DOSM 301 Current Topics in Medical Dosimetry • 3 Cr.
Studies the role of the Medical Dosimetrist within a Radiation Oncology Department. Topics include professional issues, treatment planning, dose calculations, imaging, QA and special procedures. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate the role of medical dosimetrist within the radiation oncology team.
- Discuss professional issues and future challenges to profession.
- Compare simulation techniques and concerns for a given anatomical site of treatment.
- Assess the role of diagnostic imaging within radiation oncology and treatment planning.
- Define diagnostic protocols for various anatomic sites.
- Be able to evaluate the role of a network in treatment planning system configurations.
- Demonstrate the differences between UNIX and Windows based treatment planning systems.
- Be able to evaluate plans calculated for: a single plane (2D), 3D conformal, IMRT and SRS techniques.
- Discuss the role of a DVH and other dose reporting methods in a treatment plan.
- Define factors used to calculate the dose to a structure, point or MU setting for treatment.
- Be able to evaluate a Quality Assurance program for treatment planning and delivery of planned treatment and evaluate what to do if there is a discrepancy or treatment error.
- Demonstrate both what defines an acceptable plan for treatment delivery and a non-acceptable plan across multiple anatomical sites and modality of treatment.
- Discuss the calculations used for special procedures and techniques employed within a radiation oncology practice (TBI, Brachytherapy (LDR and HDR), and new treatment modalities (Rapid Arc and VMAT).