Our understanding of physics has driven the advancement of technology used to diagnose and treat disease since the beginning of the 20th century. This course covers these technologies and the underlying physics. These technologies include, but are not limited to, x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), radiation therapy, and ultrasound. We will also discuss, among other background topics, how x-rays, gamma rays, and sound waves are produced and the effects of radiation on matter and the body.
Prerequisite: PHYS 110 or PHYS 112