PHYS5401 Medical Imaging Physics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Content
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, image processing, and image enhancement.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain image processing and enhancement; (2) analyse the physical principles underlying the operation of medical imaging equipment; (3) apply mathematical methods of image construction; (4) identify aspects of clinical applications of imaging methods; (5) communicate radiation safety issues in the operation of medical imaging equipment; (6) demonstrate basic quality control (QC) for equipment used in nuclear medicine and radiology; and (7) identify potential sources of artefacts or inaccuracies.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) tutorial preparation and participation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the final examination component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
ANHB5451 Anatomy and Biology for Medical Physicists
Contact hours
2 - 4 hours per week plus one hour of practicals per week
Texts

Bushberg, J. T. et al. The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, 3rd edn: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011

Cherry, S. R. et al. Physics in Nuclear Medicine, 4th edn: ELSEVIER 2012

Dance, D.R. et al. Diagnostic Radiology Physics: A Handbook for Teachers and Students, International atomic energy agency, Vienna, 2014

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