Medical Imaging

Subject BMEN90021 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours of lectures, tutorials and workshops
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Prerequisite for this subject is:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013





Recommended Background Knowledge:


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Anti-requisites for this subject are:

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the engineering, physics and physiology of medical imaging, including the history and progression of medical imaging modalities as well as emerging imaging technologies in clinical and research practise. Topics covered include: x-ray, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.


On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the principles of the modalities of medical imaging systems;
  • Describe the physics and physiology fundamental to these imaging systems;
  • Apply the mathematics of each imaging modality;
  • Compute image reconstructions using back-projection methods;
  • Compute image reconstructions using fourier transform methods;
  • Identify basic causes of image contrast and artefacts;
  • Describe clinical applications of each imaging modality;
  • Apply their knowledge to understanding emerging medical imaging technologies.
  • One mid-semester examination of one hour duration (10%);
  • Four laboratory assignments based upon projects using MATLAB due throughout weeks 2-12 (30%);
  • One end-of-semester examination of three hours duration (60%), must pass end of semester examination to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

"Fundamentals of Medical Imaging" by Paul Suetens, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press 2009.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biosignals
Master of Biomedical Engineering
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Biomedical)

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