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Information Technology and Equipment in Radiation Medicine

Semester 1

This is a theoretical course designed to introduce students to the application of Information technology (IT) for improving the efficiency of the day-to-day activities of modern radiation medicine facilities. The course outlines the use of equipment, information management systems, and the digital standards now commonplace in clinical practice. It is difficult to imagine the world of medicine
without the utilization of information technology. IT contributes to all aspects of medicine from simple procedures such as the issuing of medication, to more complex clinical procedures such as cardiac transplants. Today modern radiation medicine facilities rely heavily on IT to improve the quality and efficiency of the services they provide. This new approach impacts largely on medical physicists and their role within the department. Physicists must therefore adapt and be ready to tackle the impending technology and the challenges they will present.

  • Medical Informatics
  • Hospital Information Systems
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Picture archiving and communication Systems
  • DICOM Standards
  • Coursework: 40%
    • One In-course test (2 hour) 20%
    • One Technical Report 20%
  • Final Exam 50%
    • One three-hour written paper 50%
Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Explain the use electronic communication standards (e.g., Ethernet, FTP, DICOM, DICOM-RT, HL7) in medical information systems
2. Identify the types and applications of databases in Radiation Medicine
3. Apply knowledge of information systems to Radiation Medicine
4. Retrieve relevant information from DICOM Image headers
5. Utilize digital media for clinical use

Course Code: 
2 Credits
Level 1
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