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Medical Physics

PD Events, Resources, Classroom Activities, IT Applications

Innovative Physics: Connecting Physics to Industry

This is material from the CDROM produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in partnership the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD). The material includes: Practical activities, Investigations, Materials testing, Careers information and profiles and an extensive annotated list of web-links.

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The authors were Craig Tilley and Melanie Lane. The support of the following is acknowledged: Don Swinbourne, CEO, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists; Dr Tony Speer, gastroenterologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital; Jim Hagekyriakou, senior physicist, Peter MacCallum Institute; Dr Michelle Livett, physicist, University of Melbourne and Dr Gary Egan, Howard Florey Institute.

PD Events

A two hour Saturday morning in-service is held from time to time at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. In recent years, it has been held on the Saturday after the Physics Teachers Conference, which is held in mid February each year. Below are some of the notes and photographs by the participants at the 2007 event.

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Professional Development Morning at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre - Notes

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By Dave Campbell, Sacred Heart College, Geelong, taken during the 2007 Professional Development Morning at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

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Linac Machine: side view

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The X-rays come from the head at top right. The flat section across the top contains the linear acelerator. The patient lies on the table where the white cube is. The whole unit rotates around the patient to radiuate the cancer from different angles to minmise damage to healthy tissue and organs. The attachments left and right can swing out to enable a CT scan of the patient prior to treatment to ensue that the patient is correctly positioned for the dose.

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Linac Machine: front view

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The open cupboard on the right contains the klystron to generate the microwaves for the linac.

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Linac Control room

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Some of the screens at the console.

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Resources

Text Resources

  • Cameron, JR & Skofronik, JG 1977, Medical Physics, Wiley, New York.
  • Pope, J 2000, Medical Physics: Imaging, Heinemann Advanced Science.

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Use of Fluorine 18 in Nuclear medicine

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A Word document about the radioactive isotope, Fluorine 18. The article describes its production, decay, half life and its use as a radioactive tracer. There are links to an Age article as well as the ANSTO press release and wikipaedia sites on the radio-pharmaceuticals.

Papers from the 2013 Physics Teachers Conference

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Applying Physics to Patient Care

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Powerpoint by Chris Fox, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre from the 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference.

Relevant papers from earlier Physics Teachers Conferences

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B2 Advancements in Radiotherapy Prof Tomas Kron, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Part 1

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B2 Advancements in Radiotherapy Prof Tomas Kron, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Part 2

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B2 Advancements in Radiotherapy Prof Tomas Kron, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Part 3

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B2 Advancements in Radiotherapy Prof Tomas Kron, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Part 4

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B2 Advancements in Radiotherapy Prof Tomas Kron, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Part 5

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Microsoft Powerpoint

Applying Physics to Patient Care - Part 1

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Part 1 of four parts of the PowerPoint presentation by Chris Fox from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Applying Physics to Patient Care - Part 2

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Part 2 of four parts of the PowerPoint presentation by Chris Fox from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Applying Physics to Patient Care - Part 3

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Part 3 of four parts of the PowerPoint presentation by Chris Fox from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Applying Physics to Patient Care - Part 4

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Part 4 of four parts of the PowerPoint presentation by Chris Fox from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Applications of Radiaton in Medicine

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Material from the presentation by Dr Leah McDermott of RMIT.

Other documents

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Tritium: The Back Story

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A 3 page Word document about the properties, risks and uses of Tritium. The document was written following a sensationalised article that appeared in the Age in February, 2017.

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

Marcom Projects: Radioisotopes at Work

The UK website "Teaching Medical Physics" (see under 'Useful websites' below) has three valuable powerpoints.

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Classroom Activities

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CT Scan Investigation

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An interactive worksheet to accompany the Physics 2000 Tomography web pages.

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IT Applications

Useful Websites

Useful Video Websites

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