PHYS5401 Medical Imaging Physics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Students are introduced to the physical principles underlying the main medical imaging techniques and their clinical applications. Topics include X-ray and computed tomography (CT) radiology, nuclear medicine radioisotopes and imaging techniques, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, mammography and image processing.
Students are able to (1) describe the physical principles underlying the operation of medical imaging equipment; (2) understand and apply mathematical methods of image construction and processing; (3) understand aspects of clinical applications of imaging methods; (4) discuss radiation safety issues in the operation of medical imaging equipment; (5) understand basic quality control (QC) for equipment used in nuclear medicine and radiology; and (6) recognise potential sources of artefact or inaccuracy.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) tutorial preparation and participation; and (3) a three-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
the Master of Medical Physics (51630)
Honours in Physics
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550)
Advisable prior study:
ANHB5451 Human Biology for Medical Physicists
Contact hours
practical classes: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline

Bushberg, J. T. The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, 2nd edn: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2002

Cherry, S. R. et al. Physics in Nuclear Medicine, 3rd edn: Saunders 2003

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