Radiation Therapy Instrumentation IIB

Course code MRSC2570Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course, radiation therapy students shall be able to:

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
ContentThis 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
TransitionTransitional arrangements will be done on a case-by-case basis. It is estimated that only 2-3 students will need transition between the old and new course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC2501: MRS Instrumentation IIA
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalExam covering Lectures 1 - 4:
Format: A series of questions, which may comprise MCQ, T/F and short answer questions
Time: Week 3
Examination: FormalExam covering Lectures 5 - 9:
Format: A series of questions, which may comprise MCQ, T/F and short answer questions
Time: Week 10
Examination: FormalExam covering Lectures 10 - 14:
Format: A series of questions, which may comprise MCQ, T/F and short answer questions
Time: Week 13
Online Learning ActivitiesStudent are required to read a research paper on radiation therapy treatments.

They are then required to post onto BB, the 5 moost important things that they learnt from the readings.
Other: (please specify)In order to pass this course, the student must obtain at least an average of 50% and a minimum of 40% in any assessment.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have completed PHYS1250.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC2570