Friday, April 4, 2008

Medical Physcis in the News

Teachers and students using the 4th edition of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology might want a simple, enjoyable way to learn about the latest breakthroughs in Medical Physics. I suggest viewing some of the stories and videos at the website Medical Physics in the News. This site, sponsored by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, contains 90 second videos about recent medical physics developments. The videos are produced by Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science, a syndicated science and engineering news service for local television newscasts.

For instance, a video from December 2007 titled "Baby Thinking" describes a technique using diffuse optical tomography to study brain activity in children. Diffuse optical tomography is based on the diffusion of infrared and visible light through biological tissue, a topic examined in Chapter 14 of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology. The November 2007 video titled "Safer MRI Scans for Heart Patients" explains how magnetic resonance images can be obtained safely in patients with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Pacemakers are described in Chapter 7, and MRI is explained in Chapter 18, of our textbook.

For those teachers who spend a lecture on the technical aspects of, say, optical diffusion may want to end the class with a 90 video describing a potential application to modern medicine. It could help make the the basic science learned from Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology more relevant to the students.

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