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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ray Budd


This unit introduces advanced physics applications of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. The imaging topics include computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). Their principles of operation will be discussed as also their application in the detection of malignant disease and the monitoring of its response to treatment. Advanced physics topics of radiation therapy will include brachytherapy and the methods that increase the accuracy of radiation delivery such as multi-leaf collimation, dynamic wedge, stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiotherapy.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the scientific concepts and applications of electron beam therapy;
  2. describe the various applications of brachytherapy;
  3. understand the principles of digital image processing;
  4. understand and explain the basic principles underpinning the operation of CT and MRI equipment;
  5. understand and explain the advanced techniques of radiation therapy including multi-leaf collimation, dynamic wedge and stereotactic radiosurgery; and
  6. describe the principles of intensity-modulated radiotherapy.


Written examination (three hours): 70%
Two assignments 1500 words each: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Caroline Wright

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance of radiation physics tutorials.


MMR4012, MMR4020, MMR4022


MMR4023, MMR4025