Medical physics

Course Code :1001WETMFY
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Credit for Mathematical methods for physics I, II & III, Gen. physics I & II, Exp. physics I, Computer practicum, Intro. to analytical mechanics and Intro. to chemistry.
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Floris Wuyts

3. Course contents *

Several physiological processes can be described by means of mathematical models. External inputs (light, sound,) are being transformed in the human body into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain and decoded. As a working example, the course studies how the human vestibular system works, where movements of the human body and head are transformed into signals to the central nervous system. This leads to interpretation and specific movements of our body to maintain equilibrium and gaze stabilization. These lessons are illustrated with several clinical examples, as well as practical sessions where the students can see how clinical balance tests are performed in the Antwerp University Research center for Equilibrium and Aerospace. Additionally, other methods such as imaging methods are illustrated with a visit to the department of radiology at the University Hospital of Antwerp.