Module Overview

Diagnostic Imaging

This module covers advanced concepts in Diagnostic Imaging Physics, including the physics of current state of the art technology.  To give the student an understanding of the principles and application of physical sciences in Medical Diagnostic Imaging, both in a theoretical and practical setting, with some emphasis on quality control and safety.

Module Code

PHYS 4835

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

X-ray Imaging

Review of X-ray production. Review of X-ray interactions with matter. Combination of effects. Broad beam and narrow beam attenuation. Absorption. Filtration and beam hardening. Fluoroscopy, Digital Subtraction Angiography, Computed Tomography. Screen-Film Combinations. Computed Radiography. Digital Radiography. Intensifying Screens. Scatter Reduction. Image Intensifiers. Flat Panel Detectors.  X-ray Image Quality.

Radionuclide Imaging

Nuclear Medicine Imaging. Radiopharmaceutical Production. Radiation Detectors. Gamma Cameras.. Static and Dynamic Imaging. Image Acquisition. Gating. Image Registration and Processing. SPECT. Image reconstruction. Attenuation Correction.  PET. Cyclotron Technology. Image Quality. Radiation Protection Principles and Safety.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Basic Principles of electromagnetism. Excitation. MR signal reception. Relaxation processes. Production of spin echoes. Magnetic Field Gradients. T1/T2 relaxation. Image sequences. Pulse echo techniques. MR spectroscopy. Magnetic Resonance Angiography. Contrast Agents. Diffusion Imaging. Perfusion Imaging. New Technology. Quality Control. Safety.

Ultrasound Imaging

Generation of ultrasound. Transducer Technology. Principles of ultrasound propagation. Interaction of Ultrasound with Tissue. B-Mode imaging. Tissue Harmonic Imaging. Compound Imaging. M-Mode Imaging. Doppler Imaging.  Contrast Agents. Tissue Doppler Imaging. Endoscopic Imaging. New Technology. Quality Control. Ultrasound Safety.

The laboratory component for this module consists of advanced laboratories experiments which are aligned with the module content.

Learning will largely take place in the classroom and in the laboratories. In addition, extensive use will be made of web-based facilities such as 1) appropriate on-line resources 2) appropriate problem solving exercises 3) further reading.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30