Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine (PHYS*4070)
Code and section: PHYS*4070*01
Term: Winter 2021
Instructor: Chris Heirwegh
Office hours by appointment via Zoom
All classes provided via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-3:50pm (EST). 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 technical developments of medical imaging and medical treatment techniques. 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
- Particle accelerators and nuclear reactions
- Production of radioisotopes
- Targeted radiation cancer therapy
At the end of this course, students will:
- be able to identify highest fidelity imaging modalities typically used to diagnose certain specific conditions
- grasp general advantages and disadvantages associated with using each imaging technology in a diagnosis
- be familiar with image reconstruction mathematical formalism used in medical imaging
- understand practical considerations associated with treatment planning
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.
|Reading comprehension and class discussion participation||15%|
|Final online exam (Multiple choice and text-based answers)||30%|
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).
In addition to their oral presentation, graduate students will produce a brief 4-8 page literature review (single spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins) summarizing the content in their presentation.
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