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Areas of Study | | RDTC107 syllabus




COURSE NUMBER: RDTC107
COURSE TITLE:Radiation Biophysics
DIVISION:Sciences
IAI CODE(S):
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:2
CONTACT HOURS:30
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:90
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Properties, sources, dosimetry, and biological effects of radiation. Methods of patient, personnel and public radiation protection and safety based on regulatory agency recommendations.

PREREQUISITES:
Successful completion of RDTC101, RDTC102, RDTC103, and RDTC104.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) concept
  • Distinguish between and identify the various genetic/somatic and stochastic/non-stochastic effects of radiation
  • Define radiation units of measurement
  • Identify dose equivalent limits for occupational and non-occupational exposure
  • Describe the theories, operation and applications of radiation detection, monitoring and protection devices
  • Distinguish between controlled/non-controlled areas and primary/secondary radiation barriers
  • Perform calculations of exposure with varying time, distance and shielding
  • Use the appropriate method of shielding for a given procedure
  • Describe the minimum source-to-part and source-to-tabletop distances for fixed and mobile radiographic/fluoroscopic systems
  • Differentiate between quality management, quality assurance, and quality control
  • List the elements of a quality management program and its benefits
  • Discuss the various aspects of compliance testing of radiologic equipment

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  • Review of Composition of the Body
  • Molecules
  • Cells
  • Tissues and Organs
  • General Responses to Ionizing Radiation
  • Principles of Radiobiology
  • Physical Factors Affecting Radiosensitivity
  • Biological Factors Affecting Radiosensitivity
  • Dose-Response Relationships
  • Molecular and Cellular Irradiation
  • DNA
  • Water
  • Direct and Indirect Effects
  • Target Theory
  • Cell Survival
  • Early Effects of Radiation
  • Prodromal Period
  • Latent Period
  • Manifest Illness
  • Local Tissue Response
  • Hematologic Effect
  • Late Effects of Radiation
  • Local Tissue
  • Life Span Shortening
  • Malignancy
  • Fertility
  • Genetic Health Physics
  • Cardinal Principles of Radiation Protection
  • Dose Limits
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radiographic Units
  • Fluoroscopic Units
  • Protective Barriers
  • Detection and Measurement
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Patient Exposure
  • Exposure Reduction Techniques
  • Quality Management
  • Concepts of QM, QA, and QC
  • Radiographic QC
  • Fluoroscopic QC
  • Tomographic QC

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Essentials of Radiographic Physics and Imaging. James N. Johnston and Terri L. Fauber, Elsevier, 2nd Edition.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:

Objective tests, short answer quizzes, final exam.

A- 93%-100%
B- 84%-92%
C- 75%-83%
D- 66%-74%
F- 65% and below

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Spring 2019

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