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ES97D - Biomedical Imaging and Medical Devices

  • Module code: ES97D
  • Module name: Biomedical Imaging and Medical Devices
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce students to the fundamental principles and applications of medical imaging in the human body, and to imaging and sensing in the brain. Techniques include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), and Ultrasound. The module will provide students with a firm grounding in the basic theory underpinning the core methods in clinical practice, as well as an awareness of emerging technologies and their applications.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the complex underlying principles of modern medical imaging and sensing.
  • Critically evaluate, compare and contrast the primary methods in clinical practice for investigation of the human body and brain.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative assessments related to the theoretical and practical constraints on state-of-the-art imaging and sensing technologies, including spatial and temporal resolution, sensitivity, and specificity for the structural or functional properties to be detected.
  • Understand key drivers for the development of advanced applications, including an appreciation of how medical imaging and sensing support areas of diagnostics, surgery, and therapy.
  • Understand how recent developments, e.g. in multimodal imaging, are advancing progress at the frontiers of medical research and delivered healthcare.