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Fundamentals of Clinical Radiation Physics and Dosimetry

Semester 1

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.

  • Module 1- Radiation Physics
    • Photon interactions
    • Neutron interactions
    •  Charged particle interactions
    • Scattering theories
    • Stopping power
  • Module 2 - Radiation Dosimetry
    • Quantities and units
    • Charged particle equilibrium
    • Cavity theory
    • Radiation Standards and Calibration
    • Radiation dosimeters
  • Coursework: 50%
    • Two In-course test (2 hours each) 40%
    • Laboratory exercise 10%
  • Final Exam 50%
    • One three-hour written paper 50%
Learning Objectives: 

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.

Course Code: 
2 Credits
Level 1
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