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MMR4000 - Physics and instrumentation 1

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Ray Budd


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


This unit will instruct students in the areas of; introductory radiation protection, fundamentals of radiation physics and applied mathematics, radioactivity, production of X-rays, radiation detectors, interaction of radiation with matter and medical radiations equipment.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand the principles of radiation protection applicable to the medical use of
ionising radiation;
  1. understand the scientific concepts of atomic structure and radioactivity;
  2. describe the various types and sources of ionising radiation;
  3. recognise and explain the operation of different types of radiation detectors;
  4. demonstrate the appropriate use of selected radiation detectors;
  5. explain the physical processes involved in the interaction of radiation with matter;
  6. understand and explain the principles of medical radiation image formation;
  7. recognise and describe the basic design features and operating principles of
medical radiation equipment;
  1. outline the quality assurance principles and techniques applicable to medical
radiation equipment; and
  1. understand the distribution of radiation dose tissue and perform a range of
radiation dose calculations.


One written examination (three hours)(70%)
Two assignments (1500 words each)(30%)


Admission into the Master of Medical Radiations (Radiation Therapy) or the Master of
Medical Radiations (Nuclear Medicine) or the Master of Medical Radiations (Medical


MMR4010 and either RTS4021 or NMS4021 or MIS4021.

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