Medical Imaging

Subject BMEN90021 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours of lectures, tutorials and workshops (30 hours of lectures, 6 hours of tutorials, and 4 x three hour workshops) per semester
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Prerequisite for this subject is:

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Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Leigh Johnston


Assoc Prof Leigh Johnston


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.


Topics include:

Image metrics including signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratios, image resolution, image operations including convolution, filtering and edge detection;

Biophysical principles of X-ray, CT, PET, SPECT, MRI and ultrasound, and the mathematics of image reconstruction for each modality, including filtered backprojection and fourier reconstruction methods;

This material is complemented by the use of software tools (e.g. MATLAB) for data simulation, modelling, image manipulation and reconstruction techniques.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of the modalities of medical imaging systems
  2. Describe the physics and physiology fundamental to these imaging systems
  3. Apply the mathematics of each imaging modality
  4. Compute image reconstructions using back-projection methods
  5. Compute image reconstructions using fourier transform methods
  6. Identify basic causes of image contrast and artefacts
  7. Describe clinical applications of each imaging modality
  8. Apply their knowledge to understanding emerging medical imaging technologies.
  • One mid-semester test of one hour duration (10%). ILO's1-3 and 6-8 are assessed in the mid-semester test.
  • Attendance and participation in four laboratory classes in Weeks 2 to 12, working in groups of two, each with a written assignment of approximately 750 words and requiring approximately 9-10 hours of work including preparation (30% total). ILO's 3-7 are assessed through the laboratory assignments and submitted reports for two projects.
  • One end-of-semester examination of three hours duration (60%). ILO's 1-3 and 6-8 are assessed in the final written examination.

Hurdle requirement: Students 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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following 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.


The subject is delivered through lectures, tutorials and workshop classes for hands-on laboratory activities.


Students are provided with lecture slides, tutorials with worked solutions, laboratory sheets, and reference text lists.


Exposure to medical imaging in clinical and research settings through guest lectures, and hospital and laboratory visits.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biosignals
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Biomedical)

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