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Radiation Detectors and Measuring Methods

Radiation detectors are used in medical imaging and in ion beam therapy. In this course you will learn about the fundamental principles behind radiation detectors and measuring methods. This includes specific examples of some of the most common detector types on which you will gain first-hand experience through laboratory exercises.

In this course you learn about the physical principles behind—and the properties of—detectors used in medical applications. You will carefully study gas-, scintillation- and semiconducter-based detectors as well as detectors for neutrons. The primary output from such detectors is generally quite weak and an important aspect of this course is the introduction to various methods to detect feeble pulses of charges. You will perform practical quantitative measurements of the activity of radioactive substances. You will extend your prior knowledge on statistical treatment of experimental data and on estimates of systematic errors. In medical applications, it is obviously of great concern to be able to correctly estimate the experimental uncertainties and in this course, the principles for determining uncertainties, precision and accuracy are emphasized.

Teaching during the autumn term 2020

During the autumn semester 2020, lectures and the majority of problem solving sessions will be done remotely through Zoom. Laboratory work will be carried out on campus. Some problem solving sessions will be given on campus. The theory part of the course is examined through written and oral remote exams. The course is using the learning platform Athena.

  • Course structure

    This course is given during daytime. The course is part of the Medical Physicist Programme, but it can also be taken as an independent course.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures, group education, exercises and practical labs.


    The theoretical part of the course is assessed through a written exam, while the laboratory exercises are assessed through written reports.


    Irena Gudowska

    Phone: +468 553 780 81


  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    G F Knoll: Radiation detection and measurements John Wiley and Sons, Fourth Ed 2010

  • Course reports

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  • More information

    When can I apply?

    Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.

    Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.

    Read our step by step guide on how to apply

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:
    Mark Stockett, phone: 08 5573 8686, e-mail:
    Irena Gudowska, phone: 08 553 780 81, e-mail:

    Laboratory supervisor:
    Wille Häger, e-mail:
    Fredrik Kalholm, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: