Physics P3 AQA Medical Applications of Physics

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  • Medical Applications Of Physics
    • X-rays
      • X-rays are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. They have a short wavelength and cause ionisation
      • Properties
        • They are transmitted by soft tissue
        • Absorbed by metal and bone
        • Their wavelength has the diameter of an atom
        • They affect a photographic film in the same way as light
      • Used to diagnose medical conditions and treat them
      • Precuations should be taken as they are ionising
      • An example is a C.T scan. They form a three d image as they take slices of x-rays
    • Ultrasound
      • Higher frequency than human hearing (20-20,000 hertz)
      • Ultrasound waves are partially reflected when hitting different densities.
        • The time taken for the reflection to reach a detector determines how far away the bondary is.
      • s=v*t
      • Used in medicine- pre-natal scanning and removing kidney stones.
    • Lenses
      • Refraction is the change of direction in lightas it passes into a different medium.
      • A lense forms an image by refracting light
      • In converging/convex lenses parallel rays of light are brought to a focus called the focal length
      • refractive index=sini/sinr
      • Images; are they real/unreal, magnified/not magnified, upright/inverted
      • Converging lense=magnified
      • Ray diagrams: through principle axis, through centre and where they meet
      • Magnification= image height/object height
    • The Eye
      • Parts of the eye
        • Cornea- Focus' the light
        • The lens allows the light to be refracted
        • Pupil- allows the light to enter the eye
        • The retina- detects light and transmits it to the brain
        • The Caliary Muscle- These tighten the thickness
        • Suspensory ligaments- these attach the cornea to the claiary muscles
      • Concave/Convex lenses help to improve the image on the retina
      • Near point-       25cm                            Far point-infinity
      • The eye and a camera work in the same way as they both allow light in and the photographic paper acts in the same way as a retina.
      • Power of a lense P=1/f p is dioptres and focal lenght is metres
    • Other uses of light
      • Total internal reflection- refractive index=1/sinc
      • Crotical angle is where the refracted ray disappears
      • Light can be sent along optical fibres
        • Endoscopes send light down a tube in order to see.
          • Makes surgery much easier
      • Lasers can be used for cutting,cauterising and burning


Miss KHP

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