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This course provides an introduction to the production and properties of directly and indirectly ionizing radiation and their interactions with matter. The course explores basic theoretical and experimental aspects of radiation dosimetry. Dosimetry is a fundamental principle upon which Medical Physics is based. A physicist operating in a clinical environment must possess a good knowledge and understanding of the principles of the interaction of radiation with matter and the mechanisms of dose transfer and deposit.
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Classify radiation types.
2. Describe radiation interaction with matter.
3. Describe energy transfer and dose deposition.
4. Perform calculations relating to dose transfer and deposit.
5. Perform calculations related to concepts of radioactive decay.
6. Explain the detection and measurement of radiation.