PHY503 Medical Imaging Physics (8)

This subject provides high-school science teachers and others, an introduction to the physics and basic instrumentation of the modern medical imaging technologies of ultrasound, x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine. The subject brings to life basic physics principles through their relevance and practical application to modern medical diagnosis.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Clinical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

The completion of a BSc/BAppSc/BSecEd degree or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the basic physics and instrumentation of diagnostic ultrasound, xrays and computerised tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine;
  • be competent in logically solving problems in all topics using basic mathematical methods;
  • have an appreciation for the sorts of laboratory experiments that could potentially be performed by, or demonstrated to high school students in the lab or class room; and
  • be capable of launching into further independent study in the physics and instrumentation of one or more of the above medical imaging modalities.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The syllabus will cover the following topics: Diagnostic Ultrasound physics and instrumentation - basic ultrasound physics - A- and M- mode scanning - realtime B –mode scanning - Doppler ultrasound X-rays and CT physics and instrumentation - Review of applicable physics and mathematics - Measurement and Detection of Ionizing Radiation - The Generation and Behaviour of X radiation - The Imaging Process and Radiation Detection - Dosimetry of X radiation - X radiation and Therapy Magnetic Resonance Imaging physics and instrumentation - Physics of MRI - MRI pulse sequences - spin echo and an introduction to other sequences - spatial localisation - MR contrast weightings - factors affecting image quality - MRI instrumentation - MR safety - Nuclear Medicine physics and instrumentation - Structure of the atomic nucleus - Isotopes and nuclides - Radioactivity and decay - Half life - Medical uses of radioactivity - The gamma camera - Positron emission tomography - Radiation safety

Residential School

This subject contains a 0 day Optional Residential School.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.