, and Quality Assurance 1.00
Radiation Protection 1.75
THR-2022 Safety
Radiation Physics and Radiobiology 1.00
Radiation Physics, Equipment Operation, and Quality Assurance 1.75
Section 1: Introduction
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Need for radiation protection
  • Justification for radiographic procedures
  • Radiation protection responsibilities
  • Patient protection and education
  • Sources of ionizing radiation
  • Radiation effects
  • Fundamental principles
  • Hormesis
  • Dose limits
Section 2: Interactions with Matter
  • Interactions within the X-ray tube
  • Interactions with matter
Section 3: RP in the Operating Room
  • Introduction
  • The implication of medical imaging in the operating room
  • Radiation measurements
  • Recommended radiation dose thresholds
  • Dangers and risks of exposure to ionizing radiation in the OR
  • Core concepts of radiation protection techniques in the OR
  • Personal radiation measurement devices for OR staff
  • Radiation protection apparel and barriers used in the OR
  • Conclusion
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