Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine (PHYS*4070)
Code and section: PHYS*4070*01
Term: Winter 2016
Instructor: Dennis Mücher
|Dennis Mücher||MacN firstname.lastname@example.org|
Thursday, 1 -3 pm in my office (MacN 224)
Please visit me at any time in my office or via email (email@example.com)
|Tuesday, Thursday||10:00 am – 11:30 am||MacN 101|
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
- Ultrasound imaging
- 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 onto courselink. Anyway, for the first part (imaging) the two following books can be recommended:
- • 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 a good selection of exercises. This book will serve as a guideline for the first part of this lecture. Similar information can be found in
- • M.A. Haidekker: Medical imaging technology, Springer 2013: Freely available online at the UofG library for all UofG Students (use PRIMO search). This book is slightly more technical and contains less clinical examples.
The second part (treatment) partly covers recent developments and no single textbook is recommended. A good first overview is freely available at the NUPECC Homepage
|Midterm (to be discussed in the first lecture)||30%|
|Final Exam (Thursday 21 April 2016, 7pm – 9pm)||50%|
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