Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Radiotherapy Science - Radiobiology, Imaging in Radiotherapy and Enhanced Radiotherapy

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Radiography

DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to discuss advanced radiotherapy techniques. The study-unit builds upon the knowledge previously obtained by the students by developing a more in-depth understanding of radiobiology principles, advanced imaging, treatment planning and delivery techniques including particle therapies.

At the end of the study-unit, the students will be able to critically analyse and compare different radiotherapy techniques and evaluate their role in the management of various malignancies.

The students will also be able to develop the competencies needed to improve patient outcomes by identifying the biological impact of radiotherapy on tumour control and side-effects.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to develop the student's knowledge of the different aspects of radiotherapy science including radiobiology, particle therapies, imaging in radiotherapy. Knowledge regarding management and operation of equipment, both in radiotherapy treatment planning and administration of radiotherapy treatments, will also be developed.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of current developments and trends in technology and its applications to radiotherapy;
- Discuss the applications of particle therapies;
- Explain and discuss the physical concepts and principles in the design and construction of radiotherapy particle therapy equipment; and
- Describe the radiobiological principles and other factors to be considered when choosing various treatment methods for malignant and benign conditions.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss the role of imaging within radiotherapy and oncology; and
- Examine the concepts of radiation physics and discuss its role in the preparation and administration of radiotherapy treatments.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- M. C. Joiner, A. J. van der Kogel (2018). Basic Clinical Radiobiology 5th Edition. CRC Press
- P Hoskin, V Goh (2010).Radiotherapy in Practice – Imaging. Oxford University Press
- SJ Frank, XR Zhu (2020). Proton Therapy: Indications, Techniques and Outcomes 1st Edition. Elsevier
- AK Rath, N Sahoo (2016) Particle Radiotherapy: Emerging Technology for Treatment of Cancer. Elsevier
- PR Symonds, JA Mills, A Duxbury (2019). Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy: Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology 8th Edition. Elsevier.

This list is not exhaustive. Students may also wish to use radiotherapy / oncology based journals and radiotherapy equipment journals / information.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Isabel Bravo
Jose Guilherme Couto (Co-ord.)
Susan Mercieca

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