Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine (PHYS*4070)
Code and section: PHYS*4070*01
Term: Winter 2020
Instructor: Dennis Mücher
Dennis Mücher, MacN 224
Guelph / Waterloo Link room (MacN 101); Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:50pm
As of Tuesday, 24th of March, all classes will be provided via “Zoom”. The link has been provided via Courselink.
Medical physics is a rapidly developing science field where the strong interference of physics, biology and medicine has a large and growing impact on our health care system. This course gives an overview about the physics foundations and recent technical developments of medical imaging and medical treatment techniques. A special emphasize is put on accelerator-based cancer therapy which revolutionizes the way cancer can be cured through special isotope production, hadron therapy and targeted radiation treatments. Topics include:
- General image characteristics and image reconstruction
- X-ray detection and X-ray radiography
- Computed tomography
- Planar scintigraphy, SPECT
- PET and PET/CT
- Cancer Treatment using photons and electrons
- Foundations of hadron cancer therapy
- Particle accelerators and nuclear reactions
- Production of radioisotopes
- Targeted radiation cancer therapy
There is no single textbook which covers the complete course. I will be posting my lecture notes and additional material onto courselink. To some extent, we will closely follow this book: N. Smith, A. Webb: Introduction to Medical Imaging, Cambridge Univ. Press 2010. There is a hardcover (100$) as well as an e-book version (75$) available. Includes clinical examples and exercises.
- 30% Assignments
- 10% Presentation
- 30% Midterm (tba)
- 30% Final online exam (Multiple choice and text-based answers)
Assignments will have extra questions for graduate students.
Each student gives a presentation (20+10 min.) during class via “Zoom” and screen sharing on a selected topic towards the end of the semester (tba).
by appointment via Zoom
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