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PX308 Physics in Medicine

Lecturer: Michael Pounds

Weighting: 7.5 CATS

In recent years considerable progress has been made in the application of physics and physical measurement techniques to medicine. This module concentrates on five major areas of medical physics: plain film X-ray imaging, X-ray computer tomography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound in medicine, and radiotherapy. The aim of the module is to demonstrate the application of basic physical principles to these important areas of medical physics.

To show how some of the physics learnt in a number of core modules may be applied in an important area outside of physics.

By the end of the module, you should be able to explain the physical principles underlying the five areas of the application of physics to medicine covered in the module. You should be able to discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each of these therapeutic or investigative techniques and have some understanding of the current research into ways in which they might be improved.

An introduction to some of the applications of physics in medicine. A general introduction then four major topics:

  1. Plain film X-ray imaging
  2. X-ray computer tomography
  3. Nuclear medicine
  4. Ultrasound in medicine
  5. Radiotherapy

A companion module is Magnetic Resonance (PX388), where the syllabus includes one of the most important diagnostic tools in modern medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Commitment: 15 Lectures

Assessment: 1.5 hour examination.

This module has a home page.

Recommended Texts:
S. Webb (Ed), The Physics of Medical Imaging, Hilger
B.H. Brown et. al., Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering IOPP;
G. Steele, Basic Clinical Radiobiology, Arnold;
Bomford et. al., Walter and Miller's textbook of radiotherapy, Churchill.