Medical Dosimetry Course Work

Medical Dosimetry

 

HAN 401 Radiobiology and Health Physics (3 credits): Presents an overview of the biological effects of radiation by examining the interaction of radiation with matter, macromolecules, cells, tissue and the whole body. Studies the clinical impact of responses to radiation. Introduces students to radiation safety through topics such as biologic consequences of irradiation, regulatory limitation of exposure, methods for exposure minimization, and radiation monitoring. Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major. Prerequisite: HAN 395.

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. Prerequisite: HAN 395.

HAN 487 Introduction to Treatment Planning (4 credits): PProvides 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. The lab component will explore radio-graphical 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 (DVH) and electron planning, including, but not limited to 3-Dimensional (3D) planning vs. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy.  Restricted to students approved for appropriate senior year track in the Health Science major. Prerequisite: HAN 395.

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. Prerequisite: HAN 395.