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Welcome to Medical Physics Principles

This course is designed to give physicists, engineers, chemists, pre-med students, and other technical majors an introduction to the application of physics in the field of medicine. Students will be introduced to the fundamental science and real-world application of diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and health physics. This course will cover topics such as radiation interactions with matter, the concept of radiation dose, the effect of radiation on biology, 2D x-ray imaging, computed tomography (CT) imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, biomedical optics, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), and the treatment of cancer utilizing radiation therapy.

Topics of Research

  • Monte Carlo modeling of photon transport in biological tissue
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
  • Diffuse optical tomography
  • Photoacoustic tomography
  • Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography
  • Biomedical spectroscopy
  • Endoscopic microscopy
  • Optical elastography
  • Neurophotonics
  • Medical laser technology
  • Ultra-fast optics in biomedicine
  • High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Ultrasound-mediated drug delivery
  • 3D ultrasound imaging
  • Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS)
  • Image Artifacts
  • Elastography
  • Technologies for digital imaging
  • X-ray CT in treatment planning
  • Quantitative imaging
  • Multi-energy CT
  • Multi-detector CT
  • CT image reconstruction
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Cone-beam CT
  • Safety + Calibration method
  • Radiotherapy
  • X-ray contrast agents

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