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Biomedical Physics (MSc, PhD)

Overview

If you are looking for a challenging career with a positive social impact, this is it. Biomedical Physics is an exciting, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary field in which MSc and PhD graduate degrees lead to a career in research, biomedical technology or clinical medical physics. Graduate students seeking to enter a medical physics residency program may pursue a CAMPEP accreditation in Medical Physics, which distinguishes our programs.

Degrees awarded: MSc, PhD

Administered by: Faculty of Science

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Curriculum

  Degree Requirements: Master of Science Credit

 

Master’s Thesis

(Milestone)

BP8102

Medical Diagnostic Techniques

1

BP8103

Fundamentals of Radiation Physics

1

BP8201

Master’s Seminar I

Pass/Fail

BP8201

Master’s Seminar II

Pass/Fail

 

Two* credits from elective list

2

 

*For students electing the Option in Medical Physics, only one (1) elective is required

 

Option in Medical Physics

 

Degree Requirements for Master of Science plus:

 

 

CAMPEP -- Clinical Shadowing

Milestone

BP8104

Radiation Therapy

1

BP8107

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

1

BP8112

Radiobiology

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physicists

1

 

AND as required to meet CAMPEP accreditation requirements

 

CAMPEP -

Medical Diagnostic Techniques

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Fundamentals of Radiation Physics

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Radiation Therapy

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Radiobiology

Milestone

Elective list
Course code Course name Credits

BP8101

Statistics for the Health Sciences

1

BP8104

Radiation Therapy

1

BP8105

Computational Methods in Biomedical Physics

1

BP8106

Optical, Acoustic and Thermal Physics

1

BP8107

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

1

BP8108

Special Topics I

1

BP8109

Special Topics II

1

BP8110

Biomedical Ultrasound

1

BP8112

Radiobiology

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physics

1

Note: with permission from Supervisor and Program Director, Master’s and PhD students may use one graduate course from a relevant program in place of one elective.

**For example, a student may be assigned BP8102/BP8103 to ensure adequate background in Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging.

  Degree Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy  Credits

 

Doctoral Candidacy Examination

(Milestone)

 

Doctoral Dissertation

(Milestone)

BP9101

Science Communication

1

BP9201

Doctoral Seminar I

Pass/Fail

BP9202

Doctoral Seminar II

Pass/Fail

BP9203

Doctoral Seminar III

Pass/Fail

BP9204

Doctoral Seminar IV

Pass/Fail

 

Two credits from elective list

2

 

Up to two additional credits, if necessary**

Up to 2

Option in Medical Physics

 

Degree Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy plus:

 

 

CAMPEP -- Clinical Shadowing

Milestone

BP8102

Medical Diagnostic Techniques

1

BP8103

Fundamentals of Radiation Physics

1

BP8104

Radiation Therapy

1

BP8107

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

1

BP8112

Radiobiology

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physicists

1

 

AND as required to meet CAMPEP accreditation requirements

 

CAMPEP -

Medical Diagnostic Techniques

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Fundamentals of Radiation Physics

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Radiation Therapy

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

Milestone

CAMPEP -

Radiobiology

Milestone

Elective list
Course code Course name Credits

BP8101

Stats for the Health Sciences

1

BP8104

Radiation Therapy

1

BP8105

Computational Methods in Biomed Physics

1

BP8106

Optical, Acoustic and Thermal Physics

1

BP8107

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

1

BP8108

Special Topics I

1

BP8109

Special Topics II

1

BP8110

Biomedical Ultrasound

1

BP8112

Radiobiology

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physics

1

Note: with permission from Supervisor and Program Director, Master’s and PhD students may use one graduate course from a relevant program in place of one elective.

**For example, a student may be assigned BP8102/BP8103 to ensure adequate background in Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging.

Doctoral Candidacy Examination

The aim of the candidacy exam is to assess the originality and appropriateness of the proposed research, its relevance to the program, and the students’ ability to complete the research and the program.  The exam consists of a written and oral component.

This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

Doctoral Dissertation

Students are required to conduct advanced research in the area of Biomedical Physics.  A specific research topic must be chosen in consultation with the student’s supervisor(s) and with advice from the supervisory committee. The student will conduct the research under the direction of the supervisor(s) with guidance from the supervisory committee.  In order to complete the course the student must, upon approval from the supervisory committee, submit a written dissertation to an examination committee, and make an oral presentation and defense of the dissertation to this committee.  Through the dissertation, the student must demonstrate an original contribution of new knowledge to the field of research, competence in research and a deep understanding of knowledge in the area of research.  This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

Master’s Thesis

This a laboratory-based research project.  Students are required to conduct research, submit their completed research  in a thesis format to an examination committee, and make an oral presentation and defence of the research thesis and results to this committee.  Through the thesis, students are expected to demonstrate competence in oral and written communication, experimental design and scientific thought processes, as well as a sound understanding of the specialty area associated with the research.  This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

