Medical Physics

The Institute of Physics's Medical Physics Group has produced a set of teaching materials which can be used to teach medical physics at GCSE/Standard level in schools. Much of the material is appropriate to use for A-level medical physics options.

The Institute's Teaching Medical Physics resources, that include Positron Emission Tomography, Gamma Cameras, Electrocardiagrams, X-ray Imaging, Ultrasound, Pulse Oximeters and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, consist of presentations, teachers' notes, student worksheets and videos from the Institute of Physics, Schools and Colleges Lecture 2011, "From X-rays to Anti-matter, The Science of Seeing Inside Your Body".

The other files contain lessons as Powerpoint presentations and other material aimed at helping teachers to teach science with examples from medical physics. The presentations can be used as free-standing lessons at GCSE level (on the electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity and ultrasound), or parts of the presentations may be used at A level or earlier, or for particular topics such as the Doppler effect, radiation safety or waves.

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Pulse Oximeters

This resource from the Institute of Physics (IOP), describes how light can be used in pulse oximetry to measure pulse rate and oxygen levels in the body. The video, taken from an IOP Schools and Colleges lecture, describes how shining red and infra-red light through the body can be used to measure pulse rate and...

Ultrasound *suitable for home teaching*

This resource from the Institute of Physics, describes how ultrasound can be used to image the body. The video describes how ultrasound can be used to image a professional footballer's knee to investigate the cause of pain. The teachers' notes contain an introduction to ultra-sound imaging, lesson notes linked to...

Electrocardiagrams

This resource from the Institute of Physics, describes how electrocardiagrams (ECGs) record the activity of the heart through electrodes placed on a patient's skin. The teacher's notes contain an introduction to ECGs and lesson notes for the associated PowerPoint file. A mark scheme for the worksheet is also...

Gamma Cameras

This resource from the Institute of Physics (IOP), describes how cameras sensitive to gamma radiation can be used to image the body. The video, taken from an IOP Schools and Colleges lecture, briefly describes the history of the discovery of radioactivity and how the first particle accelerators could be used to...

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