Mr Somanesan will provide an overview of physics discoveries, including the beginnings of modern physics and medical physics; and radioactivity, including types of radiation, background radiation and the Law of Decay. It will also introduce medical imaging, including a brief history of x-ray developments, radioisotope imaging, Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scanning and conventional radiation therapy, including electron linac, radionuclide therapy, brachytherapy and proton therapy.
Prof Osipowicz will commence with a short review of the historical developments of medical physics and an appraisal of its current relevance, specifically for aging societies facing growing prevalence of degenerative diseases. This will be followed by a discussion of the situation in Singapore, including the large investment in a proton beam therapy facility planned at the National Cancer Centre Singapore and current infrastructure at local hospitals. The session will conclude with an overview and update of developments at NUS on current and planned research efforts and the anticipated expansion in the manpower pipeline of trained local medical physicists through M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes.