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Lancet. 2012 Apr 21;379(9825):1534-43. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60428-0. Epub 2012 Apr 18.

The importance of physics to progress in medical treatment.

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  • 1Institute for Medical Science and Technology, University of Dundee, UK.


Physics in therapy is as diverse as it is substantial. In this review, we highlight the role of physics--occasionally transitioning into engineering--through discussion of several established and emerging treatments. We specifically address minimal access surgery, ultrasound, photonics, and interventional MRI, identifying areas in which complementarity is being exploited. We also discuss some of the fundamental physical principles involved in the application of each treatment to medical practice.

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