PX308-7.5 Physics in Medicine
Physics and physical measurement techniques are essential to diagnostics and therapies in modern 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.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
An introduction to some of the applications of physics in medicine. Five major topics:
- Plain film X-ray imaging
- X-ray computer tomography
- Nuclear medicine
- Ultrasound in medicine
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Explain the physical principles underlying the five areas of the application of physics to medicine covered in the module
- Discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each of these therapeutic or investigative techniques
- Describe some current research into ways in which the techniques of medical physics might be improved.
Indicative reading list
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.
Medicine uses anything it can to understand and treat illness. It has imported many techniques and therapies from physics (radiology, radiotherapy, MRI, acoustics) as well as from other disciplines. This module looks at how physics is applied in medicine.
Subject specific skills
Knowledge of physics relevant to medicine. Skills in modelling, reasoning, thinking.
Analytical, communication, problem-solving, self-study
|Lectures||15 sessions of 1 hour (20%)|
|Private study||60 hours (80%)|
Private study description
Working through lecture notes, solving problems, wider reading, discussing with others taking the module, revising for exam, practising on past exam papers
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group B1
|2 hour online examination (Summer)||100%|
Answer two out of three questions
Feedback on assessment
Personal tutor, group feedback
This module is Option list A for:
- Year 3 of UPXA-F300 Undergraduate Physics (BSc)
- Year 4 of UPXA-F301 Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year)
This module is Option list B for:
UMAA-G105 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year)
- Year 3 of G105 Mathematics (MMath) with Intercalated Year
- Year 5 of G105 Mathematics (MMath) with Intercalated Year
- Year 3 of UMAA-G100 Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc)
UMAA-G103 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath)
- Year 3 of G103 Mathematics (MMath)
- Year 4 of G103 Mathematics (MMath)
UMAA-G106 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
- Year 3 of G106 Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
- Year 4 of G106 Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
- Year 3 of UPXA-FG33 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys)
- Year 3 of UPXA-GF13 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc)
- Year 3 of UPXA-FG31 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys)
- Year 4 of UPXA-GF14 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year)
- Year 4 of UMAA-G101 Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year
- Year 3 of UPXA-F304 Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys)
- Year 3 of UPXA-F303 Undergraduate Physics (MPhys)