X-ray and Nuclear Biomedical Imaging

Autumn 2012 SLN - 11197

Part of the UW Graduate Student Program in Biomedical Imaging

Course Instructor

Paul Kinahan

Office: Fisheries Center 222 (now called Portage Bay Building)
Phone: 206.543.0246


  • Times: Tue. and Thurs. 3:30-4:50 pm
  • Location: Mary Gates Hall 254

UW General Catalog Course Description

This course introduces core concepts of biomedical imaging. Biomedical imaging is a multidisciplinary field where physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, and medicine converge. As part of a sequence covering the main biomedical imaging modalities, this course focuses on x-ray and nuclear imaging methods and their applications in biology and medicine. Specifically, the course will cover the principles of the interactions of radiation with matter, the fundamental concept of an imaging equation, the inverse problem of image formation, and image SNR. In addition, key concepts in contrast agents, biomedical image processing / analysis and  uses in clinical diagnosis, therapy, and research will be introduced.

Course Structure and Grading Policy

The course uses lectures, homework and Matlab-based computational mini-projects illustrating imaging concepts (60%), a midterm exam (20%), and a group project (20%).

Course Pre-requisites

Signal and systems (linear systems), Fourier transforms and/or advanced linear algebra.


There is no required textbook for this course. Reference articles and materials will be posted on the course website.  The length and number of articles will be limited to ensure students have time to thoroughly read and understand the material.


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Mini Project 3 posted
Dec 4, 2012 9:43 PM
Due Dec 14
Mini Project 2 Posted
Nov 8, 2012 12:42 AM
Due November 21
Midterm Exam Oct 30
Oct 27, 2012 5:00 PM
Open notes.
Mini Project 1 Posted
Oct 17, 2012 9:28 AM
Due October 26 11:59 PM. Submit via Homework Dropbox.
Oct 16, 2012 2:27 PM
Lectures and Matlab notes in the Course Materials section
Sep 27, 2012 8:32 AM
Lectures are posted in the Course Materials section
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