Radiation Safety in Veterinary Medicine


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Amy is a veterinary technician positioning an animal for an x-ray. She is wearing a lead lined apron, gloves, glasses, and thyroid collar. She is holding the cat in such a way that her hand is in the path of the primary beam but that hand has a lead lined glove on. Is Amy doing anything wrong?

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1. The main beam of radiation emitted from an x-ray tube is called:

2. What's the name for a badge that measures the amount of cumulative ionizing radiation exposure endured by an individual?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess the importance of radiation safety while working in a veterinary clinic. You will be quizzed on the potential dangers of radiation exposure and an item that's worn to measure the amount of scatter radiation absorbed by a person.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz to review:

  • A radiation exposure example
  • The main beam of radiation emitted from an x-ray tube
  • Potential health risks from being exposed to too much radiation
  • Type of radiation that is concerning when working with radiation equipment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on radiation safety
  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about the health risks of radiation exposure in a different light
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as dosimetry badge and primary beam

Additional Learning

Expand your knowledge base of safety precautions by reviewing the related lesson called Radiation Safety in Veterinary Medicine. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify which type of radiation is harmful to human health
  • Understand the importance of inspecting safety materials before each use
  • Discover how to protect the body from radiation exposure
  • Define scatter radiation
  • Learn about the importance of keeping track of how much radiation a person is exposed to