2.7 How is radiation used to maintain human health?

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.

To access the page click here.

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.


Text Resources

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

Papers from the 2013 Physics Teachers Conference

Relevant papers from earlier Physics Teachers Conferences

Other documents

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.

Classroom Activities

IT Applications

Useful Websites

Useful Video Websites