DOSM 301 Current Topics in Medical Dosimetry • 3 Cr.


Studies the role of the Medical Dosimetrist within a Radiation Oncology Department. Topics include professional issues, treatment planning, dose calculations, imaging, QA and special procedures. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the role of medical dosimetrist within the radiation oncology team.
  • Discuss professional issues and future challenges to profession.
  • Compare simulation techniques and concerns for a given anatomical site of treatment.
  • Assess the role of diagnostic imaging within radiation oncology and treatment planning.
  • Define diagnostic protocols for various anatomic sites.
  • Be able to evaluate the role of a network in treatment planning system configurations.
  • Demonstrate the differences between UNIX and Windows based treatment planning systems.
  • Be able to evaluate plans calculated for: a single plane (2D), 3D conformal, IMRT and SRS techniques.
  • Discuss the role of a DVH and other dose reporting methods in a treatment plan.
  • Define factors used to calculate the dose to a structure, point or MU setting for treatment.
  • Be able to evaluate a Quality Assurance program for treatment planning and delivery of planned treatment and evaluate what to do if there is a discrepancy or treatment error.
  • Demonstrate both what defines an acceptable plan for treatment delivery and a non-acceptable plan across multiple anatomical sites and modality of treatment.
  • Discuss the calculations used for special procedures and techniques employed within a radiation oncology practice (TBI, Brachytherapy (LDR and HDR), and new treatment modalities (Rapid Arc and VMAT).