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Imaging & Sensing in Body & Brain

(15 Credits)


The principal aims of this module are 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.

Learning Outcomes:

At completion, students will be able to:
• Demonstrate a sound 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 application development, 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 enabling progress in medical research and delivered healthcare.

Illustrative Bibliography :

Anthony B. Wolbarst, Medical Imaging: Essentials for Physicians, Wiley 2014 (E-Book)
Troy Farncombe, Krzysztof Iniewski [Editors]: Medical imaging : technology and applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2014 [E-Book]
S. Webb (Ed), The Physics of Medical Imaging, Hilger
B.H. Brown et. al., Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering IOPP
G. Steele, Basic Clinical Radiobiology, Arnold
Bomford et. al., Walter and Miller's textbook of radiotherapy, Churchill