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Radiographic practice and terminology, image perception, x-ray, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, ultrasound, digital radiographic image measurement, patient dosimetry, occupational radiation dose factors, quality assurance.
This course will provide a background to the physical principles and practical aspects of medical imaging. The main imaging modalities considered are x-ray (including radiography, mammography, fluoroscopy, digital subtraction angiography and computed tomography), ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.Summary of Course Content• The general topics covered by this course are:• Image science and image perception – an introduction• PACS and an introduction to the DICOM standard• Introduction to image processing• Radiography – screen-film and digital radiography• Fluoroscopy• Digital subtraction angiography• Mammography• Computed tomography• Magnetic resonance imaging• Ultrasound imagingLearning Outcomes• On completing this course you should be able to• Describe basic principles underlying imaging methods• Discuss principles of operation of medical imaging equipment• Recognise safety aspects of imaging with ionising and non-ionising radiation• Understand basic quality control of medical imaging equipment• Recognise potential sources of artefacts or inaccuracy• Discuss a range of clinical applications of imaging modalities• Discuss radiation doses associated with medical imaging methods• Discuss image processing used in medical imaging• Discuss perception in relation to image display methods
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
D.R. Dance et al;
Diagnostic Radiology Physics – A Handbook for Teachers and Students
(A free PDF is available here:- http://www-pub.iaea.org/books/IAEABooks/8841/Diagnostic-Radiology-Physics-A-Handbook-for-Teachers-and-Students).
MRI from Picture to Proton
Cambridge University Press, 2017 (Available electronically via the Library website and via a link from the MDPH 406 Learn page).
J.T. Bushberg et al;
The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging
Williams and Wilkins, 2012 (Mostly Sections I and II. (available electronically via the Library website)).
Other useful reference texts:-W.R. Hendee, E.R. Ritenour; Medical imaging physics; Fourth; Wiley, 2002 (available electronically via the Library website).Robert W. Brown, et al; Magnetic resonance imaging: physical principles and sequence design; 2nd; 2014 (available electronically via the Library website).R. Behling; Modern diagnostic X-ray sources: technology, manufacturing, reliability; 2016 (available electronically via the Library website).Willi A. Kalender; Computed Tomography: Fundamentals, System Technology, Image Quality, Applications; 2011 (available electronically via the Library website).
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Domestic fee $1,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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