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Medical Imaging (BMEN90021)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90021
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject introduces students to the engineering, physics and physiology of medical imaging, including the history and progression of medical imaging modalities as well as emerging imaging technologies in clinical and research practise. Topics covered include: x-ray, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.


Topics include:

Image metrics including signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratios, image resolution, image operations including convolution, filtering and edge detection;

Biophysical principles of X-ray, CT, PET, SPECT, MRI and ultrasound, and the mathematics of image reconstruction for each modality, including filtered backprojection and fourier reconstruction methods;

This material is complemented by the use of software tools (e.g. MATLAB) for data simulation, modelling, image manipulation and reconstruction techniques.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of the modalities of medical imaging systems
  2. Describe the physics and physiology fundamental to these imaging systems
  3. Apply the mathematics of each imaging modality
  4. Compute image reconstructions using back-projection methods
  5. Compute image reconstructions using fourier transform methods
  6. Identify basic causes of image contrast and artefacts
  7. Describe clinical applications of each imaging modality
  8. Apply their knowledge to understanding emerging medical imaging technologies.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BMEN30006 Circuits and Systems
Semester 1

OR equivalent

(Prerequisite is waived for students admitted to the 200 point program of the Master of Engineering (Biomedical specialisation).



Non-allowed subjects

Anti-requisites for this subject are:

BMEN90005 BMEN40006

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • One mid-semester test of one hour duration (10%). ILOs 1-3 and 6-8 are assessed in the mid-semester test.
  • Attendance and participation in four laboratory classes in Weeks 2 to 12, working in groups of two, each with a written assignment of approximately 750 words and requiring approximately 9-10 hours of work including preparation (30% total). ILOs 3-7 are assessed through the laboratory assignments and submitted reports for two projects.
  • One end-of-semester examination of three hours duration (60%). ILOs 1-3 and 6-8 are assessed in the final written examination.

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass end of semester examination to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorLeigh Johnston
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours of lectures, tutorials and workshops (30 hours of lectures, 6 hours of tutorials, and 4 x three hour workshops) per semester
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Leigh Johnston
    Email: l.johnston@unimelb.edu.au

    Andrew Zalesky
    Email: azalesky@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Recommended texts and other resources

    "Fundamentals of Medical Imaging" by Paul Suetens, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press 2009.

  • Subject notes


    The subject is delivered through lectures, tutorials and workshop classes for hands-on laboratory activities.


    Students are provided with lecture slides, tutorials with worked solutions, laboratory sheets, and reference text lists.


    Exposure to medical imaging in clinical and research settings through guest lectures, and hospital and laboratory visits.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 27 July 2019