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RADT403 Brachytherapy Principles and Practice

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Historical development, sources, specifications, radiobiology, high/low dose rate, interstitial and intracavity systems, national and international criteria, radiation safety.

Paper title Brachytherapy Principles and Practice
Paper code RADT403
Subject Radiation Therapy
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,938.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,992.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,992.25

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RADX 403
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Teaching staff
Claire Wilson
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, environmental literacy, information literacy, research, self-motivation, teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
On the completion of this paper the successful student will be able to
  • Define the main terms and fundamental principles in brachytherapy
  • Describe the historical development of brachytherapy
  • Discuss the radiation safety issues pertinent to brachytherapy
  • Review the traditional implantation and pre-computerised dose calculation methods for intracavitary and interstitial systems
  • Describe computerised brachytherapy treatment planning and the role of imaging in brachytherapy planning
  • Critically review the role of brachytherapy in the treatment of gynaecological malignancies and evaluate local practices with respect to national and international criteria
  • Discuss the use of interstitial brachytherapy in some common treatment sites

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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