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Paul Kinahan

September 2016



X-ray and Nuclear Biomedical Imaging

Autumn 2014 SLN - 11306

Part of the UW Graduate Student Program in Biomedical Imaging

Course Instructor

Paul Kinahan, PhD FIEEE
Professor of Radiology, Bioengineering, and Physics
Phone: 206-543-0246


  • Times: Tue. and Thurs. 3:30-4:50 pm

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.


Lecture dates listed. Note that there are no classes November 11 and 13.
Adobe Acrobat file icon Syllabus X-ray and Nuclear ...pdf96K Download View


Mini Project 1 posted
Oct 6, 2014 10:03 AM
Due Oct 16
New assignment 2 posted
Sep 30, 2014 3:14 AM
Paper for reading is posted in course materials.
A 1 page summary is due on Oct 7
Chat board is open
Sep 30, 2014 3:12 AM
Feel free to ask questions and Laurie or I will reply
Sep 24, 2014 4:30 PM
Lectures will be posted in the Course Materials section
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