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Zhongwei Zhi
BIOEN 420
Seattle Campus

Medical Imaging

Various medical imaging modalities (x-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound, PET, SPECT optical imaging, etc.) and their applications in medicine and biology. Extends basic concepts of signal processing (BIOEN 303) to the two and three dimensions relevant to imaging physics, image reconstruction, image processing, and visualization. Prerequisite: either BIOEN 316 or E E 235; either MATH 136, MATH 308, or AMATH 352; either CSE 142 or AMATH 301.

Class description

This course introduces imaging methods in medicine and biology. Medical imaging systems to be analyzed include conventional X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (PET and SPECT), ultrasound and optical imaging. Each of these modalities will be introduced from basic physical principles to the process of image formation. Also, basic concepts in medical image processing and analysis will be introduced. The course includes three hours of lecture per week and four laboratories that will involve actual medical imaging devices. A course project will also be assigned so that students will not only design new medical imaging systems with the knowledge learn in the classroom, but also explore real world applications with reasonable amount self-learning.

Student learning goals

Learn the different methods and modalities used for medical imaging.

Learn the preferred medical imaging methods for routine clinical applications.

Understand the engineering models used to describe and analyze medical images.

Apply these tools to different problems in medical imaging.

Implement methods to analyze medical images as part of a term project

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Advanced Calculus, Signal and Systems Processing BIOEN 316 or E E 235; MATH 136, MATH 308, or AMATH 352; CSE 142 or AMATH 301.

Class assignments and grading

The course employs lectures, 5 laboratories, 4 homework, 2 examinations and a term project.

The course grading will be 25% for homework, 25% for the project, 20% for the midterm, 20% for the final and 10% for labs.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Zhongwei Zhi
Date: 09/21/2013