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2022-2023 Catalog 
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RA 120 - Radiotherapy Technology II

Credit Hours: 3

Designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the following: medical terminology; radiographic imaging theory and methods; nutrition; emphasis on radiation therapy treatment planning; and dose calculations. Topics include quality assurance, treatment charts, alignment devices, and patient contours.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the discovery and history of x-ray;

  • identify the components of an x-ray machine, cassette and intensifying screen;

  • list and describe the treatment and imaging modalities used in cancer management;

  • identify the components of tumor classification and staging system;

  • define such terms as: tissue tolerance, lethal dose, therapeutic ratio, fractionation, radiosensitivity, palliation, and isocenter;

  • state the content and purpose of the radiotherapy prescription;

  • distinguish between the three sources of radiation used for external beam radiation;

  • identify the components of a linear accelerator and their function; and

  • perform basic radiation therapy calculations.

Prerequisites: RA 100
Corequisites: RA 102
S (C)

Three (3) 50-minute classes per week for 15 weeks.