Skip To Content
Engineering in Medical Imaging 1: Non-Ionizing Techniques is a Course

Engineering in Medical Imaging 1: Non-Ionizing Techniques

Time limit: 56 days
4.5 credits

Sorry! The enrollment period is currently closed. Please check back soon.

Full course description

Course Introduction:
This is the first course in a 2-semester investigation into the engineering of medical imaging modalities. These courses will provide the student with a functional understanding of some of the most common applications of engineering in medical imaging. This will include discussions of the underlying physics, device operation, image formation, and clinical applications of medical images.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course, students will be able to…
  • Calculate temporal and spatial frequencies, amplitudes, and phases of waves (EM and sound) and atomic structure
  • Analyze image properties (resolution, signal-to-noise, contrast-to-noise, etc.) relevant in medical imaging.
  • Explain the utility, applications, and validation of image analysis in medicine.
  • Assess random processes, noise patterns, and their influence on images and statistical tests
  • Identify science-based approaches to clinical validation of image data in diagnosing and treating disease.
  • Explain the processes of medical image production by:
    • X-ray (projection, mammography, fluoroscopy, CT),
    • Nuclear medicine (scintigraphy, SPECT, PET),
    • Radiation Therapy (IMRT, proton, heavy ion)
  • Plan for a future career in medical imaging by learning about professions in the field and the professional skills required

Module Topics:
0 - Math Review
1 - Interactions of Light with Matter
2 - Analog and Digital Signals and Images
3 - Data, Noise, and Statistics
4 - Images in Medicine
5 - MRI
6 - Ultrasound
7 - Optical Imaging

Robert Thomen, PhD
MU Extension Contacts for Enrollment: Sarah Rielley and Jonathan Mack

8 Weeks

Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering, MU College of Engineering 

45 continuing education hours (4.5 continuing education units); no academic credit

Non-traditional students.