PHYS5404 Radiation Physics and Dosimetry

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit introduces students to the principles and applications of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation physics. Students learn about the different types of radioactivity, and their sources and their interactions with matter. They explore the different types of radiation detectors, the basis on which they work, and understand which is appropriate for each type and energy level of radiation. This fundamental knowledge builds towards the measurement of radiation to determine dose (dosimetry) and predict its effect on the human body.
Students are able to (1) understand and identify the different types of radiation and their sources; (2) understand the characteristic properties of radioactivity; (3) understand how different types of radiation interact with matter; (4) understand the physics and functionality of various radiation detectors; (5) apply this knowledge toward dosimetry; and (6) learn about clinical dosimetry and standards.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial preparation and participation; (2) three assignments; and (3) a three-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad
Unit rules
Enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
the Master of Medical Physics (51630)
Contact hours
practical classes: 2 hour per week plus one hour of practicals in some weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]

Podgorsak, E. B. Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists, 2nd edn: Springer, 2010

Podgorsak, E. B. Radiation Oncology Physics: a Handbook for Teachers and Students: IAEA 2005

Bailey, D. L. Nuclear Medicine Physics, A Handbook for Teachers and Students: IAEA 2014

Mayles, P. et al. Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice: Taylor & Francis 2007


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