FYS4535 – Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to how radioactive substances and the physical properties of the atomic nucleus is used in medicine, both for diagnostics and therapy.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have basic knowledge about the physical and chemical properties of radioactivity and radioactive substances.
  • you have knowledge about concepts like dose and the interaction of nuclear radiation with matter, especially in view of the radiations use in molecular targeted cancer treatment.
  • you have knowledge about principles for detection of nuclear radiation (different types of detectors, detection limits, uncertainty analysis).
  • you have detailed knowledge of how radioactive nuclides are produced in different types of nuclear reactions (using neutrons and charged particles) and how these nuclides connect to carrier molecules that have a specific transport path, physiological function or interaction with processes in the body.
  • you know how radioactive trace elements can be used in diagnosis and therapy.
  • you have knowledge of nuclear medicine detector systems from the simplest (single-detector full body) to the more complicated, such as SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) and PET (Positron Emission Tomography).
  • you have knowledge about diagnosis and therapy using external radiation such as: X-ray and CT (Computer Tomography), Proton and 12C-therapy.
  • you are familiar with structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), especially for the fusion of MRI with the functional techniques PET and SPECT, and how nuclear radiation is used in medicine, both in the form of injected radioactive trace elements (tracers) and as external rays.

Admission to the course

Studenter må hvert semester søke og få plass på undervisningen og melde seg til eksamen i Studentweb.

Dersom du ikke allerede har studieplass ved UiO, kan du søke opptak til våre studieprogrammer, eller søke om å bli enkeltemnestudent.

You should have some knowledge of production and use of radioactive substances in medicine, for instance from a course within one of the following disciplins: nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, pharmacy, medicine or medical physics.

Overlapping courses


There is a compulsory attendance for the first lecture. Your registration for the course is withdrawn, if a valid reason for missing the first lecture has not been reported to the Department of Physics studieinfo@fys.uio.no before the lecture starts!

The course is given as lectures over 60 hours, 4 hours per week. Some of these hours are combined with theoretical exercises in the classroom.

The course has an excursion to production laboratories (IFE, Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory and Norwegian Medical Cyclotron Laboratory and applied centers (Radiumhospitalet or Rikshospitalet).

About halfway through the semester, students are given an individual theme to prepare a 15-20 minute mandatory presentation. The presentation will be conducted for lecturers and students in plenary. To be eligble for exam, the oral presentation must be approved.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


To be eligble for exam, the oral presentation must be approved.

Final oral exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9535 – Medical applications of nuclear physics

Examination support material

Nuclide chart

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 26, 2020 6:11:44 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)