MRS355 Radiation Therapy Technology (16)

This subject introduces the physics principles and technologies that underpin the practice of radiation therapy. Students will develop an understanding of the link between clinical practice and the physical principles and instruments used in radiation oncology. Students will build on beginning knowledge gained in earlier subjects with a focus on the physics and instrumentation of radiation therapy practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS355. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

PHY100 Medical Radiation Physics

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe in detail the instrumentation that is used in radiation therapy treatment
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the physical and technological principles which underpin the instrumentation and procedures that are undertaken in the clinical environment
  • be able to apply this understanding to effectively solve problems which arise in the clinical environment
  • be able to demonstrate fluency in the use of specialist terminology encountered clinically and which relates to radiation therapy instrumentation
  • be able to demonstrate a command of contemporary image processing and visualisation techniques and a familiarity with the application of these to radiation therapy
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of dose calculations used in radiation therapy treatment and planning


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • principles and instrumentation of the linear accelerator, superficial x-ray machines and Cobalt-60 radioactive sources
  • specialised radiation therapy principles and instrumentation such as electron beams, image guided radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), tomotherapy, brachytherapy
  • the basis of CT, MRI and PET planning
  • radiobiological model effects on radiotherapy planning
  • dose measurement, dosimetry calculations and methods and radiation protection
  • calibration and quality assurance in radiation therapy


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.