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Professional Doctorate in Medical Physics

Course Descriptions

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Radiology and Radiological Sciences

RAMD 5301B  |  Medical Physics Seminar
Topics in medical imaging, techniques and applications.

RAMD 5313  |  Clinical Diagnostic Physics
Instrumentation and application of physics to clinical diagnostic imaging procedures including: radiographic and fluoroscopic x-ray, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.

RAMD 5315  |  Laboratory in Clinical Diagnostic Physics
Laboratory in the application of principles, techniques, and equipment used in radiographic and fluoroscopic x-ray, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.

RAMD 5343  |  Health Physics
Theory and instrumentation used in health physics and radiological physics. Radiation shielding design, methods of external and internal design, and radiation regulatory issues.

RAMD 5391B  |  Medical Physics Practicum (Diagnostic)
Experience and training in a diagnostic physics clinical setting; instrumentation methodology, calibration, and quality assurance. This course also includes diagnostic radiology patient interaction, clinical conference attendance, and review of imaging techniques in Radiology.

Radiation Oncology

RAMT 5248  |  Radiation Biophysics
Response of mammalian cells and systems to ionizing radiation, the acute radiation syndromes, carcinogenesis, genetic effects, and radiobiological basis of radiotherapy.

RAMT 5301A  |  Medical Physics Seminar
Radiotherapy treatment techniques and current methodologies in clinical radiotherapy.

RAMT 5304  |  Radiation Interactions and Dosimetry
Theory and instrumentation of ionization measurements of high-energy photon and electron beams. Methods of radiation absorbed dose calculations for photons, neutrons, and charged particles.

RAMT 5311  |  Clinical Therapy Physics I
Instrumentation and application of physics to clinical radiotherapy procedures, equations for absorbed dose calculations, phantoms, methodologies in computerized treatment planning, and introduction to the special techniques of IMRT, RAPID ARC, and stereoradiosurgery.

RAMT 5312  |  Clinical Therapy Physics II
Photon and electron beam algorithms for dosimetry calculations. Methodologies in three-dimensional treatment planning with specific applications to radiotherapy.

RAMT 5314  |  Laboratory in Clinical Therapy Physics
Introductory laboratory applications of physics to clinical radiotherapy procedures, experience with equipment in a modern clinical radiotherapy environment, and methodology and techniques for the verifications of simulated clinical procedures.

RAMT 5316  |  Brachytherapy Physics
Instrumentation and applications of physics to clinical brachytherapy procedures, equations for absorbed dose calculations including TG#43, methodologies in computerized treatment planning, and introduction to special techniques.

RAMT 5317  |  Advanced Topics in Dosimetry and Quality Assurance Laboratory
Advanced laboratory applications of physics to clinical radiotherapy procedures, experience with radiotherapy physics equipment including measurement of absorbed dose using multiple dosimetry systems and techniques for the quality assurance verification of special radiotherapy clinical procedures.

RAMT 5391A  |  Medical Physics Practicum (Therapy)
Experience and training in a radiotherapy physics clinical setting; treatment planning, instrumentation calibration, and quality assurance. This course also includes radiotherapy patient interaction, clinical conference attendance, and review of treatment techniques in Radiation Oncology

Physics

PHYS 224  |  Physical Analysis of Biological Systems
Applications of physics to human biology, including biomechanics, exponential growth and decay, statistical mechanics and mass transport, bioelectricity and biomagnetism.

PHYS 228  |  Physics of Medical Imaging
Applications of physics to medicine, including signal analysis, image processing, atoms and light, X-rays, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging.

PHYS 285  |  Radiation Detectors and Measurements
Basic physics principles and applications of radiation detecting instruments, with laboratory exercises. Techniques and instrumentation for nuclear radiation detection and measurements as they relate to health physics and nuclear physics.

PHY 307  |  Radiation Dose Assessment
Description of models and methods for internal and external dose assessment. Students will study both historical and modern calculational methods for calculating radiation dose to radiation workers, members of the general public, medical patients, and other subjects.

Biomedical Engineering

BME 277  |  Quantitative and Functional Imaging
An introduction to the use of non-invasive imaging techniques to make quantitative measurements of the structure and function of organs in the body. This includes the analysis of images produced by computed tomography, positron emission tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging to infer tissue composition, volume, motion, and metabolic activity. Linear systems theory and model fitting will be used to understand the information available from images. Several specific applications in biomedicine will be covered, including non-invasive measurements of lesion volume, cardiac output, organ perfusion, and brain function and receptor density.

BME 395A  |  Special Topics in Cancer Imaging
An overview of the common in vivo cancer imaging techniques. The course introduces the basic biological characteristics of cancer and then proceeds to study how each imaging modality can offer particular information on the tumor micro- and macro-environment. The imaging techniques covered include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical imaging, computed tomography (CT), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), and ultrasound imaging. A theme throughout the course is how imaging can go beyond mere anatomic/morphologic characterization to provide non-invasive, quantitative, longitudinal assessment of tumor growth and treatment response.

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