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Course Overview

Ionizing radiation is at the heart of medical imaging modalities such as diagnostic x-rays, CT, Nuclear Medicine and PET. This course will cover the underlying physics of ionizing radiation and explore the interactions of radiation with tissues and detectors.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Professor Andy Welch

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BP5008 Radiation in Medicine (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description


  • To give instruction in the basic physics of ionising and non-ionising radiation as used in medicine.
  • To give an overview of the range of applications of radiation in the modern medical environment.

Radiation Physics 

Atomic and nuclear structure. Radioactivity. Interaction of photons and particles with matter. Units of radiation dose and exposure. Measurement of radiation dose. Bragg-Gray theory. Gas detectors. Scintillation detectors, solid and liquid types. Semiconductor detectors. Neutron detectors.

Maths for Imaging 

Including differential calculus, indices, exponentials and logarithms

Radiation Protection

Radiation hazards and methods of control. Design of radioactive laboratories. Epidemiological data and biological effects. International Guidance, UK legislation: IRR99, IR(ME)R 2000, RSA 93, EPR 2010 and ARSAC. Personnel dosimetry.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Medical Imaging

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Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

Written Examination (66%); Practical (17%); Single Best Answer (17%); Quiz (0%).

Resit: written exam.

Formative Assessment

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Assignments will be marked within two weeks of submission and appropriate feedback given. Feedback will also be given for the formative asessments

Course Learning Outcomes


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