Course syllabus

The course is given by the dept. of Electrical Engineering


Ida Häggström,

Ida Häggström (Introduction, SPECT, PET, Ultrasound)
Jennifer Alvén, (Signals & systems, image quality, Image reconstruction)
Felicia Hultqvist (X-ray)
Maria Hultenmo (CT)
Oscar Jalnefjord, (MRI)
David Hagerman Olzon, (Teaching assistant)

Guest lecturers
Maral Mirzai (Tomosynthesis)
Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez (Microscopy)
Paul Hockings (Clinical studies)
Åse Johnsson (Clinical applications)

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Course purpose 

The aim of this course is for students to gain a basic understanding of the engineering aspects of both contemporary and state-of-the-art technologies used to create medical images. In addition the student is expected to gain an understanding of how such images are used by doctors to confirm and characterize a medical condition, as well as to assess response to treatment. 

Course design

The course is divided into multiple learning blocks, where each block has its own module in canvas. Each block includes class room lectures at Chalmers and Reading instructions and exercises. For each of the three main blocks (magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray imaging, nuclear medicine imaging) there is also a mandatory project (computer lab). The course also includes guest lectures from academia, clinic, and industry.

Module 1: Introduction to medical imaging systems
Course introduction
Recap signals and systems
Image quality
Image reconstruction

Module 2: X-ray imaging
X-ray, physics and imaging
Computed tomography (CT), physics and imaging
One mandatory project (computer lab)

Module 3: Magnetic resonance imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physics and imaging
One mandatory project (computer lab)

Module 4: Nuclear medicine imaging
Single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), physics and imaging
Positron emission tomography (PET), physics and imaging
One mandatory project (computer lab)

Module 5: Other modalities and applications
Ultrasound, physics and imaging
Guest: Microscopy and cellular imaging
Guest: Tomosynthesis
Guest: Clinical studies
Guest: Clinical applications

Course litterature

J. L. Prince, J. M. Links, Medical Imaging - Signals and Systems, Prentice Hall, 2006
M. Chappell, Principles of Medical Imaging - From Signals to Images, Springer 2019 (available as e-book through Chalmers library)

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:
- describe the physical and biological basis of a range of contemporary and state-of-the-art medical image formation technologies;
- describe and apply the techniques and algorithms used in these technologies to generate/form images;
- compare and contrast competing image formation algorithms;
- implement one or more of these algorithms in software; and
- describe applications of these technologies and explain their limitations (e.g. for the detection and characterization of abnormal tissue).

Link to syllabus on the student portal: study plan


Thorough information is found here. Written exam with TH grading, and projects with assignments (pass/fail). Project points adds to the exam grading above pass

Old exams

Old exams with solutions are found here.