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This course investigates the principles and practices of modern radiotherapy procedures. Students are introduced to advanced techniques in external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy and the fundamentals of quality assurance in a radiation oncology facility. The advancements in radiotherapy technologies have resulted in variety of complex treatment options that offers unique benefits to
patients of varying caner types. The medical physicist must have a good understanding of these treatment options to complement the multidisciplinary oncology teams. This is a core course for the qualification of clinical medical physicists.
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Apply the principles and competencies required in brachytherapy.
2. Implement concepts of advanced radiotherapy treatment planning and dose calculation.
3. Explain the use of ionization chambers for relative and absolute determination of absorbed dose to water in radiotherapy beams.
4. Assess factors influencing a dose measurement.
5. Apply concept and principles of an acceptance testing and commissioning programme.
6. Implement a quality assurance programme