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Imaging Equipment in Radiotherapy

Semester 1

Clinical Training course designed to introduce the student to the practical use and integration of the main imaging equipment found in typical radiation oncology departments. Students will be actively involved in the use of CT simulators and fluoroscopic x-ray equipment for the acquisition of patient images in radiotherapy. The advancement of medical imaging has been critical to the development of radiotherapy. Computed tomography (CT) is pivotal in treatment planning and remains the primary three-dimensional imaging modality used for dose calculation. Newer image modalities, such as magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and positron emission tomography (PET), are also used secondarily in the treatment-planning process. They supplement the CT ability to visualize and characterize tumors. Clinical medical physicists must become familiar with imaging equipment to optimize their use, and to advise on acquisition as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Fluoroscopic simulator
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Film processors
  • Computed Radiography,
  • Digital Radiography
  • One Written Report (2000 words) 20%
  • Clinical Evaluation 80%
Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Use CT-Simulators to acquire images in radiotherapy
2. Explain the requirements for a CT simulator to be used for radiotherapy
3. Use Fluoroscopic x-ray equipment to acquire images in brachytherapy
4. Explain the requirements for Fluoroscopic x-ray equipment to be used for imaging in brachytherapy

MDPH6215, MDPH6260, MDPH6240
Course Code: 
1 Credits
Level 2
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