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Medical Dosimetry Course Work

Medical Dosimetry

 

HAN 402 Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology (3 credits): Provides basic radiographic anatomy from both the projection and cross sectional point of view.  Introduces to basic disease processes, including the nature and causes of disease and injury.  Examines these processes on medical images acquired through radiography, computed tomography, angiography, magnetic resonance, scintigraphy, emission computed tomography and ultrasonography.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.  Prerequisite:  HAN 395.

HAN 482 Introduction to Pathology (3 credits): Pathology is the branch of medicine devoted to the study and understanding of disease.  This course will introduce the student to the concept of disease.  The types of growth, causative factors and biological behavior of neoplastic diseases are discussed.  Staging procedures are introduced.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.

HAN 486 Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy (3 credits): Introduces practice and technical aspects of radiation therapy, including techniques specific to anatomical sites and treatment outcome statistics and options available to cancer patients.  Includes cancer statistics; epidemiology; etiology; patient education and assessment; a review of the emotional and physical needs of cancer patients; and pharmacology and drug administration.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.

HAN 487 Introduction to Treatment Planning (3 credits): Provides a detailed exploration of treatment planning in the field of radiation therapy.  Includes, but is not limited to, in-depth instruction in planning algorithms, data transfer, dose computation, plan evaluation and implementation, and Quality Assurance (QA).  Reviews and discusses a variety of treatment planning systems and treatment machines.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.

HAN 490 Fundamentals of Medical Dosimetry (3 credits): Covers a variety of Radiation Therapy disease sites that are fundamental to the planning competencies required during the clinical year.  Includes radio-geographical cross-sectional anatomy using Computerized Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) imaging; full-body anatomical contouring; tolerance doses for critical organs; patient treatment setup; immobilization devices; beam modifiers; Dose Volume Histograms and electron planning including but not limited to 3 Dimensional (3D) planning vs. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) of all competency sites.  Discussions include Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) protocols of all competency sites.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major.

HAN 492 Radiation Oncology/Medical Physics II (4 credits): Provides students interested in a career in medical dosimetry with an introduction to medical physics for radiation oncology.  This is the second course in a two-part series that provides the basis for further study of the applications of radiation oncology physics to radiation treatment planning and radiation dose calculations.   Covers topics such as radiation dose distribution, patient dose calculations, treatment planning, electron beam therapy, brachytherapy, modern treatment delivery, and radiation protection.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science program.