Mar 27, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BE 4830 - Medical Imaging Systems

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the modalities of clinical medical imaging. Students will learn the physics of how an image is created and how imaging equipment acquires the image. Medical image processing techniques are also practiced. Topics include image formation, X-ray, computed tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, nuclear and image processing. (prereq: BE 4800  or EE 3220 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Possess the skills necessary to function in an entry level biomedical engineer in medical imaging. This includes understanding how an image is created in each of the major imaging modalities including x-ray, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear imaging, and ultrasound. This also includes being familiar with overall system design for imaging systems in each of the major imaging modalities and being familiar with common medical imaging algorithms implemented in imaging system software
  • Implement using software tools, common image processing methods. Example software tools include MATLAB
  • Have team practice in presenting technical information in a written manner of a professional

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Ability to apply time and frequency convolution
  • Ability to understand and apply Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms
  • Ability to understand and apply basic concepts in digital signal processing

Course Topics
  • Overview of all imaging modalities, their history, and contemporary clinical applications (3 classes)
  • Image processing (1 class)
  • Radiation (2 classes)
  • X-ray imaging and fluoroscopy (4 classes)
  • Computed tomography (3 classes)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (4 classes)
  • Nuclear imaging including PET and SPECT (3 classes)
  • Ultrasound (4 classes)
  • Emerging imaging modalities (3 classes)
  • Five quizzes and discussion of quizzes (3 classes)
  • Review and in-class image processing assignments (1 class)
  • Guest speakers (2 classes)

Laboratory Topics
  • At least two take-home image processing assignments will be given, dealing with image processing of CT and PET images in standard DICOM format. The projects will involve the standard normalization, display and post-processing of medical images, typically performed in clinical practice. The students will have an opportunity to implement image processing techniques such as Maximum Intensity Projections, image segmentation, image filtering, and others

Olga Imas

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