This unit aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the modern medical instrumentation technologies used in biomedical imaging and the associated instrumentation design, including advanced applications of medical imaging. An additional focus of the unit is to provide students with knowledge on key techniques for image processing and image reconstruction used in medical imaging.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Explain the physics and mathematics that form the basis of a selection of key current imaging modalities (K1, K2, K3, K4, S1, S2, S3)
  • Evaluate and discuss current research into imaging modalities (K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7)
  • Identify suitable imaging techniques for a given application (K3, S1, S2, S3, S4, A1)
  • Apply image processing and reconstruction methodologies to medical images (K1, K2, K3, S1, S2, S3, S4, A4)
  • Evaluate the suitability of various image processing techniques to images generated by common imaging modalities (K3, S1, S2, S3)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 8 weeks 16
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 4 weeks 8
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 10 - 20% 1,2 
ExaminationIndividual 35 - 45% 1,2,3,4,5 
Laboratory PracticalsIndividual 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4 
Online QuizzesIndividual 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4,5 
Research PresentationIndividual 10 - 20% 4,5 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • X-ray physics and instrumentation (including synchrotron use for medical imaging)
  • Computed Tomography (Fourier Transforms, image reconstruction methods)
  • MRI physics and instrumentation (including image reconstruction)
  • Radioisotope imaging physics and instrumentation
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG) physics and instrumentation
  • Advanced image processing related to clinical practice
  • Medical imaging safety and ethics

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.