RADON 115 Principles of Simulation • 2 Cr.


Presents basic principles of radiation therapy simulation. Topics include rationale for simulation, legal aspects, equipment components and operation, positioning techniques, imaging techniques and analysis, measurement and documentation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into Program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and importance of the simulation process in radiation therapy.
  • Identify the legal aspects of the simulation process.
  • Correctly identify critical anatomical structures on X-ray & CT images.
  • Describe patient positioning strategies and analyze the use of specific positioning devices.
  • Compare and contrast fluoroscopic simulation with CT simulation. State the advantages and disadvantages of each method.
  • Compare and contrast contouring methods in fluoroscopic simulation Vs CT simulation.
  • Demonstrate accurate documentation in patient chart of a simulation procedure.
  • Demonstrate 2 methods of accurate measurement to determine separations and SSD's.
  • Explain the methods to define treatment parameters in simple treatments in both fluoroscopic and CT simulators.