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Subject: MEDICAL PHYSICS (A.A. 2020/2021)

master degree course in PHYSICS – FISICA

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Medical Physics
Related or Additional Studies (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: FIS/07 CFU: 6
Teachers: Gabriele GUIDI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language English
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Gabriele GUIDI


The course is an overview of the basic knowledge of diagnostic, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, radiation protection, and magnetic resonance techniques. The course explores the basis and techniques of imaging, calculation, and measures that use ionizing and non-ionizing radiation in humans. The course shows a practical sample of the professional medical physicist in healthcare, industry and research sectors

Admission requirements


Course contents

The course introduces the technology and applied physics used in Medical Physics, particularly in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy, Radiation Protection and Magnetic Resonance
Introductions of image reconstruction and patient's dose calculation in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy
Introduction of image reconstruction in Magnetic Resonance

Introduction to technical parameters for a radiological image.
Hardware and Data Acquisition technique
Image Reconstructions algorithm

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Hardware and Elements of MR physics
Introduction to MR sequences and image reconstruction methods, including advanced techniques (Diffusion Tensor Imaging, fMRI,…)

Nuclear Medicine
Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
Physics principle of SPECT technique
Positron Emission Tomography
Physics principle of PET technique

LINAC principles, technology and techniques
Image acquisition, reconstruction and techniques
Applied physics of high energy photons in medical physics practice
Dose delivery and biological effects

Radiation Protection measures and principles to prevent accident and role of the medical physics in safety procedure applied to medicine and industry

Teaching methods

Slides, Video and literature analysis Books and guidelines Interactive discussions and build of a personal project work

Assessment methods

Project work Presentation exam

Learning outcomes

Focus on Medical Physics discipline
Be oriented of multiple areas of the discipline, particularly related to the basic physics principles and knowledge of the technology and images reconstruction using radiation ionizing and non-ionizing techniques


Linee guida, presentazioni e letteratura disponibili e aggiornate allo stato dell'arte della fisica medica

Guidelines, presentations and literature available and updated at the state of art the medical physics