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Medical Physics & Bioendineering Minor Descriptions

 

Minor in Medical Physics & Bioengineering (15 credits)

 

Students must complete ALL five courses to satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Medical Physics & Bioengineering.

 

Semester I

BMET 2001       Bioengineering

BMET 2002       Introduction to Medical Physics

PHYS 3160       Medical Physics & Bioengineering Laboratory (yearlong)

Semester II

PHYS 3167       Radiation Biophysics and Medicine

PHYS 3168       Medical Instrumentation

 

* Credits for all yearlong courses are given at the end of the second semester only.

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: BMET 2001
COURSE TITLE: BIOENGINNERING
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:

PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will emphasize a systemic view of human anatomy, hierarchy of structures, the function of the various systems of the body and an introduction to selected physiological functions in the human body. Additionally, the physics of the human body will be addressed in terms of the generation of electricity and the use of biopotential measurements in medical diagnostics. This course will focus on the following: Review of radiation interaction with matter; Medical radiation sources and their applications in diagnosis and therapy (focus on detectors, scanners and image processing in the medical environment); Nuclear medicine: radioisotopes, tracer studies and system modeling; Biomechanics as applied in orthopaedic and cardiac surgery; Biomaterials: focusing on the properties of implantable materials and their preparation for implantation; Kinetic and blood flow studies. This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: BMET 2002
COURSE TITLE: INTODUCTION TO MEDICAL PHYSICS
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The Medical Physics section of this course will focus on radiation diagnostic methods, corresponding equipment and image analysis in medicine in addition to the production and use of different radiation types for diagnosis and cancer therapy. While in the Bioengineering section, human movement analysis, the development of prostheses and orthoses, the use of man-made materials in the human body, fluid flow and tracer techniques for diagnosis will be considered. This course will focus on the following: The structure, function, properties and Physics of bone, muscles, cardiovascular and nervous system. Feedback and Control systems in the body and homeostatis. Biomedical potentials, electrooculogram (EOG), electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetocardiogram (MCG).The visual system and the auditory system. This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3167
COURSE TITLE: RADIATION BIOPHYSICS AND MEDICINE
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to cell biology and DNA: this part of the course addresses cell structure, division and functioning, DNA as the main target for radiation, genetics, functioning of cell and damages caused by different types of radiation.
Radiation damage and DNA repair. Cell death and mutation. Organ, tissue and organism effects of irradiation: This part of course addresses cell survival after irradiation and different biological and chemical mechanisms affecting the survival as well as DNA damage and repair. Tissue, organs and organism, effects of irradiation. Here the key knowledge of radiation effects is learned.
Modern methods of radiotherapy: This part of course addresses the main principles, modern methods of radiotherapy and combined therapies as well as tumor biology and responses of tumor and of normal tissues to radiation.
Radiation Carcinogenesis: This part of course addresses the development of cancer after radiation: type of malignancy, dosage, time responses and concepts of for risk estimations.
Radiation protection and legislation: This part of course addresses radiation accidents, radioecology, risk estimation and current legislation in radiation (International and Local). What we have learned after certain accidents and how to avoid high radiation doses or to minimize the consequences of irradiation.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3168
COURSE TITLE: MEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:

PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Electronic Instruments: voltmeters e.g. VTVM Transistor voltmeter, multimeter, use of cathode-ray oscilloscope for the measurement of voltage, current phase and frequency, special purpose oscilloscopes, measurement of resistance, inductance, capacitance, using Kelvin’s, Maxwell’s and Schering bridge, measurement of effective resistance at high frequency, R meter, LCR meter. Signal generators, function generator, wave analyzer, harmonic distortion analyzer, spectrum analyzer, spectrum analysis.
Transducers: operation of strain gauge, electromechanical transducer e.g. Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT), thermocouple, piezo- electric crystal, photoelectric transducers, light detecting resistor (LDR), SQUID, thermistors. Digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion techniques.
Data Acquisition System for patient monitoring: recording equipment: types e.g. graphic, strip chart, magnetic tape, digital tape and requirements. Safety issues: Macro and micro current shock, special design from safety consideration, safety standards, testing, ensuring protection of equipment and personnel.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I & II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3160
COURSE TITLE: MEDICAL PHYSICS & BIOENGINEERING LABORATORY
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:

PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ALL CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR ALL CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Laboratory experiments and field trips with site work are to be performed corresponding to the taught components of the Medical Physics & Bioengineering minor. The students will be expected to perform the exercises and collect their data and depending on the complexity of the exercise will submit the written report at the end of the exerciseor submit it the following week for assessment.

 

Assessment:

Coursework 100%

 

 

* Credits for all yearlong courses are given at the end of the second semester only.

 

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