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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging: Common Image Processing Techniques 1 (NEME11041)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary(Only available to students of the Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) online distance learning programme.)

This course aims to introduce the student to the major forms of image analysis commonly used in neuroimaging research. This ranges from the 'bread and butter' techniques like qualitative and quantitative assessment of whole brain and subregional brain volumes to simple and complex ways of measuring lesion size, advanced MRS techniques, MR permeability imaging and multi-centre studies & combining datasets.
Course description The course covers the following topics:
Measurement of Lesion Size
Qualitative and quantitative assessment of brain volumes
Qualitative and quantitative assessment of white matter lesions
Advanced MR Spectroscopy techniques,
Multi-centre studies & combining datasets.
MR permeability imaging

In-course assessment consists of two activities that include both individual and group work.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to students of the Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) online distance learning programme
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Online Activities 40, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Revision Session Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 50%
Coursework 50%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Quantitatively and qualitatively assess brain volume
  2. Analyse individual measurements produced by peers and discuss sources of error
  3. Discuss the relative merits of various measurement approaches
  4. Describe age-related white matter changes, detect different types of white matter lesions and rate such lesions using various CT/MR rating scales.
  5. Present the limitations of traditional MRS methods and identify some of the advantages and limitations of advanced MRS methods
Reading List
Readings are listed for each module within the Virtual Learning Environment with links to Talis Aspire resource lists and to University library holdings.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAssessment of brain volumes & WML,Advanced MRS,Multi-centre studies,MR permeability imaging
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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