2023-2024 / PHYS0412-1

Biomedical physics


30h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine4 crédits 


Laurent Dreesen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is aimed at students who, during their degree or their career, will have to work with medical imaging, an ever-evolving technology. The application of physics in the area of medical instruments is spectacular. We have come a long way since Laennec invented the stethoscope in 1819 and Roentgen discovered X-rays in 1895! Radiography, scintigraphy, tomography, ultrasonography, thermography and, more recently, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography have revolutionized the diagnostic possibilities.
The main course chapters are : waves, photon and quantum numbers, nuclear imaging, xray imaging, endoscopy, thermography, nyclear magnetic resonance imaging, echography, microscopy. An introduction to optical spectroscopies will be also teached.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aims to introduce in a simple but rigorous manner the physical concepts which are the basis of several medical imaging techniques. Students will be able to understand where the information is coming from, they will be aware of the limitations, possible artifacts and side-effects of the techniques.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General Physics and Mathematics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- Theoretical essions
- 4 exercices sessions will be organized.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is given in Q2.

Recommended or required readings

ascicules d'exrciceCourse Supports: course notes "Medical imagery, physical bases"by A. Seret and M. Hoebeke, University of Liège edition
Slides on eCampus.
Exercices booklets.
All these pedagogical materials will be available on eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:

 Final quotation = (2/3) theory + (1/3) exercices
Exams subjects
- All theoretical courses slides with tablets additional information
- Subjects of exercices sessions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. L. DREESEN, Institut de Physique B5 (Phone: 04/366.30.36 ; e-mail Laurent.Dreesen@uliege.be)

Secretary: C. Renson
Tel : 043663614
email : christine.renson@uliege.be

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