BME 325-0-20: Introduction to Medical Imaging

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 1-1:50pm ; Sahakian


PHYSICS 135-3 or equivalent


Fundamentals of the four most-important clinical medical imaging modalities: X-ray, Ultrasound, Radionuclide, and MRI. The primary focus is on the physical principles, instrumentation methods, and imaging algorithms, however the medical interpretation of images, and the clinical, research and ethical issues in medical imaging are also included where possible to give students a deeper understanding of the development and applications of medical imaging.

Who Takes It?

This course is typically taken by seniors and first year graduate students from Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering who are interested in imaging.


  • Introduction to basic concepts of medical imaging
  • Generation and detection of x-rays, x-ray methods
  • Computed Tomography; Biological effects
  • Ultrasound: Acoustic fundamentals, generation and detection, diagnostic methods, biological effects
  • Radionuclide methods
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR/MRI)
  • MRI methods; Biological effects of EM fields
  • Emerging areas in medical imaging. Diagnostic value, statistical performance measures.
  • Project Presentations

Required Class Materials

The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, Third Edition, J.T. Bushberg, J. A. Seibert, E.M. Leidholdt, J.M. Boone, Publisher: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2012