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Advanced Medical Imaging Systems - ELEC418

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful medical imaging technique which is nowadays routinely applied in all major hospitals. A well-known advantage of MRI is its superior soft tissue contrast and its harmless character. Since its invention, MRI technology has known an enormous expansion both conceptual and in hardware development. This evolution has enabled quantitative mapping of different microstructural and physiological properties non-invasively. MRI comprises a growing field of multi-disciplinary research that involves physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computational modelling, image processing and medicine.

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the physics of MRI. The course will cover the basic physics of nuclear magnetization and nuclear magnetic resonance, image formation, the hardware components of an MRI scanner, safety and health aspects of MRI scanning and advanced research techniques such as diffusion MRI, functional MRI, multi-nuclear MRI and hyperpolarized MRI.

Finally, other experimental imaging techniques such as electrical impedance tomography (EIT), photo-acoustic imaging, Terahertz imaging, infrared (IR) imaging and diffuse optical tomography (DOT) will be discussed.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day (Field trip: A visit to medical imaging facilities at Macquarie University Hospital (Macquarie Medical Imaging) will be organized. The field trip may depend on the number of students enrolled in the unit.)

Staff Contact(s): Professor Yves De Deene

ELEC316 and (ELEC275 or PHYS201) and PHYS202 Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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