Radiological Physics 2

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Course Code: 
RAD 7203
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
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Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 
  1. Interaction of charged particle radiation with matter: - Bragg curve, linear energy transfer, stopping power, ionisation, energy losses; range, range-energy relationship and shielding.
  2.  Interaction of uncharged radiation with matter
  3.  X-ray interactions in the patient and attenuation process in relation to subject contrast.
  4. Interaction of X-ray photon with the intensifying screen and production of light photon.
  5. Interaction of the light photon with the X-ray film and formation of latent and radiological image.
  6. Film gamma, latitude and speed
  7. Factors affecting radiological film contrast
  8.  Factors affecting image quality
  9. Direct and indirect action of radiation
  10.  DNA Strand Breaks and Chromosomal aberrations
  11. Radiosensitivity and cell age in the mitotic cycle
  12. Radiation damage,
  13. Hereditary effects of radiation
  14. Physical principles of mammography, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and     radionuclide imaging
  15. Radiation-protection, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)


Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course the student shall be able to:·         Describe interaction of charged and uncharged type of radiation with matter.·         Describe X-ray interactions in the patient and radiological image formation.·         Discuss image receptors and the physical principles of contrast enhancement.·         Discuss basic radiobiology principles·         Describe the physical principles of mammography, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and Radionuclide imaging·         Discuss radiation protection principles and practice 

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