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Resources on Spectroscopy and Radiology

Resources on Spectroscopy and Radiology

Here is a resource on spectroscopy and radiology that explains how it allows medical professionals to harness the power of radiated energy to diagnose treat patients. Spectroscopy studies and measures radiation intensity, and the interaction between radiated energy and matter. Radiology uses imaging to diagnose and treat conditions and diseases in patients.  The most common use of spectroscopy and radiology in the medical profession is MRI and x-ray, which allow doctors and other medical professionals to diagnose and treat patients using images of the body.  Diagnostic uses of radiology include x-rays, fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear medicine. Interventional radiology uses radiology imaging for guidance during procedures, such as angioplasty.

Spectroscopy can be used for photodynamic therapy. In this type of therapy, spectroscopy is used to kill tumors with visible light. Using spectroscopy to kill tumors allows doctors to complete the  treatment without invasive surgery. Additionally, spectroscopy is used for fluorescence diagnostics. Both photodynamic therapy and fluorescence diagnostics are of particular interest in skin cancer, as they offer effective treatment and diagnostics without being invasive. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is related to magnetic resonance imaging, commonly known as MRI. Doctors and researchers use MRS to obtain more fine-tuned information than is available in MRI. It is presently considered experimental in the clinical medical community, and by most insurance companies, but it is used as a tool for medical research, and may be a commonly used tool in the future. MRS can reveal biochemical information in tissues without  a biopsy. Specifically, MRS can tell doctors how aggressive a tumor is, making it an impressive and valuable tool.

Here you will find a wealth of resources for learning, practicing, and exploring the use of spectroscopy and radiology in the medical profession and beyond.

