MDPH406-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Medical Imaging

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 imaging

Learning 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.

Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Konstantin Pavlov


Darin O'Keeffe

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

D.R. Dance et al; Diagnostic Radiology Physics – A Handbook for Teachers and Students ; (A free PDF is available here:-

D.W. McRobbie; MRI from Picture to Proton ; Third; 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 ; Third; 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).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,066.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the departments and faculties page .

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