AAUP was the first Palestinian university to provide the TLD device among its philosophy to build a safe training environment for its student, as the Radiography Department in the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences in AAUP has provided this device in order to measure the X-Ray dose that students are exposed to during the practical training.
The Thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) is a device to measure the X-Ray doses that individuals either Medical Imaging Technicians or students in their practical training can be exposed to. TLD work depends on measuring the ionizing radiation by measuring the intensity of the visible light that comes from Calcium Fluoride and Lithium Fluoride crystals when being heated.
The Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences found it a good idea to provide this device to be used on students. The faculty also focused that students wear the uniform of the practical training before using the device in order to have an accurate reading for the sensitive body parts like the Thyroid. And so, the department guarantees the safety of the Radiography Department students from the radiation, especially that the radiation must not exceed the limit that is allowed by the ICRP. Providing this device and caring for the safety of students comes particularly because students of the Radiography Department have their practical training in X-Ray rooms and CT SCAN rooms.
Out of AAUP’s consideration and concern of the safety of its students, it provided this device according to the international standards of radiation safety. And so, after every practical training, the device will be used on each student to read the radiation level under collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and the readings will also be available to the ministry as a feedback for the medical institutions in Palestine. In addition to that, the department will also collaborate with the Radiography departments in the private and governmental institutions to work on solving any noticed error and providing solutions. The Radiography department in AAUP contributes in increasing the proficiency of ISO for the practical training in the university and both the governmental and private hospitals.