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# PHYS2007 Medical Physics

## Module Overview

Applications of physics to medicine will be of particular interest to those contemplating a career in this field. The course is taught primarily by staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy, but brings in staff from Southampton General Hospital who are experts in the specific fields covered to provide more 'hands-on' experience of the techniques. The course includes several visits to the General Hospital to see something of medical physics and radiotherapy in practice.

### Aims and Objectives

#### Module Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to a number of applications of physics to medicine with particular emphasis on those commonly used in the work of the medical physicist.

#### Learning Outcomes

##### Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

• Define medical imaging techniques specified in the syllabus below and know where they are applied in clinical practice
• Describe how ionising radiation interacts with matter, how it affects living organisms and how it is used as a therapeutic technique
• Express the units and terms used in radiological protection and the sources of and approximate level of exposure of the UK population
##### Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Illustrate how non-ionising radiation can be used to image the body
##### Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

• Solve simple mathematical problems based on any part of the syllabus

### Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions10.5
Fieldwork4
Revision10
Follow-up work10.5
Lecture21
Total study time150

S.A.Kane. Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine.

T Bushberg, J A Seibert, E M Leidholdt, J M Boone (2002). The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging.

B H Brown, R H Smallwood, D C Barber, P V Lawford, D R Hose (1999). Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

D J Dowsett, PA Kenny, R E Johnston (2001). The Physics of Diagnostic Imaging.

### Assessment

#### Assessment Strategy

Formal assessment is 100% by exam. Both problem sheets and quizzes are optional, and provided to allow students to assess their progress through the course modules. Visits to SGH are in the evening (to allow full access to busy clinical areas), appropriate dates will be discussed with the class.

Quizzes

#### Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

#### Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

#### Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

#### Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External