Course syllabus

Radiation Therapy Physics

EXTP45, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED BME
Date of Decision: 2021-04-14

General Information

Elective for: BME4-bf
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course will provide future engineers an introduction to radiation therapy, as a basis for communicating with other health care professionals and working for a safe and effective use of radiotherapy equipment.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must



Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to discuss and develop quality assurance programs, including monitoring of both equipment and working methods, so that each patient is ensured that the absorbed dose in the target volume is consistent with the prescribed absorbed dose, within acceptable limits.


Brief history, Overview of clinical external radiotherapy and brachytherapy. Medical linear accelerators and radiation sources in radiotherapy. Radiation beam characteristics. Treatment planning and dose calculations, intensitymodulated radiotherapy and optimisation, gating, and image-guided radiotherapy. Radiotherapy with protons, light ions, and neutrons. Dosimetry protocols (IAEA) and beam quality concepts. Quality assurance and quality control, acceptance testing/commissioning and periodic checks of radiotherapy equipment. Accidents and incidents in radiotherapy.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: For a grade 3 the student must pass a written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: Mandatory Courses in the BME-Programme
The number of participants is limited to: No

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Crister Ceberg,