AB.D1 Evaluate the choice of ionising and non-ionising radiation diagnosis and treatment techniques in relation to a specific service user.

Unit 21: Medical Physics Applications in the Health Sector

Level: 3

Unit type: Internal

Guided learning hours: 60

Unit in brief

Learners explore how physics has been applied in medical physics applications, some of their underlying fundamental principles and their contribution to the health sector.

Unit introduction

A number of technological advances have resulted in the use of faster, less-invasive and more effective techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), infrared thermography, computerised tomography (CT), ultrasound and radiotherapy. Health sector professionals may use these technologies to help them diagnose and treat many medical conditions.

In this unit, you will explore medical physics applications and their underlying fundamental physical principles in the health sector. You will examine the uses of ionising radiation, including x-rays, gamma rays and radiotherapy. Radioactive materials are used in the rapidly developing branch of nuclear medicine. Applications of non-ionising techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), laser technology and infrared waves will also be investigated, as will the use of sound  waves. You will study the importance of health and safety aspects of using ionising radiation.

This unit is especially useful for those going into nursing or the allied health professions, such as radiotherapy, physiotherapy or a laboratory-based role.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A   Understand how non-ionising radiation instrumentation techniques are used for diagnosis and treatment of the human body

B   Understand how ionising radiation instrumentation techniques are used for diagnosis and treatment of the human body

C   Explore the risks, side effects and health and safety precautions for ionising and non-ionising radiation.

Assessment criteria

Pass                                           Merit

Distinction

Learning aim A: Understand how non-ionising radiation instrumentation techniques are used for diagnosis and treatment of the human body

 

 

 

 

AB.D1  Evaluate the choice of ionising and non-ionising radiation diagnosis and treatment techniques in relation to a specific service user.

A.P1 Explain the principles and production of a laser and how it is used in diagnosis and treatment.

A.P2 Explain the principles and production of imaging techniques used in non-ionising radiation diagnosis in relation to a specific service user.

A.M1 Assess the suitability of different non-ionising radiation diagnosis and treatment techniques in relation to a specific service user.

Learning aim B: Understand how ionising radiation instrumentation techniques are used for diagnosis and treatment of the human body

B.P3 Explain the principles and production of external and internal radiotherapy.

B.P4 Explain the principles and production of x-ray images, CT and CAT scans for diagnosis and treatment in relation to a specific service user.

B.M2 Analyse the suitability of different ionising radiation techniques used for diagnosis and treatment in relation to a specific service user.

Learning aim C: Explore the risks, side effects and health and safety precautions for ionising and non-ionising radiation

C.D2

 

 

 

 

C.D3

Evaluate the health and safety precautions for service users and operators using ionising and non-ionising diagnosis and treatment techniques  in relation to a specific service user.

Justify a choice of ionising and non-ionising diagnosis and treatment technique with reference to risks, side-effects and safety precautions for a service user in relation to a specific service user.

C.P5 Explain the risks and side effects of ionising and non-ionising diagnosis and treatment techniques for operators and service users.

C.P6 Explain the safety precautions for x-ray and MRI use for operators and service users.

C.M3 Analyse the risks and side-effects to operators and service users of ionising and non-ionising diagnosis and treatment techniques in relation to a specific service user.


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