Division of Medical Physics

Radiation Dosimetry I

UT HSC Medical Physics Course MPHY 6120/8120 (CRN: 56283/56269)
3 credit hours
Fall semester 2017

Class Time:   Monday 1:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Office Hours:   Before/after class or by appointment
Instructor: Diana Shvydka, PhD, DABR
Text Book: H. E. Johns and J. R. Cunningham
Physics of Radiology, 4th edition, Charles C. Thomas, 1983
Self-study Books: 

E. B. Podgorsak, Compendium to Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists
(Access to the e-book version is available through UT library)

H. E. Johns and J. R. Cunningham,
Solutions to selected problems from the Physics of Radiology, Fourth Edition,
Charles C. Thomas, 1991

Grading:

The final grade is determined based on relative performance of the class using the following scheme:

6 quizzes:  50%
Midterm exam:  25%
Final exam:  25%

Quiz/exam grades

Syllabus

Chapter

Date

Homework

Exam/Quiz

 1-2. Review of basic concepts. Production and properties of x rays

 08/21

 Ch.1:6,15,18,25,32
 Ch.2:7,10,16,19,20

 

 3. The fundamentals of nuclear physics

 08/28

 2,13,18,20,21,24

 Quiz Ch. 1-2

  ****Labor day – no class

 09/04

 

 

 4. High energy machines

 09/11

 4,5,7,8,9

 

 5. The interaction of ionizing radiation with matter

 09/18

 1,10,11,16,19,24

 Quiz Ch. 3-4

 6. The basic interactions between photons and charged particles with matter

 09/25

 2,11,20,22,26,34

 

 7-8. Measurement of radiation: dosimetry concepts and theory. The quality of x rays and half-value layer

 10/02

 Ch.7:5,10,12,13,14
 Ch.8:4,5,10,11

 Quiz Ch. 5-6

 9. Measurement of radiation: instrumentation and techniques 

 10/09 

  4,6,9,14,23,24

 

   ****Fall break – no class

 10/16

 

 

  Chapters 1-8

 10/23

 

  Midterm Exam

 10. The interaction of single beams of x and gamma rays with scattering medium

 10/30

 5,7,9,12,13,15

 

 11. Treatment planning - single beam

 11/06

 2,3,5,7,9,11

 Quiz Ch. 9-10

 12. Treatment planning - combination of beams

 11/13

 4,5,7,8,12,18

 

 14. Nuclear medicine
      Binomial vs other distributions

 11/20

 1,2,8,10,12,15

 Quiz Ch. 11-12

 15. Radiation protection

 11/27

 2,3,4,5,6

 

 Introduction to physics of solid state devices
 
Dosimetry near high-Z inhomogeneities

 12/04

 

 Quiz Ch. 14-15

     Chapters 9-12, 14-15

 12/11

 

 Final Exam

Note: underscored problems are solved in “Solutions to selected problems from the Physics of Radiology, Fourth Edition” by H. E. Johns and J. R. Cunningham, Charles C. Thomas, 1991.

 

Last Updated: 11/27/17