RADON 104 Radiation Therapy Physics I • 3 Cr.
Explores principles of physics as applied to radiation therapy. Topics include forces of nature, atomic structure, radioactive decay, and specific activity and beam intensity calculations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Discuss the three laws of thermodynamics
- Describe the fundamental forces of nature and their application in radiation therapy physics
- Analyze atomic structure and its application in the production of X-rays
- Explain radioactivity and the process of radioactive decay
- Solve equations and interpret graphs involving natural logarithms
- Discuss the use of brachytherapy sources for cancer treatment and the radiation safety procedures when working with brachytherapy sources
- Analyze the interactions of photons with matter as they relate to radiography and radiation therapy
- Analyze the factors that affect beam quality