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Radiation Dosimetry

  • 7.5 credits

In this course you will learn the fundamentals of radiation dosimetry which is a crucial part of the medical physics programme. You will learn all you need to quantify radiation fields numerically and experimentally, and learn how to work professionally with dosimetric equipment.

The knowledge you obtained in the previous radiation interaction course will he be applied to understand fundamental concept of dosimetry. You will understand important concepts such as radiation equilibrium, kerma and dose, which will help you to calculate what dose an object receives when exposed to a given radiation field. You will learn analytical methods to do this, but also computational Monte Carlo methods which can be used for more complex geometries. You will learn how to use several dosimeter types which are used in clinical settings, such as ionization chambers, thermoluminescent detectors and semiconductors. To give you some practical hands-on experience, there will also be experimental work at the hospital using ionization chambers at a linear accelerator used for radiotherapy. You will also work with published journal articles and learn to interpret and discuss their results in a journal-club setting. This will also train your presentation skills.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced full-time course given during the daytime, except for one laboratory session which may occur in the evening. The course is included in the Master`s Programme in Medical Physics.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, activating tutorials and exercises, computer exercises as well as practical laboratory work.

    The course can be given in English.


    The course is examined through a written and oral exam.



    Lecture education:

    Niels Bassler, e-mail:
    Marta Lazzeroni, e-mail:

    Laboratory assistant:

    Wille Häger, e-mail:    
    Axel Erbing, e-mail:

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    • P. Andreo, D. T. Burns, A. E. Nahum, J. Seuntjens and F. H. Attix "Fundamentals of Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry", Wiley 2017
    • Bo Nilsson Exercises with Solutions in Radiation Physics, De Gruyter 2015
  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: