R806 Winter 2019 The Advancement of Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Instrumentation in the 21st Century
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 24–Jan. 31
Instructor: Evan Douple
In the past two decades, advancements in the development of tools for earlier, more accurate, and less invasive medical diagnoses of various diseases have been remarkable and should continue to have a positive impact on human health care. This course will examine how key discoveries from multiple scientific disciplines have refined the use of radiation to detect disease (MRI, CT, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine) and improve its treatment (particle accelerators, the gamma knife, deep-brain stimulation, and focused ultrasound). The arsenal of biomedical engineering instrumentation can enable the physician to “look” inside the body and conduct procedures in a manner that has come a long way from the days of your father’s doctor’s stethoscope.
Evan Douple, an OLLI member, is a radiation health effects specialist with a PhD in radiation biophysics. He was a professor at the Dartmouth Medical School, directing the biomedical engineering research program of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and conducting cancer research.