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Postgraduate Course: Imaging: Techniques and physics (NEME11016)

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
SummaryThis core course will bring students with a wide variety of backgrounds to a basic common understanding of imaging history, imaging techniques - both in research and clinically, what an image is and how images are processed and manipulated.
Course description Modules cover but are not limited to: Orientation to imaging, Imaging with ionizing radiation, Computed tomography, MR basics, Ultrasound basics, Doppler ultrasound, SPECT & PET, Light microscopy, Contrast agents in imaging, Images - fundamentals
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
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, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 72 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of continuous, in-course assessments and a final assessment. In-course assessment will be composed of a mixture of multiple choice-type questions, short essays, practical tasks, contributions to discussions and group learning activities - and will be delivered in time with individual modules making up the course. Final assessment will normally include a combination of multiple choice-type questions and short essays and it will take place at the end of the course period.

A number of bespoke technologies and the University's online assessment tool QuestionMark Perception will be used to deliver the more interactive and visually driven elements of assessment.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of imaging physics and related techniques starting from basics and progressing to specific modalities (including: CT, MR, US, SPECT, PET, Light Microscopy, Contrast agents)
  2. Critically compare and contrast imaging modalities and effectively communicate their relative merits and pitfalls to peers and other interested parties.
  3. Debate the relative strengths & weaknesses of imaging techniques applied to specific situations.
  4. Receive & respond to critical appraisal professionally.
Reading List
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided through the institutional online learning environment.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements All courses are delivered online by distance learning, using the institutional learning environment and other online tools (e.g. wiki, objective testing software), accessed by using the standard university EASE login.
KeywordsHistory,Ionizing radiation,Non-ionizing radiation,Computed radiography (CR),X-rays,Computed tom
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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