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The Physics of Medical Imaging MED5301

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

An in depth introduction to the physics of medical imaging - principally the modalities MRI and nuclear medicine


This course is made up of lectures and workshops in semester 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Written exam 70%

2 x written assignments (15% each)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course aims to cover all aspects of medical imaging:

■ the fundamental physics and mathematics of medical imaging

■ the scientific and technical aspects of different ionising and non-ionising modalities

■ strategic issues, especially including radiation safety involved in working in a modern UK NHS imaging section.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge of the physics & technology of MRI imaging

■ demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge of the basic principles & technology of nuclear medicine imaging and non-imaging measurements

■ apply a range of specialised skills relating to working with ionising radiation and MRI (including assessing equipment quality assurance, and evaluating MRI safety issues and calculations of radiation dosimetry) 

■ apply the ideas and techniques developed in the lectures to evaluate general classes of problems which may include unseen elements

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.