Radiation Therapy Instrumentation 2B

Course code MRSC2570
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course discusses the principles and operation of equipment used in radiation therapy.



  • Semester 2 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the principles involved in radiation treatment using photons, electrons and beam modifiers

2. Discuss the dosimetry principles and equipment used in Radiation Therapy

3. Explain the principles involved in radiation planning and treatment verification

4. Discuss the dosimetry principles used in treatment verification

5. Explain the different quality assurance tests in RT

6. Describe radiation protection principles in RT


This course will include the following items:

1. Treatment Planning
a. Photons
b. Electrons

2. Beam Modifications
a. Sheilding
b. Wedges
c. Compensators

3. Ion Chambers
a. Dosimetry
b. Free Air
c. Thimble Chambers
d. Parallel Plate Chambers
e. Phantoms

a. Definition and Purpsoe
b. Beam Modulation
c. Arc Therapy
d. Tomotherapy

5. Advanced Treatment Planning
a. Simple 3D
b. Complex 3D
c. Planning Algorithms

6. Brachytherapy
a. Permanent Implants
b. Temporary Implants
c. Radioactive Sources
d. Treatment Planning Systems

7. Dosimetry & Dose Verification
a. Equipment
b. Verification methods
c. Treatment Dosimetry

8. Radiation Protection in RT
a. Radiation Units
b. Dose Limits
c. Sheilding
d. Monitoring Equipment


This course is only available to students enrolled in the B MRS (Radiation Therapy). Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHYS1250.

Assumed Knowledge

MRSC2501: MRS Instrumentation IIA

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Exam

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial is an optional attendance for students requiring additional support