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Course Title

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Radiological Physics and Dosimetry

Course Code

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MEPH 561

Credit Hours

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3

Prerequisite

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Graduate Standing

     

Course Description

Interactions and energy deposition by ionizing radiation in matter; concepts, quantities, and units in radiological physics; principles and methods of radiation dosimetry.

 

Main Textbook

* Introduction to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry. Frank H. Attix.  First edition, 1986.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

References

* The Atomic Nucleus.  Evans [QC 776.E8 1955]
* Physics of Radiology.  Johns and Cunningham [R895.J6 1983]
* Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology.  Hobbie [R895.H6 1997]

 

Teaching Tools

* Computer presentations

* Blackboard

* Transparencies

* Internet online courses

* Group discussions

* Visit to Dosimetry Lab, Research Institute, KFUPM

 

Assessment

Activity Weight
Problem Sets 10%
First Exam 30%
Second Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%

 

Grading

Grade

Mark

A+ ≥89
A 82-88
B+ 75-81
B 68-74
C+ 61-67
C 54-60
D+ 47-53
D 40-46
F <40

 

Course Content 

Session

Topic

1.

Types and Sources of Ionizing Radiation

2.

Description of Ionizing Radiation Fields

3.

Kerma

4.

Absorbed Dose

5.

Exposure

6.

Exponential Attenuation

7.

Narrow- and Broad-Beam Attenuation

8.

Buildup Factor and Reciprocity Theorem

9.

Radiation and Charged-Particle Equilibrium

10.

Transient Charged-Particle Equilibrium

11.

Absorbed Fraction

12.

Absorbed Dose from α- and β-Disintegrations

13.

Absorbed Dose from EC and IC Processes

14.

Radioactive Decay

15.

Radioactive Parent-Daughter Relationships

16.

Radioactivation by Nuclear Interactions

17.

Compton Effect

18.

Photoelectric Effect

19.

Pair Production and Rayleigh Scattering

20.

Total Coefficients for Attenuation

21.

Charged-Particle Interactions in Matter

22.

Stopping Power

23.

Range and Calculation of Absorbed Dose

24.

Fluorescence X-Rays

25.

Bremsstrahlung X-Rays

26.

Bragg-Gray Cavity Theory

27.

Other Cavity Theories

28.

Radiation Dosimeter

29.

Dosimeter Measurements

30.

General Characteristics of Dosimeters

31.

Free-Air Ionization Chambers

32.

Cavity Ionization Chambers

33.

Charge and Current Measurements

34.

Calibration of Ion Chambers

35.

Calibration of Photon Beams

36.

Calibration of Photon Beams in Phantoms

37.

Calibration of Electron Beams in Phantoms

38.

Thermoluminescence Dosimetry

39.

Geiger-Muller and Proportional Counters

40.

Scintillation and Semiconductor Dosimetry

41.

Neutron Dosimetry

42.

Review of Selected Topics