PHYSICS 7549 - Physics of Medical Imaging
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7549 Course Physics of Medical Imaging Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge PHYSICS 7011 Course Description This course introduces the main methods of medical imaging, namely X-ray, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance and ultrasound. It enables students to develop an understanding of the physics principles underlying these imaging techniques and an awareness of their clinical applications. It also discusses the mathematical principle involved in image formation and processing and provides experience in their use.
The material is arranged in 24 modules delivered online and designed for independent study. Students participate in a weekly tutorial, either face-to-face or online.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alexandre Santos
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Describe the physics principles underlying the operation of medical imaging equipment;
- Demonstrate an understanding of and apply mathematical methods of image construction and processing;
- Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of clinical applications of imaging methods;
- Discuss radiation safety issues in the operation of medical imaging equipments.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
- Bushberg, J. T., The essential physics of medical imaging, 2nd edition 2002, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
- Cherry, S. R., Sorensen, J. A. and Phelps, M. E., Physics in nuclear medicine, 3rd edition 2003, Philadelphia, PA: Saunders.
Online LearningTeaching materials and course documentation will be posted on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered by the following means:
- Workshops 12 x 2-hour sessions with one session per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course content will include the following:
- Introduction to Medical Imaging
- Measurement of Image Quality
- Imaging and the frequency domain
- Tomographic Reconstruction from Projections
- Basic Principles of X-ray Imaging
- Basic Principles of X-ray Tomography
- Basic X-ray QC and Dosimetry
- Basics of Nuclear Medicine Imaging
- Clinical Applications of Nuclear Medicine
- Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals
- SPECT and SPECT-CT
- Positron Emission Tomography
- Non-imaging procedures and QC tests for Nuclear Medicine
- Internal radionuclide dosimetry and radionuclide therapy
- Ultrasound Imaging - Basic principles and physics
- Ultrasound Imaging
- Ultrasound – Artifacts, Safety and Quality Control
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Basic principles and physics
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Pulse Sequences
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Image formation and imaging equipment
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Image quality, safety and special techniques
- Advanced Image Processing Techniques
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Type of assessment
Percentage of total assessment
Objectives being assessed/achieved
Workshop preparation Formative and Summative 10% No 1-4 Assignments Formative and Summative 40% No 1-4 Examination Formative and Summative 50% No 1-4
Assessment DetailWorkshop Preparation
Workshops will be used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material. Answer to preparatory questions will be assessed.
Summative assignments will be used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material and to provide students a benchmark for the progress in the course.
A 3 hour examination will be used to assess knowledge and understanding of and ability to use the course material.
SubmissionSubmission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
Late Submission of Assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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