General Principles of Risk Assessment for Ionising Radiation

  • Jim MaloneEmail author
  • Geraldine O’Reilly
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB, volume 1)


This paper provides a general background to the topic of Risk Assessment with a view to applying it helpfully in ensuring safe application of Ionizing Radiations in Diagnostic Medical Imaging. Similar principles can be applied in Radiation Therapy.


Risks Risk assessment Radiation Equipment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Physics and BioengineeringTrinity College/St James’s HospitalDublin 8Ireland

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