HOW TO UNDERSTAND A PHANTOM?
Published: 4 Oct 2021
Abstract: Medical Physics students’ theoretical training is currently not enough to allow graduates to work on expensive equipment, like those ones that are used in medical imaging, radiotherapy or nuclear medicine. Certainly, Physics Faculties from Romania have a moral obligation for society, to deliver graduates capable of facing current technology and challenges about patients and staff’ safe. The aim of this paper is to propose a complementary approach for students’ laboratory activities, using a didactic computed tomography (DCT) and some didactic phantoms (DC), to understand the role of quality assurance (QA) in the process of providing high-quality medical services for the patients’ benefit. A phantom is not a ghost or a scary thing, it is a useful device, an object used as stand-ins for human tissues to ensure that used systems and methods for human body imaging are working properly . QA of each CT used in simulation is essential in radiotherapy because it represents the starting point in the oncological patients’ pre-planning work-flow. It is important to obtain a very good image quality and ensure that the dose received by the patient is as low as reasonably achievable. In the next years, a balance between theory and practice should be rethought for Medical Physics students to prevent possible accidents that may occur due their lack of experience. The difference between harm and benefits for Medical Physics students’ progress is given by the instructors’ creativity in finding new teaching and assessment methods, using some didactic equipment capable to simulate a professional environment.
Keywords: medical imaging, didactic phantom, didactic computer tomograph, quality assurance, students training
Cite this article: M. T. Udristioiu, A. Stoian. HOW TO UNDERSTAND A PHANTOM?. Journal of International Scientific Publications: Educational Alternatives 19, 217-224 (2021). https://www.scientific-publications.net/en/article/1002304/
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