Radiological Sciences & Protection

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98.500 Introduction to Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36770
Status Active

This course is designed to introduce students to the working practices encountered in the health physics and medical physics profession. This is accomplished through field trips to local facilities that use radioactive materials, use and calibations of radiological instrumentation, laboratory exercies, and class discussions. This class exposes the student to basic health and medical physics procedures, vocabulary, and equipment.

98.501 Radiation Safety and Control I Credits: 3-4

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 4
Course ID 1209
Status Active

This course provides a theoretical basis for radiological sciences and protection, with a rigorous review of the fundamentals of radiation physics including nuclear reactions, radioactivity and the kinetics of radioactive decay, natural and man-made radiation sources, the characteristics of ionizing radiation, radioactivity analysis, radiation dose quantities and measurement, external and internal radiation dosimetry, and radiation protection techniques.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics, 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations with a 'C-' or higher.

98.502 Radiation Safety and Control II Credits: 3-4

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8802
Status Active

This course provides a continuation of the theoretical and practical aspects of radiation protection provided in Radiation Safety and Control I (98.501). Topics include the statistical analyses and data reduction techniques that are used to analyze radiation measurements pertaining to the field of radiation protection. Laboratory sessions on alpha and gamma radiation measurements and air sampling will reinforce class lectures. Students also will experience applied radiation protection and dose assessment through a contamination control exercise that involves the use of protective clothing and respiratory protection.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 95.401 or 98.501 Radiation Safety & Control I, and 92.368 Probability and Statistics I or 92.385 Applied Statistics.

98.506 Nuclear Instrumentation Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8806
Status Active

This course provides the operating principles and applications of nuclear radiation detection systems, including detector theory, electronic signal processing, and measurement and data reduction techniques. The systems covered include gas-filled detectors (ion chambers, proportional counters, and Geiger-Mueller counters), inorganic and organic scintillators, and high-purity germanium detectors, for the detection of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation. This course also covers hypothesis testing, detection limits, and detector dead time.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Intro Modern Physics and 96.261 The Physics of Materials & Dev or 96.245 Physics III Lab

98.509 Nuclear Instrumentation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37351
Status Active

This course provides the operating principles and applications of nuclear radiation detection systems, including detector theory, electronic signal processing, and measurement and data reduction techniques. The systems covered include gas-filled detectors (ion chambers, proportional counters, and Geiger_Mueller counters), inorganic and organic scintillators, and high-purity germanium detectors, for the detection of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation. This course also covers hypothesis testing, detection limits,and detector dead time, This course is adapted for Nuclear Engineering and Medical Physics majors. (offered as 98.509 for graduate credit).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Intro Modern Physics and 96.261 The Physics of Materials & Dev or 96.245 Physics III Lab

98.522 Environmental Radiation and Nuclear Site Criteria Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8815
Status Active

This course provides an overview of the sources, distribution, environmental transport, dose projections, and environmental impact of radiations associated with the nuclear fuel cycle.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics, 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations with a 'C-' or higher.

98.523 Air Resource Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8816
Status Active

98.524 Environmental Health Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37592
Status Active

Natural and man-made sources of environmental radioactivity and radiation; environmental transport in air, water, and soil; exposure pathways; environmental standards and regulations; environmental monitoring and surveys (MARSSIM); contaminated site characterization, and site remediation; environmental radiological impact of industry, accidents, and natural and man-made disasters.

98.533 External Dosimetry and Shieldng Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8822
Status Active

This course provides the theory and application of dosimetry and shielding for ionizing radiation sources outside the human body. Differential cross-sections, energy transfer and absorption coefficients, kerma, attenuation, and buildup are discussed for photons. Cross-sections, kerma factors, removal coefficients, diffusion, and point-source dose functions for fissioning sources are discussed for neutrons. Beta dosimetry concepts include stopping power, point-source dose functions, and the effects of attenuating materials. Heat generation and temperature profiles are discussed for irradiated materials and radioactive substances. Dosimetry concepts and barrier requirements also are described for particle accelerators, radiotherapy facilities, and medical x-ray imaging facilities.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 95.402 or 98.502 Radiation Safety & Control II.

