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Effective Medical Imaging Physics Education


P Sprawls


P Sprawls1*, (1) Sprawls Educational Foundation, Montreat, NC

TU-C-218-1 Tuesday 10:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM Room: 218

A practical and applied knowledge of physics and the associated technology is required for the clinically effective and safe use of the various medical imaging modalities. This is needed by all involved in the imaging process, including radiologists, especially residents in training, technologists, and physicists who provide consultation on optimum and safe procedures and as educators for the other imaging professionals.

This area of education is undergoing considerable change and evolution for three reasons: 1. Increasing capabilities and complexity of medical imaging technology and procedures, 2.Expanding scope and availability of educational resources, especially on the internet, and 3. A significant increase in our knowledge of the mental learning process and the design of learning activities to optimize effectiveness and efficiency, especially for clinically applied physics.

This course will address those three issues by providing guidance on establishing appropriate clinically focused learning outcomes, a review of the brain function for enhancing clinically applied physics, and the design and delivery of effective learning activities beginning with the classroom and continuing through learning physics during the clinical practice of radiology. Characteristics of each type of learning activity will be considered with respect to effectiveness and efficiency in achieving appropriate learning outcomes. A variety of available resources will be identified and demonstrated for use in the different phases of learning process.

A major focus is on enhancing the role of the medical physicist in clinical radiology both as a resource and educator with contemporary technology being the tool, but not the teacher.

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop physics learning objectives that will support effective and safe medical imaging procedures.
2. Understand specific brain functions that are involved in learning and applying physics.
3. Describe the characteristics and development of mental knowledge structures for applied clinical physics.
4. List the established levels of learning and associate each with specific functions that can be performed.
5. Analyze the different types of learning activities (classroom, individual study, clinical, etc.) with respect to effectiveness and efficiency.
6. Design and Provide a comprehensive physics education program with each activity optimized with respect to outcomes and available resources.


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