A Chest X-Ray is Equal to 10 Days of Natural Radiation
Is Radiation Bad?

Created by: Rebecca Berger, Cape Fear Community College

About the Series:

This instructional lesson is part of NC-NET's Creating Integrated Instruction series of faculty-developed integrated projects. Interdisciplinary teams of faculty collaborated to develop classroom-ready materials that:

  • Integrate career and technical content and academic concepts—reinforcing both
  • Use real-world scenarios to engage students and make content relevant
  • Foster critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills valued by employers
  • Encourage instructors to use active, authentic assessment techniques

Project Description:

In this project, students will make connections between biological responses, radiosensitivity among different organs, and implementation of safe exposure practices to minimize radiation dose to the patient.

Estimated Duration:

Approximately three class periods.

Appropriate Course(s) for Implementation:

  • RAD 111/112 (Procedures 1 and 2)
  • RAD 241 (Radiobiology)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 163, 168, 169)

Files for Instructors:

Begin by downloading the Project Template (first file below). It provides the project overview and references the use of all the other required files, provided below.

  1. Is Radiation Bad - Project Template
  2. Project Activity Instructions for Faculty
  3. Instructions for Students
  4. BERT Worksheet
  5. Calculation Worksheet for Tissue Sensitivity
  6. Calculation Worksheet for Tissue Sensitivity Answer Key
  7. Cellular Replication and the Law of Bergonie and Tribondeau Worksheet
  8. Cellular Replication and the Law of Bergonie and Tribondeau Worksheet Answer Key
  9. Project Rubric
  10. Student Self Evaluation Rubric
  11. Lecture Slide Deck