Division of Medical Physics

Radiation Dosimetry II

UT HSC Medical Physics Course MPHY6130/8130 (CRN: 27964/27970) 
Spring semester 2018

 Class time:   Tuesday 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
 Textbook:

Frank H. Attix,
Introduction to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry

 Instructor:  Diana Shvydka, Ph.D.
 Grading:

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

Midterm exam 1:  25%
Midterm exam 2:  25%
Final exam:   25%
HW * problems  10%
Paper/Project  15%
                              

Homework assignments, handouts, and exams

 Chapter    

Date

 Homework assignments

 Chapters 1-2  01/16   Ch1: 3,5,6,7; Ch2: 2,3,4,6* 
 Chapter 3  01/23  1*,3,4,5
 Chapter 4  01/30  1,2,3,5,6
 Chapter 5-6  02/06  Ch5: 1,2,3; Ch.6:2,4,5,6,7
 Midterm exam  1  02/13  Chapters 1-6
 Chapters 7
 Chapter 9
 02/20  Ch7: 4*,6,7,10,12; Ch9: 3,4,6
 Chapter 8  02/27  3,5,9,13,15
 Spring Break - no class  03/06  
 Chapter 10  03/13  2,5,6,7
 Project proposal due
 Chapter 11  03/20  3*,4,5,6
 Midterm exam 2   03/27  Chapters 7-11
 Chapter 12  04/03  3,5,6,8*
 Chapter 13  04/10  5,6,7,9
 Chapters 14 - 15  04/17  Ch14: 3*,5,7; Ch15: 2,4,5
 Chapter 16  04/24  1,2,3
 Final exam  05/01  Chapters 12-16
 Paper/Project due

*Solution requires use of MS Excel or similar (due by the corresponding exam date)

Paper/Project: 

The objective of this task is to develop a measurement protocol of a clinical/dosimetric interest. Start with identifying a project/problem (examples of publications can be found on the Z drive (Z:\RadiationOncology\Common\Education materials\RD-II papers\) and briefly discussing it with me (through email or in person). Project proposal should be completed by March 13th.

For the implementation part, you are expected to compose a protocol (using MS Word or similar software), consisting of the following sections:
1. Problem statement
2. General approach
3. Required equipment
4. Step-by-step measurements/procedure instructions
5. Expected results, with any relevant equations, graphs, etc.
6. References

Alternatively, you can create a spreadsheet (using MS Excel or similar) with detailed instructions on how to perform measurements. If you follow this path you could use an existing published protocol, e.g., one of the TG protocols (has to be sufficiently different from any of the spreadsheets used in our clinic). The deadline for the project is May 1st .

Useful links:

ICRU report 85, Fundamental quantities and units for ionizing radiation, 2011
AAPM reports
OSLDs for clinical dosimetric measurements, 2007 

 

Last Updated: 1/15/18