Colloquium - Nuclear Synergy: The Interplay Between Nuclear Physics and Medicine
Many of the tools and techniques currently utilized in medical physics can trace their origins to experimental nuclear physics. Specifically, positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and radiation therapy and imaging are excellent examples of how techniques of experimental nuclear physics are applied to medicine. A common theme in both nuclear physics and medical physics is the use of photons to investigate, understand, and solve problems of human interest. In nuclear physics, photons (i.e., gamma rays) are used to probe the internal structure of the atomic nucleus. In medical physics, photons (i.e., gamma rays, X rays, radio waves) are used to diagnose and treat disorders of the human body. In this presentation, I will share my past experiences in experimental nuclear physics research and illustrate how I have applied these techniques to address issues in medicine.