Division of Medical Physics

Radiation Dosimetry I

UT HSC Medical Physics Course MPHY 6120/8120 (CRN: 56283/56269)
3 credit hours
Fall semester 2018

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 (posted when available)

Syllabus

Chapter

Date

Homework

 Exam/Quiz 

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

 08/27

 Ch.1:9,10,14,20
 Ch.2:5,6,16,19,20

 

 ****Labor day – no class

 09/03

   

 3. The fundamentals of nuclear physics

 09/10

 4,6,8,14,21,23,25

 Quiz Ch.1-2

 4. High energy machines

 09/17

 1,5,6,7,8

 

 5. The interaction of ionizing radiation with matter

 09/24

 1,13,14,16,18,23

 Quiz Ch.3-4

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

 10/01

 6,11,20,23,24,34

 

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

 10/08

 Ch.7:5,10,12,13,14
 Ch.8:4,5,10,11

 Quiz Ch.5-6

 9. Measurement of radiation: instrumentation and techniques 

 10/15 

  4,6,9,14,21,24

 

  Chapters 1-8

 10/22

 

  Midterm Exam

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

 10/29

 5,6,9,11,12,14,15

 

 11. Treatment planning - single beam

 11/05

 2,4,5,6,7,9

 Quiz Ch.9-10

 12. Treatment planning - combination of beams

 11/12

 4,5,7,12,18

 

 14. Nuclear medicine
      Binomial vs other distributions

 11/19

 1,4,7,10,12,14

 Quiz Ch.11-12

 15. Radiation protection

 11/26

 2,3,4,5,6

 

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

 12/03

 

 Quiz Ch.14-15

     Chapters 9-12, 14-15

 12/10

 

 Final Exam

Note: underlined 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: 9/25/18