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Radiotherapy equipment, calibration, phantoms, radiotherapy dosimetry, beam data, beam modifiers, patient positioning, quality assurance.
The purpose of this paper is to provide students with a general basic understanding of the practice and principles of radiotherapy physics, suitable as a background for entry into a training program in medical physics, in particular radiation oncology medical physics.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:· Describe the basic principles underlying radiotherapy methods· Understand the principles of radiotherapy equipment· Understand the characteristics of clinical beams and their measurements· Describe and understand basic quality control procedures for equipment inradiotherapy· Understand dosimetry measurements used in radiotherapy· Understand basic treatment planning in radiotherapy· Discuss a range of clinical applications
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Assessment15% Report10% Presentation15% Mid-term test60% Final exam
Additional Reading:P. Metcalf, T. Kron, P. Hoban, The Physics of Radiotherapy X-rays from Linear Accelerators,Medical Physics Publishing, 1997J. Van Dyk (Ed.), The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology: A Compendium for MedicalPhysicists and Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physics Publishing, 19992Last updated: 10-Jul-13J. Van Dyk (Ed.), The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology, Volume 2: A Compendiumfor Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physics Publishing, 2005J. Van Dyk (Ed.), The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology, Volume 3: A Compendiumfor Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physics Publishing, 2013
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Domestic fee $1,114.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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