Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine (PHYS*4070)
Code and section: PHYS*4070*01
Term: Winter 2019
Instructor: Dennis Mücher
Thursday, 1 -3 pm in my office (MacN 224)
Please visit me at any time in my office or via email
MacN 101; Tuesday, 2:30-5:20pm
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 using ISOL
- 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 as well as an e-book version available. Includes clinical examples and exercises.
30% Midterm (tba)
40% Final Exam (Saturday 13 April 2019, 2:30pm – 4:30pm)
Assignments will have extra questions for graduate students. Furthermore, graduate students are supposed to give a short oral presentation on a selected topic during the course.
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