FYS4730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the physics of ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer; also the role of radiotherapy in cancer therapy in general and the radiotherapy process is discussed. The physics of radiotherapy comprises an introduction to interaction between radiation and matter and radiation dosimetry, characteristics of the radiation beam and dose distributions, the physics of therapy machines, treatment techniques, treatment planning and dose computation, as well as an introduction to clinical radiation biology. Both the physics of external beam therapy and brachytherapy is covered. The course comprises also a clinical assignment.

Learning outcome

The students should:

  • understand the basic physical properties of ionizing radiation and how they are utilized in radiation therapy.
  • describe principles for generating ionizing radiation in radiation therapy.
  • explain the practical planning and implementation of radiationtherapy.
  • describe the radiation response of tumor- and normal tissue, and explain this in light of radiation biology and models.
  • understand the limitations and uncertainties of radiation therapy.
  • explain the principles and the equipment for relevant dose measurements (dosimetry).
  • explain dose calculation models.
  • explain radionuclide therapy.
  • understand the role of radiation therapy in modern cancer treatment.

Admission to the course

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Overlapping courses


The course extends over 7 weeks. Compulsory lab work.

Ettersom undervisningen innebærer laboratorie- og/eller feltarbeid, bør du vurdere å tegne en egen reise- og personskadeforsikring. Les om hvordan du er forsikret som student.


Clinical assignment must be approved before the final exam.

Final oral exam just after the 7 weeks of lectures are finished. 

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 4:12:02 PM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)