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206: Physics of Radiation Therapy I

 

Physics of Radiation Therapy I

 

Faculty

Prof. Constantine Kappas, Assoc. Prof. Kyriaki Theodorou, Dr. Anna Makridou

Content

Objectives, practice, evolution and trends - Basic design and function of linear accelerators for photon and electrons treatments, telecobalt radiation therapy machines, superficial and orthovoltage X-ray treatment machines and remote afterloading machines Teletherapy - Photon Beams - Basic principles of radiation (photons, electrons, protons, heavy and light ions) interaction with matter - Depth dose distribution (PDDs, TARs), SARs, basic dose calculation principles for photon beams - Depth dose distribution (PDDs, TARs), SARs, basic dose calculation principles for electron beams - Absolute dose calculation for photon beams – Absolute dose calculation for electron beams - Basic principles of radiation biology - Introduction to Treatment Planning Systems - Basic correction factors for heterogeneities, Batho method, equivalent TAR method. Dose calculation involving heterogeneities - Relative dosimetry, introduction to treatment planning -  Brachytherapy  

 

Objectives

To provide in-depth knowledge of the Physics involved in Radiation Therapy and of the role of the Medical Physicist in the Radiation Therapy departments in Hospitals. To provide -through practicals- hands-on experience with treatment-planning.