CAMPEP -- Clinical Shadowing

Clinical shadowing is designed to give the Medical Physics Option students exposure to the clinical practice of Medical Physics.  It is broken up into several components.  The duration of each component can range from 2 hours to 2 half-day sessions.  Each component is supervised by a clinical medical physicist at a regional cancer centre.  Students are responsible for contacting the responsible medical physicist to schedule a clinical shadowing session.  No more than two students can participate in the same clinical shadowing session. The course will have a Pass/Fail grade, where a Pass will be assigned based on attendance and participation in all components. This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

CAMPEP – Medical Diagnostic Techniques

The student should have successfully completed the CAMPEP accredited version of BP8102 (Medical Diagnostic Techniques). For students who successfully completed a previous version of BP8102 in the Biomedical Physics program will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing in the course they took. Students who took an anti-requisite of BP8102 will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing from the anti-requisite course they took. This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

CAMPEP – Fundamentals of Radiation Physics

The student should have successfully completed the CAMPEP accredited version of BP8103 (Fundamentals of Radiation Physics). For students who successfully completed a previous version of BP8103 in the Biomedical Physics program will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing in the course they took. Students who took an anti-requisite of BP8103 will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing from the anti-requisite course they took.  This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

CAMPEP – Radiation Therapy

The student should have successfully completed the CAMPEP accredited version of BP8104 (Radiation Therapy). For students who successfully completed  a previous version  of BP8104 in the Biomedical Physics program  will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version  that were missing in the course  they took.  Students who took an anti-requisite of BP8104 will have to complete  and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing from the anti-requisite course they took.  This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

CAMPEP – Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

The student should have successfully completed the CAMPEP accredited version of BP8107 (Rad Protection and Dosimetry). For students who successfully completed a previous version of BP8107 in the Biomedical Physics program will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing in the course they took. Students who took an anti-requisite ofBP8107 will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing from the anti-requisite course they took.  This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

CAMPEP – Radiobiology

The student should have successfully completed the CAMPEP accredited version of BP8112 (Radiobiology). For students who successfully completed a previous version of BP8112 in the Biomedical Physics program will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing in the course they took. Students who took an anti-requisite of BP8112 will have to complete and pass any components in the CAMPEP accredited version that were missing from the anti-requisite course they took.  This is a “Milestone.”  Pass/Fail

BP8101 Stats for the Health Sciences

This course is designed as a first course in biostatistics with emphasis on relevance in biomedical physics applications. Topics include nonparametric statistics, linear regression, errors and structural analysis of linear relationships between variables, nonlinear estimation, survival analysis and multivariate analysis of data. A statistics computer package will be used. 1 Credit

BP8102 Medical Diagnostic Techniques

This course will cover a wide variety of contemporary topics in medical imaging including x-ray imaging (production, planar x-ray, fluoroscopy, dual x-ray absorptiometry), computed tomography (CT), functional CT, magnetic resonance imaging (temperature mapping, functional MRI), ultrasound, Doppler techniques, positron emission tomography, bone densitometry, trace element detection and nuclear medicine.  Antirequisite: PCS405.  1 hour lab/week.  1 Credit

BP8103  Fndmntls of Radiation Physics

This course is designed for students with an undergraduate background in radiation physics. Topics include the Bohr atomic model, Rutherford scattering, emission of photons, x-ray spectra, Bremsstrahlung and characteristic radiation, homogeneous and heterogeneous photon beams, thin and thick x-ray targets, absorption and scatter of photon beams, beam attenuation, Thomson scattering, Photoelectric effect, Rayleigh scattering, Compton effect, pair production, interaction of neutrons with matter, radiation quantities and units, radiation decay, exposure, kerma, dose, and dose equivalent.  1 hour lab/week.  1 Credit

BP8104 Radiation Therapy

This course is an introduction to radiation therapy physics, including topics such as radiation teletherapy units; interaction of radiation with tissue; dosimetry of a single beam of x-ray; beam calibration and patient dose calculation; combination of beams and treatment planning, brachytherapy; radiation detection. Prerequisite: BP8103.   1 hour lab/week.  1 Credit

BP8105 Comp Modeling in Biomed Phys

The course will focus on the use of computational modeling techniques for hypothesis driven investigation of problems in biomedical physics.  The student will apply and integrate fundamental knowledge of mathematics, physics and life sciences to design and implement appropriate models and to analyse and interpret simulation results.  Emphasis will be placed on simulation methods such as Monte Carlo methods, and finite element and finite difference techniques.  1 Credit

BP8106  Optcl, Acstc and Thrml Phys

The course will begin with basic optical, acoustic and thermal propagation in biomaterials. This will be followed by the presentation of the principles of photodynamic therapy, optical sensing, ultrasound biomicroscopy, optoacoustics imaging, thermal therapy and thermography. 1 Credit

BP8107 Rad Protection and Dosimetry

The course will focus on health physics, radiation safety and radiation protection (shielding).  Students will learn the essentials of determining radiation doses from internal and external ionizing radiation sources.  A survey of sources, applications, risks and control of environmental radiation will be presented.  The final part of the course will review microdosimetry.  Prerequisite BP8103  1 hour lab/week.  1 Credit.

