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Syllabus for

Academic year
TIF170 - Medical physics  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAPP
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

This course round is cancelled

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Minimum participants: 8

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Professor  Peter Apell


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Approved courses in linear algebra, programming and fundamental physics.


To give an overview of physical principles and mathematical image processing applied in modern medicine. The course will cover techniques used in the clinics today, as well as techniques in the foremost research front.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

describe how technical innovations based on physical phenomena are applied in medicine.
have basic knowledge about the most important mathematical image processing algorithms applied within different medical techniques.
describe a particular technique and have good knowledge about the fundamental physical and technical solutions applied in the technique.
perform some of the most fundamental image processing algorithms on medical images.
search for information within this particular area.


Medical physics is a very broad science field, why it is difficult to cover the whole field within the frame of this course. Instead the ambition is to present a broad overview of the area. Thereafter the students will be able to dig deeper into one particular technology, working with a specific project in groups (2 - 3 students). Examples of different techniques which will be covered by the course are computer tomography, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, photodynamic therapy, and fluorescence diagnostics. The physical principles behind every method will be covered, as will mathematical image reconstruction and image analysis.


Lectures will be held by teachers and invited lecturers from Chalmers, Göteborg University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. In order to get a feeling for how the techniques are applied in reality, visits to different clinics at the hospital will be offered. The project will be carried out under the supervision of a supervisor.


The course will not follow any specific course book. But there is recommended reading in the form of:
S.A. Kane, Introduction to physics in modern medicine, 2003, Taylor & Francis
R.K. Hobbie, Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, 3rd Ed, 1997, Springer-Verlag

Lecture notes and additional material will be handed out during the course. In the project work, a complementary literature review will be performed by the students


The examination will be based on the performance and presentation of project work, both written report and oral presentation required, and the results of five assignments.

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