Medical Physics

Radiology Physics Review Course

Michael Nichols, PhD, professor of physics at Creighton University and director of graduate programs in physics and medical physics, conducts the annual Radiology Physics Review Course for radiology residents.

The purpose of this course is to review the physical concepts and principles that are employed throughout the wide array of imaging modalities used in diagnostic radiology. Radiology residents and the instructor meet for one hour each week throughout the fall and spring academic semesters to discuss topics including the production of x-rays, interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, x-ray imaging, digital detectors, image quality, radiation dosimetry, radiography, mammography, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, computed tomography, radioactivity, radiopharmaceuticals, nuclear imaging detectors, the gamma camera, SPECT, PET, dosimetry in nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance physics, magnetic resonance imaging principles, and ultrasound. Artifacts associated with each imaging modality are carefully considered. Seminars are interactive and designed to help residents develop a physical intuition and appreciation for the rationale, technological advantages and limitations of the state of the art practice of diagnostic imaging. A significant amount of time devoted to answering and discussing quiz questions in preparation for the ABR exam.

In addition to the seminar course, radiology residents also have the opportunity to actively participate in clinical research projects in collaboration with Dr. Nichols and medical physics graduate students from the Department of Physics.