RADON 204 Treatment Planning III • 5 Cr.
Presents additional special treatment techniques used in radiation therapy. Topics include moving beam, electron beam, orthovoltage therapy, matching fields, weighted fields, irregular fields, and three-dimensional treatment planning. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Evaluate the appropriate clinical situations for using electron beam or orthovoltage beam therapy
- Identify the physical limitations for electron beam therapy
- Compare moving beam dose distributions to stationary beam dose distributions
- Calculate point doses for weighted treatment fields
- Design models for tabulation of weighted field doses
- Identify clinical situations involving adjacent fields
- Examine the issues of adjacent field treatments
- Analyze scatter distribution for shaped fields
- Apply specific models for determining the scatter component for high energy photon beams
- Evaluate the differences between 2D and 3D calculation computations and dose distributions
- Examine the use of new technologies such as IMRT and Stereotactic radiation therapy
- Spring 2015 (current quarter)