MDPH406-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Medical Imaging

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Radiographic practice and terminology, image perception, x-ray, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, ultrasound, digital radiographic image measurement, patient dosimetry, occupational radiation dose factors, quality assurance.

This course will provide a background to the physical principles and practical aspects of medical imaging. The main imaging modalities considered are x-ray (including radiography, mammography, fluoroscopy, digital subtraction angiography and computed tomography), ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Summary of Course Content
• The general topics covered by this course are:
• Image science and image perception – an introduction
• PACS and an introduction to the DICOM standard
• Introduction to image processing
• Radiography – screen-film and digital radiography
• Fluoroscopy
• Digital subtraction angiography
• Mammography
• Computed tomography
• Magnetic resonance imaging
• Ultrasound imaging

Learning Outcomes
• On completing this course you should be able to
• Describe basic principles underlying imaging methods
• Discuss principles of operation of medical imaging equipment
• Recognise safety aspects of imaging with ionising and non-ionising radiation
• Understand basic quality control of medical imaging equipment
• Recognise potential sources of artefacts or inaccuracy
• Discuss a range of clinical applications of imaging modalities
• Discuss radiation doses associated with medical imaging methods
• Discuss image processing used in medical imaging
• Discuss perception in relation to image display methods


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 A4 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 612
15 Jul - 18 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
01-P2 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 612
19 Aug - 25 Aug

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 612
19 Aug - 25 Aug

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Konstantin Pavlov


Darin O'Keeffe


Assignment 1- 10% (due week 6)
Assignment 2- 10% (due week 9)
Assignment 3- 10% (due week 12)
Mid-course test- 15%
Final exam - 55% (TBA)

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

R. Behling; Modern diagnostic X-ray sources: technology, manufacturing, reliability ; 2016 (available electronically via the Library website).

Robert W. Brown, et al; Magnetic resonance imaging: physical principles and sequence design ; 2nd; 2014 (available electronically via the Library website).

W.R. Hendee, E.R. Ritenour; Medical imaging physics ; Fourth; Wiley, 2002 (available electronically via the Library website).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,145.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

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