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Anatomy and Physiology for Clinical Medical Physicists

Semester 1

This theoretical course is designed to introduce the students to the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body and the aspects essential for the clinical medical physicist. The course outlines gross anatomical structures and regions, discusses their functions and helps students to identify them from a range of diagnostic images. Medical physicists must have a sound understanding of human anatomy in order to be competent partners in the multidisciplinary teams found in radiation medicine facilities. This course provides students with the basic anatomy and physiology knowledge required to operate effectively in such environments.

  • Anatomical nomenclature:
    • Origin of anatomical names
    • Prefixes and suffixes
    • Anatomical position and body plane terminology
  • Structure, Physiology, Pathology, and Radiographic appearance (X ray, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine imaging) of:
    • Bones and Bone Marrow
    • Brain and CNS
    • Thorax
    • Abdomen
    • Pelvis
    • Respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine systems
  • Coursework: 40%
    • One In-course test (2 hours) 40%
  • Final Exam 60%
    • One three-hour written paper 60%
Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the major organ systems
2. Distinguish major organ systems on Xray images, CT images, MRI images and nuclear medicine images
3. Relate the anatomical structures and physiological function with the imaging modalities used to view them
4. Distinguish between gross anatomical structures
5. Examine the physiological mechanisms for repair

Course Code: 
2 Credits
Level 1
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