Highgrove Education

Physics for Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is an essential part of medicine used for diagnosing pathologies. In this elective, we will focus on the Physics behind the main imaging techniques: Ultrasound and Doppler imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-rays, Computerised Axial Tomography (CAT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). In order to do so, we will start by visiting a few fundamental concepts in Physics and Chemistry that form the basis of understanding for the medical imaging techniques reviewed in this course. We will then look at each of the techniques and consider their uses, advantages and disadvantages.

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Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherDr Lampros Andrinopoulos, Physics and Mathematics Teacher
Course Length10 weeks 
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week 
Entry RequirementsParticularly suitable for pupils taking Physics or Chemistry A levels, including aspiring medics.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Introduction to Medical Imaging
Lesson 2Ultrasound
Lesson 3X-rays (Part I) 
Lesson 4X-rays (Part II) 
Lesson 5Gamma imaging
Lesson 6PET scan
Lesson 7MRI (Part I)
Lesson 8MRI (Part II)
Lesson 9Bringing everything together I
Lesson 10Bringing everything together II

Teacher Profile

Dr Lampros Andrinopoulos studied a Master’s in Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, where he also completed his PhD on dispersion interactions in density functional theory. He earned his teaching qualification (PGCE) in 2015 from Canterbury Christ Church University and has taught in a variety of schools since then, including Latymer, St Paul’s Girls’ School, and Harrow School Online.