98.534 Internal Dosimetry and Bioassay Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8823
Status Active

98.541 Radiochemistry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8824
Status Active

This course provides the theory and application of several analytical techniques, including precipitation, solvent extraction, ion exchange chromatography, and electrodeposition, to the separation and analysis of radioactive substances in various samples. This course also covers some common radiation detection systems, measurement and data reduction techniques, radiotracer and isotope dilution techniques, neutron activation analysis, and radio-immunoassay.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics, 84.122 Chemistry II, and 84.124 Chemistry II Lab.

98.562 Radiation Biology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8833
Status Active

Effects of ionizing radiation on cellular, molecular and organ systems levels of biological organization; Study of x-rays, gamma rays, accelerator beams, and neutrons in interaction with living systems; Cohesive treatment of radiation biophysics with applications in health physics and radiation oncology. (offered as 98.562 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics with a 'C-' or better.

98.565 Introduction to Radiation Therapy Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33398
Status Active

Introduction to the fundamental physics of radiation therapy, with emphasis on external beam photon and electron therapy and on brachytherapy. For these modalities, the basic operation of delivery equipment, treatment planning principles, methods of dose calculations, determination of time of irradiation from dose prescription, dose measurements, and quality assurance will be studied. This knowledge will prepare the student for an introduction to the practice of clinical physics in radiation therapy, for advanced radiation therapy physics, and research in radiation therapy physics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 98.501 Radiation Safety and Control I or Co-req 95.501 Radiation Safety and Control I, and 98.506 Nuclear Instrumentation or Permission of Instructor.

98.575 Certification Preparation in Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33038
Status Active

Advanced problem solving in radiological sciences including strategies for preparing for and taking professional certification examinations.

98.581 Mathematical Methods of Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1207
Status Active

This course provides an overview of applied mathematical concepts that are useful in radiological sciences and protection, including special techniques for radiation physics, radiation dosimetry, and radiation shielding, with emphasis on computer applications.

98.582 Numerical Methods In Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8836
Status Active

This course provides a more advanced mathematical treatment of the topics covered in 98.481, with extensive application of computer techniques to numerical problem solving that is applicable to radiological sciences and protection.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 95.481 or 98.581 Math Methods of Rad Sciences.

98.598 Introduction to Medical Imaging Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36752
Status Active

Key topics of modern medical imaging: principles of medical imaging, image formation, Fourier analysis, image reconstruction, digital image processing with applications in computed tomography, radioisotope imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, ultrasound imaging, and optical imaging. Strengths and limitations of imaging modalities.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 98.501/401 Radiation Safety & Control 1.

98.599 Advanced Medical Imaging Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37216
Status Active

Advanced Medical Imaging course presents the key topics of modern medical imaging in a systematic program structured as follows: principles of medical imaging, computer tomography, radioactive traces imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, and optical imaging. The purpose of this course is to outline the breadth and depth of scientific knowledge underlying Medical Imaging. It describes the core physics related to medical imaging that a physicist should know when graduating from an accredited Medical Physics program. The course will aid him/her in understanding the strengths and limitations of the available medical imaging tools.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 98.598 Introduction to Medical Imaging.

98.605 Radiation Interactions and Transport Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8841
Status Active

Photon, neutron, and electron interactions and energy deposition; the Boltzmann equation, elementary analytical solutions; deterministic computational methods, including spherical harmonics and discrete ordinates techniques; continuous slowing down and Fokker Planck approximations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 98.501/401 Radiation Safety & Control 1.

