RADON 105 Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy I • 2 Cr.
Explores the machines and treatment delivery accessories used during administration of radiation therapy. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Analyze and accurately apply the special quantities and units for radiation therapy.
- Compare and contrast the use of brachytherapy and external beam for radiation therapy treatments.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of low energy radiation therapy treatments.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of high-energy radiation therapy treatments.
- Analyze the source design used in the Colbalt-60 treatment machine.
- Discuss the use of the Cobalt-60 treatment machine in the treatment of patients who have cancer.
- Describe the major components of a modern medical linear accelerator.
- Analyze the use newer technologies, such as independent jaws, multileaf collimators, dynamic wedges and real-time portal imaging associated with modern medical linear accelerators.
- Analyze the appropriate use of beam directional devices, bolus, blocks, wedges and compensators in megavoltage radiation therapy treatments.
- Compare and contrast the purpose of wedges and compensators in megavoltage radiation therapy treatments.