Biomedical Physics 1
Module version of WS 2022/3 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2022/3||SS 2022||WS 2021/2||WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2010/1|
PH2001 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Mandatory Modules in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||30 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2001 is Franz Pfeiffer.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module teaches the physical basics of biomedical applications in clinics and research. These applications include medical imaging. Specifically, the following main topics are covered in these applications: Interaction, generation and detection of X-rays, radiography, X-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medical imaging (incl. PET / SPECT), and ultrasound.
After successful participation in this module the student is able to
- describe the physical principles of various imaging modalities and to explain the respective process of image aquisition.
- name and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of various imaging techniques (CT, MRT, PET/SPECT, ultrasound).
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Biomedical Physics 1||
Assistants: Schaff, F.
Thu, 12:00–14:00, virtuell
Learning and Teaching Methods
This module consists of a lecture in which the theoretical basics and their experimental implementation will be explained and made understandable by descriptive examples from clinical applications. Multimedia materials will be used to explain the different techniques. Great importance is attached to stimulating interactive discussion with the students and among the students about the current topics. The lecture notes contain hyperlinks to the original papers, which are intended to promote the entry into independent literature research. The students are instructed to deepen the topics explained in the lecture independently by such research.
- Hybrid Format:
- pre-recorded online PowerPoint presentations with integrated animations and whiteboard
- weekly interactive in-person discussions
- PDFs with hyperlinks
- Radiology Guest Lecture
- H. Zabel: Medical Physics 1 & 2, De Gruyter, (2017)
- A. Oppelt: Imaging Systems for Medical Diagnostics, Publicis, (2006)
- W. Schlegel, J. Bille: Medizinische Physik, Bd. 2, Springer, (2002)
- J. Als-Nielsen, D. MacMorrow: Elements of Modern X-Ray Physics, Wiley, (2011)
- W. Kalender: Computertomographie: Grundlagen, Gerätetechnologie, Bildqualität, Anwendungen, Publicis, (2006)
Description of exams and course work
There will be a written exam of 60 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions, discussions based on sketches and simple formulas.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Sketch the experimental setup of an X-ray computer tomograph.
- Using a suitable sketch, explain the basic mathematical principles of CT reconstruction using filtered rear projection.
- Describe the basic function of a magnetic resonance tomograph.
- How is location information coded in MRI?
- What does SPECT mean and how is a corresponding device constructed?
In the exam no learning aids are permitted.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.
Current exam dates
Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.
|Exam to Biomedical Physics 1|
|Tue, 2023-02-28, 14:15 till 15:45||003
|till 2023-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2023-02-21)|