BP8108 Special Topics I

This course examines selected topics in areas related to the program that are not covered by existing courses.  The topic(s) will vary depending on the needs and interests of the students and the instructor.  The course description will be announced prior to scheduling the course. 1 Credit

BP8109 Special Topics II

This course examines selected topics in areas related to the program that are not covered by existing courses.  The topic(s) will vary depending on the needs and interests of the students and the instructor.  The course description will be announced prior to scheduling the course. 1 Credit

BP8110 Biomedical Ultrasound

This course covers the essential elements in the physics of ultrasound and its current applications in medicine and biology.  Topics include: physics of ultrasound, linear and non-linear ultrasound field calculations, scattering of ultrasound, ultrasound transducers, ultrasound imaging systems, Doppler ultrasound, and therapeutic ultrasound.  1 Credit

BP8112 Radiobiology

Fundamentals of physics and chemistry of radiation interactions, free radicals, oxidation and reduction. Subcellular and cellular effects: killing, repair, sensitization and protection. Measurement methods. Survival curves and their significance. Modification of the radiation response. Tissue effects, genetic and carcinogenic effects, mutations, hazards. Antirequisite:  PCS354.  1 Credit

BP8113 Advanced Imaging

This advanced level course will include mathematical methods in imaging science (linear systems and image processing), image reconstruction techniques for CT, cone-beam CT, PET and MRI, and MRI imaging.  Image registration, Rose Model, ROC curves, signal-to-noise ratio, and DQE will also be discussed.  Prerequisite: BP8102 or equivalent.  1hour lab/week.  1 Credit

BP8114 Anatomy and Physiology for Med. Phys

An overview of the structure of the main regions of the human body including the thorax, abdomen, bones, brain and central nervous system.  Function of respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.  Anatomical nomenclature and a radiographic appearance of different body regions will be discussed.  1 Credit

BP8201 Master’s Seminar I

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on current research in the specialization fields and emerging areas of medical physics.  This is a two term course (Fall and Winter) in the first year of the program, and is generally  one hour per week.  Presentations will be given by graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars and guest speakers.  Pass/Fail.

BP8202 Master’s Seminar II

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on current research in the specialization fields and emerging areas of medical physics.  This is a two term course (Fall and Winter) in the second year of the program, and is generally  one hour per week.  Presentations will be given by graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars and guest speakers.  Pass/Fail.

BP9101 Science Communication

The course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing an academic career as well as those intending to work outside the academic environment after graduating.  Specific course goals are to provide graduate students with insight into, and practice in effective means of science communication as well as an awareness of ethical issues in research and professional environments.  This will be done through various activities that include writing and reviewing research grant proposals, teaching physics mini-lessons, literature and presentation critiques, manuscript and thesis/dissertation preparation, and oral presentation for a range of audiences (scientist, media, lay audience, school children) and subjects (including research-related and more general topics).  This course is suitable for students in other scientific or engineering disciplines.  1 Credit.

BP9201 Doctoral Seminar I

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on current research in the specialization fields and emerging areas of medical physics.  This is a two term course (Fall and Winter) in the first year of the Doctoral program, and is generally one hour per week.  Presentations will be given by graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars and guest speakers.  Pass/Fail.

BP9202 Doctoral Seminar II

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on current research in the specialization fields and emerging areas of medical physics.  This is a two term course (Fall and Winter) in the second year of the Doctoral program, and is generally one hour per week.  Presentations will be given by graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars and guest speakers.  Pass/Fail.

BP9203 Doctoral Seminar III

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on current research in the specialization fields and emerging areas of medical physics.  This is a two term course (Fall and Winter) in the third year of the Doctoral program, and is generally one hour per week.  Presentations will be given by graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars and guest speakers.  Pass/Fail.

BP9204 Doctoral Seminar IV

This course consists of weekly seminars with emphasis on current research in the specialization fields and emerging areas of medical physics.  This is a two term course (Fall and Winter) in the fourth year of the Doctoral program, and is generally one hour per week.  Presentations will be given by graduate students, faculty members, visiting scholars and guest speakers.  Pass/Fail.