Module Details

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Title MEDICAL PHYSICS PROJECT
Code PHYS386
Coordinator Professor DT Joss
Physics
David.Joss@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Aims

To give students experience of working independently on an original problem related to medical physics

To give students an opportunity to display the high quality of their work

To give students an opportunity to display qualities such as initiative and ingenuity

To improve students ability to keep daily records of the work in hand and its outcomes

To give students experience of report writing displaying high standards of composition and production

To give an opportunity for students to display communication skills


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Experience of participation in planning all aspects of the work


Syllabus

 

The Physics with Medical Applications project will focus on aspects of Medical Imaging three key areas:
• Monte Carlo simulation of a radiation detector system using MCNP
• Image reconstruction of PET/SPECT data (FBP/MLEM)
• Practical project worth with PET/SPECT sensors

Some example projects for PHYS386:

"PET Imaging with Germanium Detectors"

The project will investigate the prospect of using highly segmented germanium detector devices as a component of a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner. The project will provide training in the experimental techniques required to extract energy, position and time information from a large volume semiconductor detector. The use of prototype detectors will provide quantitative experimental data, which will enable conclusions to be drawn regarding the position sensitivity possible with these new devices.

"SPECT Imaging with CdZnTe Detectors"

The aim of the project will be to investigate the prospect of using CdZnTe detectors to detect gamma-ray photons. The project will provide training in the experimental techniques required to extract energy and position information from such a semiconductor detector. You will be expected to collect and analyse experimental data from CdZnTe detectors and produce a report that details the prospects for using CdZnTe as part of a SPECT camera.

"Image Reconstruction of PET Data"

The aim of the project will be to investigate the algorithms that can be used to reconstruct computed tomography images. You will be expected to analyse experimental data from Germanium detector systems and produce a report that details the prospects for different algorithms as part of a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) camera.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture Description: Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work Description:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 1

    161

    162
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 138
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
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CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Assessment 3 Assessment Schedule (When) :2  20-30 mins    20       
Assessment 2 Assessment Schedule (When) :1      30       
Assessment 1 Assessment Schedule (When) :2      50       

Recommended Texts

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