We hear about CAT scans, PET scans and MRI scans, but few people understand the underlying scientific bases for these procedures. This course will explore the science of medical imaging and examine the medical information that we can obtain for each of the techniques. We will also explore the history and meet some of the personalities that played a role in developing these techniques. We will explore radioactive decay, the production of X-rays, the response of the body to magnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation and much more; all in a user-friendly and readily understandable manner. The “art” of medical imaging will explore how the physician uses this information to make medical decisions and personalize patient care. The course does not require a science background and is designed for the intellectually curious.
John Mercer is a Professor Emeritus at UofA. He taught courses in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine and had an active research program at the Cross Cancer Institute.