University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Radiology
Diagnostic Radiology Imaging Physics Course


2011-2013

Course description

This course provides radiology residents with an understanding of the physical principles and theories involved in diagnostic imaging modalities. For each imaging modality, the image formation process along with important image quality metrics (noise, low-contrast resolution, spatial resolution, etc…) and their relation to image appearance are discussed. The course uses the AAPM curriculum and the RSNA web modules to provide clinical relevance and to aid each resident in preparing for the ABR board examination to be taken in 2013. Additionally, basic radiation safety, radiation biology, radiation protection, and radiation risk are discussed. The course objective is to provide the radiology resident with an understanding of current imaging technology and of the physical principles that drive image quality and radiation dose.

 

The content on this website is currently being migrated to another page (http://courses.washington.edu/radxphys/).  Class instructions and current weekly course content may be found on the new page under the heading 'R2 Content.'

 


Lectures

 

Prior Lectures

Weeks 1-2 (21 and 28 January 2010):

Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter
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Resident Prepared Cheat Sheet

RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (X-ray Interactions, Attenuation):

X-Ray Interactions
X-Ray Attenuation

Week 4 (11 February, 2010):

X-ray Production, X-ray Tubes and Generators

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RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (X-ray Production, Generators):

X-Ray Production
X-Ray Generators

Week 5 & 6 (18 and 25 February, 2010):

Basic Imaging Science and Technology (Image Quality)

Lecture 1 - PPT Slideshow
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Lecture 2 - PPT Slideshow
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Computers in Medical Imaging (Read on your own)
Computer Networks, PACS and Teleradiology
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Look-up Table Demo - Excel
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Resident Prepared Cheat Sheet - Computers in Medical Imaging

Resident Prepared Cheat Sheet - PACS

RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (PACS):

PACS Overview - I

PACS Overview - II

Weeks 7-9 (4 -18 March, 2010):

X-Ray Projection Imaging Concepts and Detectors

Bushberg Chapter 6 - Screen-Film Radiography

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Resident Prepared Cheat Sheet

RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (Screen-Film Radiography):
Physics Overview of Screen-Film Radiography
Clinical Applications of Basic X-ray Physics Principles
Measures of Screen Film Performance
Physics and Chemistry of Film and Processing

Digital Radiography - Bushberg Chapter 11
Adjuncts to Radiology - Bushberg Chapter 12 (Read on your own)
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Advances in Digital Radiography - Radiographics Article

Image Processing Lecture - Visiting Professor, Dr. Heintz

Image Processing Lecture PDF

Weeks 10-11 (25 March and 1 April 2010):

Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation
Radiation Biology - Bushberg Chapter 25

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PPT Slideshow (Lecture 2)
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Week 12 (8 April 2010):

Radiation Protection and Associated Regulations
Radiation Protection - Bushberg Chapter 23

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Week 13 (15 April 2010):

Radiation Dosimetry 
Bushberg Chapter 24

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RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (Radiation Dosimetry):

Typical Patient Radiation Doses in Diagnostic Radiology

Week 14 (22 April 2010):

Class Review - RSNA/AAPM Physics Curriculum Modules 1-11

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Week 15 (29 April 2010):

Fluoroscopy

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RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (Fluoroscopy):
General Overview of Fluoroscopic Imaging
X-ray Image Intensifiers for Fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy: Optical Coupling and the Video System
Digital Fluoroscopy

Week 16-18 (6 May- 20 May 2010):

Mammography

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Dr. Eby's lecture

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AAPM Tutorial for Residents: Mammography as a radiographic system

AAPM Tutorial for Residents: Patient dose in mammography

AAPM tutorial. Physics of mammography: image recording process

AAPM/RSNA physics tutorial for residents: digital mammography: an overview

Week 19 - 20 (27 May - 3 June 2010):

Ultrasound

Bushberg Chapter 16, RSNA/AAPM Module 15

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PPT Slideshow (Lecture 2)
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PPT Slideshow (Add'l Topics - Kanal Lecture 2007)
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AAPM/RSNA Physics Tutorial for Residents: Topics in US

AAPM/RSNA Physics Tutorial for Residents: Beyond the Basics: Elasticity Imaging with US

AAPM/RSNA Physics Tutorial for Residents: Doppler US Techniques: Concepts of Blood Flow Detection and Flow Dynamics  

Ultrasound Clinical lecture (June 24, 2010)

Dr. Lalani Lecture (ppt)

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Week 21 - 22 (10 June - 17 June 2010):

Computed Tomography

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Dr. Gunn's Lecture - 2009 (PDF of slides)

RSNA/AAPM Tutorials (Computed Tomography):

CT Image Detail and Noise
Image Processing in CT

Radiation Dose in CT

Technological Advances in Multidetector CT with a focus on cardiac imaging

Search for Isotropic Resolution in CT from Conventional through Multiple-Row Detector

CT Artifacts

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MRI Lectures 2009

MRI - Introduction and from Picture to Proton (Ch 1-2)
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Additional MRI Educational Resources:
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Week 33 (19 February 2009):
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Week 34 (19 February 2009):
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MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 7): Spatial Encoding

Week 35 (26 February 2009):
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Week 36 (5 March 2009):
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Week 37 (12 March 2009):
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Week 38 (19 March 2009):

MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 6):

Artifacts

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Week 39 (26 March 2009):

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Quantum Mechanical Explanation of NMR:

MRI Safety (AJR Articles):

ACR Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007

PDF Document
MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 8): Resonance and Relaxation
MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 4): Pixels, Matrices and Slices PPT Slideshow
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MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 3): Image Contrast
MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 5): Image Optimization
MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 9): MRI Equipment

MRI - from Picture to Proton (Ch 12 and overview of Chs 10 and 13)Week 31 (29 January 2009): Safe MR Practiced: Self-Assessment Module
Chew, FS., Stewart, BK. AJR 2007; 188: S50-54.
http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/188/6_Supplement/S50
Kanal, E., et al. AJR 2007; 188: 1447-74.
http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/188/6/1447

Older MRI Lectures (2007, 2008):

NMR - Bushberg Ch 14 LecturePPT Slideshow
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MRI - Bushberg Ch 15 LecturePPT Slideshow
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Questions & Answers

The following Q&A are password protected (copyright protection) and exclusively for the use of UW Radiology residents taking the physics course.



Matter and Radiation
Huda Questions Huda Answers

X-ray Interactions
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Nature of Radiation and Radioactivity
Davis Questions Davis Answers

X-Ray Production
Huda Questions Huda Answers

X-Ray Production, Tubes and Generators
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Digital X-ray Imaging (Computers)
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Computers in Imaging
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Analog X-Ray Imaging
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Projection Radiography
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda Image Quality
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Image Quality
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda Digital Radiography
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Huda Radiation Protection
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Radiation Protection
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda Radiation Biology
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Radiation Biology
Davis Questions Davis Answers


Huda Patient Dose
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Huda Fluoroscopy
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Fluoroscopy
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda Ultrasound
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Ultrasound
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda Computed Tomography
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Computed Tomography
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda NMR/MRI
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis NMR/MRI
Davis Questions Davis Answers

Huda Mammography
Huda Questions Huda Answers

Davis Mammography
Davis Questions Davis Answers

 

Math cheat sheet

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