Courses Catalogue

Medical Physics

COURSE CODE: PHY3209
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course presents the fundamental principles of health Physics: the Physics of dose deposition, radiation dosimetry, elementary shielding and radiation protection devices, description and proper use (calibration and maintenance) of health Physics instrumentation, and the regulatory and administrative requirements of health Physics programs.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

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 OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  introduce the student to the various sensing and measurement devices of electrical origin

§  provide awareness of electrical safety of medical equipments.

§  bring out the important and modern methods of imaging techniques.

§  provide latest knowledge of medical assistance / techniques and therapeutic equipments.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  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 population

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

§  Illustrate how non-ionising radiation can be used to image the body