Short Title:Medical Imaging & Graphics
Full Title:Medical Imaging & Graphics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MEDG H3000
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
Module Delivered in no programmes
Reviewed By:DIARMUID RUSH
Module Author:Philip Purcell
Module Description:The aim of this module is to familiarise the student with the fundamentals of medical imaging. Further, the student will gain hands on experience in the process of creating CAD geometry and finite element meshes using medical imaging data.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the principles of operation of medical imaging systems and use the laws of electromagnetism to arrive at Maxwell's equations and apply them to simple electromagnetic wave situations
LO2 Describe the principles of operation of X-Ray scanners including X-Ray generation, interaction, attenuation and detection
LO3 Explain the principles of operation of a Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner and calculate attenuation coefficient matrix as used in CT image reconstruction
LO4 Describe the principles of operation and applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound
LO5 Construct, using medical imaging data, 3D CAD geometry and FE meshes for use in the design and analysis of medical devices
LO6 Research, critically evaluate and present information from a variety of Medical Imaging literature sources. Then develop, manage and document a defined Medical Imaging design project using a self-driven process to meet objectives and present the project (oral and written), with arguments and information set out in a coherent, logical sequence.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Medical Imaging Systems
History of medical imaging and applications in design of orthopaedic, maxillofacial and pulmonary medical devices and implants. Applications of medical imaging in research including recreation of geometry and measurement of tissue density.
10.00%
Principles of Operation
Waves and vibration, electromagnetic waves, signal to noise and contrast to noise ratio, static vs. dynamic imaging, projection vs. tomography, anatomical vs. functional.
20.00%
X-Ray Imaging
Ionization and Excitation of electrons, electromagnetic radiation, X-Ray generation, interaction, attenuation and detection
10.00%
Computed Tomography (CT)
Planar vs. Computed Tomography, image capture and reconstruction, spiral CT, detector technology, Hounsfield scale, density measurement, dual source, DEXA
10.00%
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
History of MRI, scanner components, basics of nuclear magnetic resonance, detection of signals, resolution, applications.
10.00%
Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound
Radioactive tracers, radioactive decay, detection and imaging of gamma rays (scintigraphy, SPECT) and positrons (PET). Ultrasound wave propagation, bulk modulus, density, speed of sound for a given material.
10.00%
CAD and Finite Elements Mesh
Acquisition and import of medical image data, segmentation of scanned tissue, processing of segmented data, export of geometry.
30.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Lab report on workshop assignment to import a medical image dataset and perform image processing operations to output a finite element mesh. 5 10.00 Week 5
Assignment Mini project to develop, manage and document a defined Medical Imaging design project using a self-driven process to meet objectives and present the project (oral and written), with arguments and information set out in a coherent, logical sequence. 5,6 40.00 Week 11
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures & Tutorials 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab Computer lab based workshops 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Independent Learning 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures & Tutorials 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab Computer lab based workshops 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent Learning 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Robb, Richard A, Biomedical imaging, visualization, and analysis [ISBN: 978047128353]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Whaites. Churchill Livingstone, Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology [ISBN: 044 305 3499]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • THE JOURNAL OF PHYSICS IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY
  • THE JOURNAL OF RADIOGRAPHY
Other Resources