RADON 201 Radiation Therapy Physics II • 3 Cr.
Explores interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, high-energy particle beams, measurement of radiation, calibration of radiation therapy treatment machines, and brachytherapy implants. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Describe the properties of particle beams and the equipment required to generate a particle beam.
- Describe the interactions of charged particles with matter.
- Evaluate the role of radiation protection in establishing occupational limits and room shielding.
- Explain the purpose of a quality assurance program and differentiate quality assurance from quality control.
- Analyze the factors that influence photon beams.
- Describe the major factors of photon beam attenuation.
- Describe various radiation detection instruments and identify the appropriate situations for the use if each instrument.
- Explain how correction factors for chamber calibration, temperature, pressure and other factors are used to correct a chamber reading.
- Describe the process for calibration of a basic x-ray machine and for a linear accelerator.
- Identify radioisotopes that are commonly used for brachytherapy procedures.
- Describe radiation safety procedures associated with brachytherapy sources and implants.