HST.531 Medical Physics of Proton Radiation Therapy


Class Info

Acceleration of protons for radiation therapy; introduction into advanced techniques such as laser acceleration and dielectric wall acceleration. Topics include the interactions of protons with the patient, Monte Carlo simulation, and dose calculation methods; biological aspects of proton therapy, relative biological effectiveness (RBE), and the role of contaminating neutrons; treatment planning and treatment optimization methods, and intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT); the effect of organ motion and its compensation by use of image-guided treatment techniques; general dosimetry and advanced in-vivo dosimetry methods, including PET/CT and prompt gamma measurements. Outlook into therapy with heavier ions. Includes practical demonstrations at the Proton Therapy Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

This class has no prerequisites.

HST.531 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by B. Winey and J. Schuemann.

Lecture occurs 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM on Tuesdays in E25-119.

This class counts for a total of 6 credits.

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