MP 8104 - Clinical Rotations in Medical Physics


Credit Hours:3

MP 4750: Diagnostic Imaging, MP 6204: Radiation Therapy Physics, MP 6402: Radiation Dosimetry, MP 6407: Radiation Biology and Oncology

Catalog Description:

Clinical internship in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology at the affiliated clinical facilities (Emory Clinic or Equivalent)


Emory or Clinic faculty

Textbook and References

F. Khan, The Physics of Radiation Therapy, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

P. Metcalfe, T. Kron, and P. Hoban, The Physics of Radiotherapy X-Rays and Electrons, Medical Physics Publishing, 2007.

W. Hendee, G. Ibbott, and E. Hendee, Radiation Threrapy Physics, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2005.

J. Van Dyk, The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology: A Compendium for Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physics Publishing, 2005.

Time Commitment

Student will be required to be available approximately 10 days (clinical observation) of eight hours each as well as Wednesday afternoons (lectures) over the course of the semester.  All hours listed in this course will be performed off of the GA Tech campus.

Course Outline
  1. Radiation Physics Lectures
      1. OBI Radiographic/CBCT
      2. Tandem and Ovoid Procedure
      3. Total Skin Electron Calibration
      4. Eye Plaques & Total Body Irradiation
      5. Administrative Operations for Radiation Oncology
      6. Radiosurgery
      7. Image Registration Models: Rigid and Deformable
      8. American Board of Radiology Review
      9. High Dose Rate Afterloading and Mammosite
      10. Prostate Seed Implant
      11. Practical Applications of Ultrasound
  2. Radiation Oncology Lectures
      1. Lung
      2. Head and Neck
      3. Breast
      4. Prostate
      5. Central Nervous System
      6. Palliation and Emergencies
      7. Gastro-Intestinal
      8. Genito-Urinary
      9. Gynecological
      10. Sarcoma
      11. Lymphoma
      12. Pediatrics
  3. Special Procedure Observations
      1. Prostate Implant
      2. High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
      3. Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  4. Student Presentations – AAPM Task Group Reports
      1. Imaging Dose during IGRT
      2. Tissue Inhomegeneity
      3. Beam Data Commissioning
      4. CT Sim QA
      5. Prostate Brachytherapy
      6. Hip Prostheses
      7. Fetal Dose
      8. Pacemakers
      9. Brachytherapy Source Calibration
      10. Clinical Trials
      11. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
      12. HDR