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Medical Imaging PHYS4013

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the key principles and applications of Medical Imaging, and their relevance to current developments in physics.


18 lectures, on Mondays at 11am and Fridays at 10am, plus labs on Wednesdays between 2pm and 5pm

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses







Unseen examination, comprising compulsory short questions and a choice of 1 from 2 long questions.


Coursework, in the form of laboratory report.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non-honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below..

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessment of the main diet examination is normally available for students on PGT degree programmes if they do not achieve an overall course grade of C3 at their first attempt. Reassessment of the main diet examination is normally available for students on designated BSc degree programmes if they do not achieve an overall course grade of D3 at their first attempt. Reassessment of the main diet examination is not normally available for students on Honours degree programmes.


Reassessment is not normally allowed, for practical reasons, for any other assessed components of coursework.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

1. To describe the key physical principles of medical imaging

2. To explore the theory of medical imaging techniques in disease detection and diagnosis, monitoring of clinical procedures and monitoring response to therapy

3. to describe practical examples and applications of the most important imaging techniques.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Medical Imaging through the description and analysis of processes, relationships and techniques relevant to the following topics: basic imaging principles, including pixellation, linearity and stationarity; image noise and sensitivity; ultrasound; magnetic resonance imaging; radiology; nuclear medicine and tomographic techniques.

2. Write down and, where appropriate, either prove or explain the underlying basis of physical laws relevant to the course topics, discussing their applications and appreciating their relation to the topics of other courses taken.

3. Apply the ideas and techniques developed in the lectures to solve general classes of problems which may include straightforward 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.