98.606 Monte Carlo Simulation of Radiation Transport Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36753
Status Active

Radiation transport simulation by the Monte Carlo method: phase space tracking, dose response estimators, biasing methoda; integral form of the Boltzmann equation; condensed history method for charged particles; neutron, photon, and electron transport calculations for medical physics and health physics applications.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 98.605 Radiation Transport and Interactions, and 98.581 Mathematical Methods of Rad Sci

98.616 Data Redn for RSP Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8847
Status Active

98.631 Professional Health Physics Internship Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 36584
Status Active

98.665 Advanced Radiation Therapy Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37215
Status Active

The student will be introduced to the physics of advanced treatment techniques used in radiation therapy, which include external beam electron, proton, and photon therapy and internal brachytherapy. For these techniques, the principles of the techniques such as clinical applications, radiation delivery equipment, treatment planning methods, methods of dose calculations, determination of time of irradiation from dose prescription, dose measurements, and quality assurance will be studied. This knowledge will prepare the student for an introduction to the clinical practice of medical physics applied to complex treatment techniques used in radiation therapy. Also, this should help prepare the student for research in radiation therapy physics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req or Co-Req: 98.565 Introduction to Radiation Therapy Physics.

98.671 Graduate Accelerator HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8857
Status Active

98.672 Graduate Reactor HP Internship Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8858
Status Active

98.673 Graduate Reactor HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8859
Status Active

98.675 Graduate Medical HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8861
Status Active

98.676 Graduate Medical Physics Internship Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8862
Status Active

Clinical Rotation under the direction of clinical staff. This course provides the student with exposure to medical physics responsibilities in a radiation oncology department, including simulation, treatment planning and preparation, monitor unit calculations, dose measurements and calculations, treatment delivery techniques, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

98.677 Graduate Medical Physics Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8863
Status Active

98.678 Graduate HP Internship Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8864
Status Active

98.679 Graduate HP Internship Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8865
Status Active

98.683 Graduate HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8869
Status Active

98.685 Advanced Medical HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8871
Status Active

98.686 Advanced Medical Physics Internship Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 8872
Status Active

Clinical Rotation under the direction of clinical staff. This course involves the student in one or more projects that require skill development, extended involvement, and project completion, which includes planning and delivery of advanced radiation therapy treatments.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req; 98.676 Graduate Medical Physics Internship; Pre/Co-Req: 98.665 Advanced Radiation Therapy Physics.

98.687 Advanced Medical Physics Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8873
Status Active

98.689 Advanced Graduate HP Internship Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8875
Status Active

98.690 Advanced Graduate HP Internship Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 8876
Status Active

98.691 Advanced Graduate HP Internship Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 8877
Status Active

98.692 Advanced Graduate HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8878
Status Active

98.693 Advanced Graduate HP Internship Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8879
Status Active

98.698 Advanced Medical Imaging Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37216
Status Active

Advanced Medical Imaging course presents the key topics of modern medical imaging in a systematic program structured as follows: principles of medical imaging, computer tomography, radioactive traces imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, and optical imaging. The purpose of this course is to outline the breadth and depth of scientific knowledge underlying Medical Imaging. It describes the core physics related to medical imaging that a physicist should know when graduating from an accredited Medical Physics program. The course will aid him/her in understanding the strengths and limitations of the available medical imaging tools.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 98.598 Introduction to Medical Imaging.

98.705 Supervised Teaching in Radiological Sciences Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 8886
Status Active

98.711 Graduate Seminar in Radiological Sciences Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8887
Status Active

98.712 Graduate Seminar in Radiological Sciences Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8888
Status Active

98.731 Advanced Project in Radiological Sciences I Credits: 3-6

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 6
Course ID 8889
Status Active

98.732 Advanced Project in Radiological Sciences II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8890
Status Active

98.733 Graduate Project in Radiological Sciences and Protection Credits: 3-6

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 6
Course ID 8891
Status Active

98.743 Master's Thesis in Radiological Sciences and Protection Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8895
Status Active

98.746 Master's Thesis in Radiological Sciences and Protection Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 8896
Status Active

98.749 Master's Thesis Research in Radiological Sciences Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 8897
Status Active

98.753 Doctoral Dissertation in Radiological Sciences and Protection Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8900
Status Active

98.756 Doctoral Dissertation in Radiological Sciences and Protection Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 8901
Status Active

98.759 Doctoral Dissertation in Radiological Sciences and Protection Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 8902
Status Active

98.769 Continued Graduate Research Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 8905
Status Active

99.501 Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8917
Status Active