2020 Medical Imaging Systems

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Graduate major in Information and Communications Engineering
Nakamura Kentaro  Tabaru Marie  Obi Takashi 
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Course description and aims

Medical system is essential for our health and lives. Especially, medical imaging system which can create non-invasively images of inside our bodies is remarkable. In this course, you will learn about ultrasound, X-ray, X-ray CT, MRI, PET, and OCT. Fundamental skills about medical imaging system, elemental technical, clinical applications will be obtained.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Acquire knowledge related to the fundamentals of the medical imaging systems.
2) Acquire knowledge related to the practical use and application of the medical imaging system and ability to identify challenges.


MRI, Radiography, X-ray CT, Gamma Camera, SPECT, PET

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Every class has a lecture. After attending the class, students are expected to review the contents of the class. Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and basics of X-ray modality Understand the principle of the parts of the X-ray imaging system and to explain the X-ray imaging method.
Class 2 Basics of medical ultrasonic instrument Understand the medical ultrasound imaging system and explain elemental technologies used there.
Class 3 Computed Tomography Understanding the device configuration of X-ray CT and be able to explain its basic principle of X-ray CT.
Class 4 Nuclear Imaging Understand and explain the the basic principles of Gammma camera, SPECT and PET.
Class 5 Piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer Understanding basic knowledge on piezoelectric effect and ultrasound physics.
Class 6 Ultrasonic array transducer and high intensity ultrasound Understanding characteristics of beam profile in ultrasonic transducer as well as high intensity ultrasonic field.
Class 7 Optical coherence tomography and other optical methods Understanding basic principles of optical coherence tomography and other optical methods.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of the medical imaging modarities and those clinical usage.
Students’ course scores are based on class reports (50%) and final report (50%).

Related courses

  • ICT.H504 : Medical Image Processing

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance

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