  • Wikipedia: Biophysics - Wikipedia’s article on Biophysics shares a summary and resources on biophysics. Check it out to find information, links, and more.
  • Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group – A part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group is an NIH resource for macromolecular modeling and bioinformatics. Visit the group’s site for research, publications, instruction, and more.
  • Wikibooks: Human Physiology – Wikibooks offers this community-edited book on human physiology. It covers a wealth of information, including all of the major systems, development, nutrition, and reproduction.
  • Physics in Medicine and Biology – IOP Science shares this journal on physics in medicine and biology. It’s published on behalf of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine with editorials, news, and more.
  • Medical Physics - This journal shares writings and research on medical physics. Read the articles and editorials for radiology, radiation oncology, biophysics, public health, and more.
  • Controversies in Medical Physics – In this document, you will find a collection of point/counterpoint debates on medical physics. Published by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, it offers an excellent resource for medical physics.
  • What is Spectroscopy? – Arizona offers this resource on Spectroscopy. You will find an introduction to the practice, starting with answers to simple questions on spectroscopy.
  • The Physiological Society – The Physiological Society is a collection of members who research how the body works. On this site, you can find a journal of physiology, education, media, and other physiology resources.
  • Conservation Laws – Conservation is an online physics textbook. You’ll find information on energy, momentum, and thermodynamics.
  • TCEAP – TCEAP is the site for constants and equations. Study science, math, and astronomy, including physics.
  • Wolfram Functions - Wolfram Functions offers a world of resources for functions and function plotting. You can compute and evaluate functions, formulas, and graphics.
  • Physicsworld - Physicsworld has news, views, and information from IOP. On this site, you’ll find a blog, multimedia, events, and even jobs.
  • Units of Measurement – This site has a dictionary of Units of Measurement. Find a great collection of units of measurement with the help of this site.
  • NIST Atomic Spectra Database – NIST shares this atomic spectra database. You can select data according to wavelengths or energy levels.
  • CHP Spectroscopy – Virginia Tech has this introduction to spectroscopy. It covers the absorption, emission, and scattering, as well as related topics.
  • Professions in Diagnostic Radiology – RadiologyInfo is an information resource for patients and more. You’ll see information about subspecialties, assistant, technologists, and nurses
  • Wikipedia: Electron paramagnetic resonance - You can read about electron paramagnetic resonance, also known as electron spin resonance is explained in this Wikipedia article. It covers the theory, parameters, applications, and other important information on electron paramagnetic resonance.
  • Introduction to MRI – The MRI Tutor offers an introduction to MRI. This introduction includes the basics, instrumentation, special topics, a glossary, and references.
  • MRI Safety – MRI Safety has an excellent information resource for safety, education, and research. You’ll find safety videos, research information, books, and lectures.
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists – ASRT has resources for radiologic technologists that can improve patient care. Visit this site for continuing education, news, publications, and more.
  • How MRI Works – Discovery Health’s article explains how MRI works. Read it to find out the technical details of using MRIs and their images.
  • A Primer on MRI and Functional – Douglas C. Noll’s paper shares a primer on MRI and functional MRI. It has an introduction to NMR, one dimension localization, image acquisition, and other resources.
  • Spectroscopy Online – Visit Spectroscopy Online to find articles for learning about spectroscopy. The site has a magazine, notebook, podcasts, and other resources for materials analysis and modern spectroscopic techniques.
  • SpectroscopyNOW - SpectroscopyNOW is a free online resource for the spectroscopy community. Visit the site to find webinars, podcasts, books, journals, and jobs.
  • Learning Radiology – Learning Radiology will help you recognize the basics of radiology. Every week, you will see new cases, as well as lectures, notes, images, and even quick quizzes.
  • The Multi-Dimensional Human Embryo - The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has a three-dimensional image reference of the human embryo with MRI. You can view photos, animations, and MRI images from 28 days to 56 days.
  • Analytical Spectroscopy – Virginia Tech’s course on analytical spectroscopy provides an introduction to the practice. View instruction, review, general principles, and notes from the course.
  • Radiology.org – Radiology.org is full of resources for radiology students. You will find a search, journals, directory, and other great tools for learning about radiology.
  • What is Mass Spectrometry? – Check out this resource from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry to improve your education in mass spectrometry. It will take you through an introduction of the analytical technique of mass spectrometry.
  • PET Imaging Clinic – The PET Imaging Clinic has physician’s resources. These resources include case studies, a description of PET indications, and links.
  • X-Ray Interactions With Matter – The Center for X-Ray Optics has this resource for X-ray interactions with matter. You’ll find an introduction, calculations, and examples of x-rays.
  • MAX-lab – The MAX-IV Laboratory has resources for research in physics. See publications, seminars, links, and much more on this site.
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center Nuclear Medicine Lectures - Walter Reed’s site has lectures on nuclear medicine. You will see slides with information for the nuclear medicine service.
  • Mallinkrod Institute of Radiology Cases – Check out this resource to see radiology cases. You will see bone scintigraphy, renal scintigraphy, myocardial imaging, and other cases that can teach you about nuclear medicine.
  • University of Kansans Nuclear Medicine – The University of Kansas shares teaching files and more on their website for nuclear medicine. Find research, information, and other resources.
  • Martindale’s Radiology Center - The Martindale Center shares a variety of links for radiology. Resources include cases, courses, journals, videos, and more.
  • COMPARE - COMPARE is a radiology resource from the Institute of Diagnostic Radiology at the University Erlangen Germany. It offers an extensive web based training in radiology.
  • CU Spectroscopy – The University of Colorado’s Organic Chemistry department has this resource on spectroscopy. It includes a tutorial, theory of NMR, problem tutorial, and other learning tools.
  • Radiology Rounds – Radiology Rounds is a resource from the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. You can print and download current and archived issues of this newsletter for radiology physicians.
  • Health Physics Society Radiation Fact Sheets - The Health Physics Society offers fact sheets for radiation safety. Resources include sheets on food irradiation, mobile phones, pregnancy, and other issues in radiation.
  • Ultrasound in Pregnancy – Dr. Michael Appelbaum’s resource is a web book for parents and parents to be. It is also useful for students of ultrasound to get an easy to read understanding of how the tool works.
  • Radioisotopes in Medicine – The World Nuclear Association’s article discusses radioisotopes and their role in medicine. Find out about nuclear medicine, diagnostic techniques, radionuclide therapy, and other uses of radioisotopes in medicine.