Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Introduction to medical imaging

Overall Course Objectives

To understand and apply the underlying physical principles of the main medical imaging modalities used at the hospital. This is obtained through student’s individual work (partly with interactive learning material (E-learning)), interactive lecturing and team-based, project-driven work.

Learning Objectives

  • understand and apply the basic physical principles and recording techniques of medical diagnostic ultrasound.
  • comprehend and apply the basic aspects of MRI.
  • understand and apply the physical principles of planar X-ray imaging.
  • comprehend and apply the physical principles and reconstruction of CT imaging.
  • understand and apply the basic physical principles of PET or SPECT.
  • explain the differences in the interaction of the probing energy with tissue for the imaging modalities.
  • handle and work with metric 3D data sets (preferably in MATLAB).
  • produce simple macroscopic anatomical photographs by tissue slicing.
  • evaluate and provide constructive criticism of own and team member’s work.
  • plan and conduct project work (including laboratory experiments) in teams.
  • write a report that fulfills the requirements for scientific communication in medical imaging.

Course Content

Medical imaging for visualisation of structure and function of the organs in the body: ultrasound, x-ray (shadow images and tomographic images (CT)), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT). The need for learning the physical principles of the above modalities, is driven by the project which is aimed at determining the type of biological tissue in an unknown box by actual use of the imaging modalities.

Recommended prerequisites

Physiology and anatomy. Good knowledge of MATLAB is essential. Basic knowledge of nuclear physics.

Teaching Method

Interactive lectures, clinical measurements at DTU and hospitals, computer exercises, project work. The course requires the participants to be experienced in MATLAB.


Bachelor students in Biomedical Engineering have first priority. Please consult the course homepage concerning the version of the course in the English language.

E-learning is used in the form of podcast lectures, peer review, on-line interactivity embedded in the teaching material (interactive quizzes and graphics) and web-based tools.

See course in the course database.





13 weeks


Health Tech


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 22481
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 13-17

7.500,00 DKK