Ionizing radiation is widely used
in our daily life. From industry to health to daily consumer products, commonly
used in International use of radiation
in industry, health and power production is increasing rapidly. Radiation
sources are utilized daily in hospitals, factories, educational institutions
and many other establishments such as food processing and preservation.
Radiation in the form of x-rays, gamma-rays, ultra-violet and infra-red is
utilized daily, in medical imaging, and radiotherapy, in material analysis, in
communications, in quality control and in many other activities. Moreover,
natural radioactivity (background) surrounds us and is an integral part of our
environment. However, the application of radiation sources requires a lot of
care and high level of awareness of their hazards as well as their potential.
Therefore the purpose of this research group will be to research into the
different fields of radiation physics and its applications.
The group will be
comprised of a number of scientists from various disciplines with a common
interest in radiation physics and its applications, concentrating mainly, on
the use of radiation for analysis and the monitoring of radioactivity in the
environment. Also of interest are the medical applications of radiation,
especially in the areas of medical imaging and radiotherapy. Furthermore, one
of the prime objectives of the group will be to educate the community at large
on the hazards of radiation sources, and through its research, disseminate
information pertaining to radiation protection and international standards to
the relevant regional and national institutions and agencies.