Introduction to health and medical physics

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
FIS/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with an overview of the use of radiation in medicine. Starting from the principles of the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter, the fundamental concepts of radiation therapy with photons and charged particles, and of medical imaging with X-rays and Magnetic Resonance will be developed.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge concerning:

- The interaction of ionizing radiation (photons and charged particles) with matter;
- The bases of dosimetry;
- The fundamental concepts of radiotherapy with photons and charged particles;
- Basic aspects of radiobiology;
- The accelerators for hadrontherapy
- Basic concepts of the development of a hadrontherapy treatment plan
- Basic aspects of medical imaging;
- Production and detection of X-rays;
- Conventional Radiology
- Mammography and Computed Tomography
- The basic concepts of MR imaging (T1, T2, Spectroscopy, k-space. Sequences)
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will be held on the Zoom platform and can be followed both in synchronous and asynchronously because they will be recorded and left available to students on the ARIEL website of the course.
The program and reference material will not be changed. Refer to the ARIEL course website for details.
The exam will take place in oral form using the Zoom platform or, where the regulations allow, in presence, always in oral form.
Course syllabus
The teaching program covers the following points:
- The interaction of ionizing radiation (photons and charged particles) with matter;
- The bases of dosimetry;
- The fundamental concepts of radiotherapy with photons and charged particles;
- Basic aspects of radiobiology;
- The accelerators for hadrontherapy
- Basic concepts of the development of a hadrontherapy treatment plan
- Basic aspects of medical imaging;
- Production and detection of X-rays;
- Conventional Radiology
- Mammography and Computed Tomography
- The basic concepts of MR imaging (T1, T2, Spectroscopy, k-space. Sequences)
Prerequisites for admission
Basis of electromagnetism, nuclear physics and structure of matter
Teaching methods
The teaching method consists of lectures in the classroom, during which the topics of the program are explained together with examples and exercises
Teaching Resources
Slides and bibliographic documents available or suggested on the website of the course in ARIEL (http://ariel.unimi.it/)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assessment method consists of an oral test aimed at verifying the knowledge acquired by the student and the related processing skills and critical reasoning on the study carried out
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours