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The Monte Carlo Method in Medical Radiation Physics

Postgraduate course
The Monte Carlo Method in Medical Radiation Physics: Theory and Practical Applications (7.5 hp) and The Monte Carlo Method in Medical Radiation Physics: Theory part (2.5hp)

Because of Covid-19 outbreak and restrictions from our University, the course has, unfortunately, be cancelled but it is our intention to announce a new date as soon as everything have return to normal life. We will keep the list of registered participants and we will inform them as soon as we have can proceed with the course. We also will announce a new date on this web site.


The aim of the PhD course is to introduce the doctoral students to the Monte Carlo methods for simulating the interaction of photon and charged particles, which mainly applies to applications in imaging and dosimetry. The theory behind photon interactions and charged particles will be discussed in detail and with this various types of methods and algorithms for how these theories can be effectively implemented in Monte Carlo codes. Two different programs for Monte Carlo simulations (GATE and SIMIND)  will form the basis of course and their structure and possibilities / limitations will be presented in detail. The areas of application of these programs will also be discussed in detail and the intention is through this that the course participants should be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the programs by solving a problem or studying a certain phenomenon with one of these programs.
The teaching takes place full-time in the form of two parts 1) a theoretical part in the form of lectures given over a concentrated period of time (May 25-29) which describes the basic characteristics of the Monte Carlo programs that form the basis of the courses, and 2) an in-depth part given in form of individual assignment to the doctoral student and which aims to provide in-depth knowledge in a specific area, defined primarily by the doctoral student and which must have a clear connection to the teaching elements given in the theory section. The theoretical part of 2.5 credits can also be completed separately if desired.

David Sarrut, Creatis Medical Imaging Research Center, Lyon, France
Tommy Knöös, Medical Radiation Physics,  Lund
Michael Ljungberg, Medical Radiation Physics,  Lund