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PH4045   Data Processing for Biomedical Imaging and Sensing

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 3.00 - 5.30 pm Mon, 2.00 - 4.30 pm Thu

Medical imaging and sensing technology plays a major role in the way people are diagnosed and treated in hospitals. Exploring these technologies, the underlying physics and the data analysis behind them enhances their current use and allows for insight into their potential future development. This module will cover: the different types of medical imaging (such as MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound and optical imaging), the fundamental principles and physics behind these techniques, their uses and limitations in a clinical setting, and applicable data treatment and signal processing techniques, including how to program these.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3080 or pass PH3082

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 5 hours of lecture/practicals (x11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 55

Guided independent study hours: 95

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Exam = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr M Mazilu
Module teaching staff: Dr M Mazilu, Dr P Cruickshank

Additional information from school

Aims & Objectives

 

Exploring biomedical imaging technologies, the underlying physics and the data analysis behind them enhances their current use and allows for insight into their potential future development. The objective is to numerically simulate, visualise and gain insight into a variety of medical imaging and sensing techniques.

 

Learning Outcomes

 

The module teaches the physics and data treatment involved in different medical imaging modalities. The students will be able to implement numerical methods necessary to simulate and/or treat data related to medical imaging and sensing. 

 

Synopsis

 

This module will cover different types of medical imaging (such as MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound and optical imaging), the fundamental principles and physics behind these techniques, their uses and limitations in a clinical setting, and applicable data treatment and signal processing techniques, including how to program these.

The module contact time is composed of 2 afternoon sessions per week of 2.5 hours each. Each session consists of a lecture type input introducing the subject followed by a guided programming and application part of the session.

 

Additional information on continuous assessment etc.

 

The continuous assessment part of this module includes a project. This project is split into two parts. In an initial part, the student is asked to read about the subject, develop an understanding of the technique in questions and to numerically implement this technique. All background material is provided at the start of the project. There is a milestone mid-project submission, which will ensure that the approach and technique is sound. In the second part of the project the students will use the code and understanding developed to finish the project with a short study and write up a report. The viva will consist of 10 minutes presentation by the student of the project followed by questions probing the results presented and understanding gained (physics, coding and data treatment).

Recommended Books

 

Please view University online record:

http://resourcelists.st-andrews.ac.uk/modules/ph4045.html

 

General information

Please also read the general information in the School's honours handbook that is available via st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php.