RADON 204 Treatment Planning III • 5 Cr.


Presents additional special treatment techniques used in radiation therapy. Topics include moving beam, electron beam, orthovoltage therapy, matching fields, weighted fields, irregular fields, and three-dimensional treatment planning. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the appropriate clinical situations for using electron beam or orthovoltage beam therapy
  • Identify the physical limitations for electron beam therapy
  • Compare moving beam dose distributions to stationary beam dose distributions
  • Calculate point doses for weighted treatment fields
  • Design models for tabulation of weighted field doses
  • Identify clinical situations involving adjacent fields
  • Examine the issues of adjacent field treatments
  • Analyze scatter distribution for shaped fields
  • Apply specific models for determining the scatter component for high energy photon beams
  • Evaluate the differences between 2D and 3D calculation computations and dose distributions
  • Examine the use of new technologies such as IMRT and Stereotactic radiation therapy