MRS Physics & Radiation Protection

Course code PHYS1250Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

This course develops foundation knowledge of physics and instrumentation, radiobiology & radiation protection associated with Medical Radiation Science (MRS). Issues discussed include physical principles and instrumentation associated with diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine, including interaction of radiation with matter.
Radiobiology, radiation protection, measurement and detection of radiation and determinants of image quality are also discussed.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Explain how ionizing radiation is produced for imaging as well as for treatment.
2. Describe how the quality of an X-ray beam is characterized (quantity & quality), and its determinants.
3. Describe the associated equipment used for producing an image and for improving image quality.
4. Understand the biological effect that occurs when radiation interacts with the body.
5. Describe the various dosimetric quantities used to describe radiation dose.
6. Describe the equipment used for the detection of radiation.
7. Understand the principles of radiation protection.
8. Solve problems involved in radiation protection and dose reduction.
ContentTopics will include:
1. Production of X-ray beams in diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy
2. Production of radiopharmaceuticals
3. Characteristics of radiation
4. Image quality and methods used to improve image quality
5. Radiobiology
6. Principles of Radiation Protection
7. Radiation Protection in Practice
8. Radiation Measurement
Replacing Course(s)MRSC1550
TransitionNo students will be disadvantaged by this proposal.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC1010
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid Semester Exam
Examination: FormalEnd of Semester Exam. Students must score at least 40% in the final exam. A supplementary exam will be offered to students who do not met this requirement.
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentStudents must score at least 40% in the Final Exam to pass this course to ensure knowledge based learning outcomes are met. Those who do not meet this requirement will be offered a supplementary examination. Two 2000 level MRS courses have pre-requisites which require a pass in this course.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS1250