RADON 104 Radiation Therapy Physics I • 3 Cr.


Explores principles of physics as applied to radiation therapy. Topics include forces of nature, atomic structure, radioactive decay, and specific activity and beam intensity calculations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the three laws of thermodynamics
  • Describe the fundamental forces of nature and their application in radiation therapy physics
  • Analyze atomic structure and its application in the production of X-rays
  • Explain radioactivity and the process of radioactive decay
  • Solve equations and interpret graphs involving natural logarithms
  • Discuss the use of brachytherapy sources for cancer treatment and the radiation safety procedures when working with brachytherapy sources
  • Analyze the interactions of photons with matter as they relate to radiography and radiation therapy
  • Analyze the factors that affect beam quality